Summer holiday in Norfolk – Part 1

The first holiday with a 6 months old is always tricky. It’s the first time for both the parents and the baby. You want to make the right decision. Usually, Grumpy Boyfriend and I would go to some exotic location after having work too hard the entire year. Yeah, even my first month off work without Baba was tricky! Shopping, eating, reading, being bored… C’était difficile!

Last year was all glam and romantic as we went to New York for my big birthday celebration. I turned 30 years old… And no, Grumpy Boyfriend didn’t propose to me… I know, it’s about time after more than 6 years together. He is probably waiting for THE moment in Italy or like in a super smart place.

Anyway, no Spain or hot location for us this year. We first thought about going to Wales but realised the journey would be a bit long for Baba. I was not really fussy about the destination pour être honnête. All I wanted was to leave London and see something else. But when Grumpy Boyfriend told me he booked something in Norfolk, my first reaction was pretty much like this:


I mean really, Frenchie Mummy in Norfolk?! The only thing I know about this place is Alan Partridge…

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I was horrified but decided to let it go as I left Grumpy Boyfriend being in charge…


Cependant to my surprise, when we arrived, the boy did really well. He booked us a nice flat with a private swimming-pool and our own hot-tub! I will probably put some pictures on Instagram later on, so make sure you check it out!

So far, all good. Now here is our day 1 of our Norfolkie holiday. Yeah, I created a word. I am allowed after all, as it is my Frenchie website ?!

We decided to go to the seaside and off we went to Sheringham. It’s there, I even put some maps for you…

Sheringham is a traditional seaside town which is quite popular because of its sea, cliffs, fine pebble beach and its crabs! Yeah yeah, crabs. I indeed had a delicious crab sandwich yesterday!

No for the pictures, you will excuse us for the lack of it. Mais it’s Grumpy Boyfriend’s fault! The wally took the camera but realised too late (when we arrived on the coast!) that the battery was dead. Heureusement Frenchie Mummy had her phone and saved the day!

We walked along the promenade while Baba was amazed at the sea gulls and we also saw some funny houses.

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Frenchie Mummy went shopping a bit. Vintage shopping is always good!

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Most importantly, we eventually got a bit hungry and headed off to a lovely tea room where Mummy enjoyed herself with a flat white and some rocky rock gateau au chocolat

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Looks yummy, right? It was indeed. So much that Baba wanted to have a bit of it! But the big news for Baba was actually him seating on a high chair in a public place for the first time. The reason why we never did it is simple. Those chairs you have in restaurants are always quite spacious and I am always worried that Baba would slide off. I know, he is quite big and it’s very unlikely…


The day continued as we then went to the Pensthorpe Natural Park. But that would be in another post folks! Frenchie Mummy is tired and wants to enjoy the hot tub now!!

And for proper photos of Sheringham, here we go:

Don’t forget to follow our Norfolkie adventures this week. And possibly next week as well. Frenchie Mummy is not sure she will resist the appeal of the private swimming pool and hot tub. She might even totally forget about her blog …

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  1. July 25, 2016 / 9:36 pm

    OMG! You beat me to it. I hail from Norfolk. Born and bred and went to school only 10 miles from Sheringham. Am posting soon on the must sees….in the meantime will be sending you a to do list! xx

    • thefrenchiemummy
      July 25, 2016 / 9:38 pm

      We are leaving soon. But I will keep your tips for next time we go! Thanks for reading x

  2. teacuptoria
    July 27, 2016 / 6:08 am

    Haha Alan Partridge! I used to watch that all the time, so funny. Have a fab time on holiday. The boyfriend did good – a hot tub?!! Woo hoo!
    Tor xx #sharewithme
    (p.s. stop blogging and enjoy your holiday!!)

    • thefrenchiemummy
      July 27, 2016 / 6:28 am

      I loved Alan too! I know I should not be blogging but it’s so addictive!!!! xx

  3. July 27, 2016 / 6:13 am

    Welcome to Norfolk lovely! Head to Cromer one day too it’s lovely. Looking forward to reading more about your adventures in our lovely part of the world (even though it takes ages to get here)! xx #bloggerclubuk

    • thefrenchiemummy
      July 27, 2016 / 6:29 am

      The journey was indeed so long but so worth it. So far, it’s all so pretty. Leaving today but really enjoyed it x

  4. MummyTravels
    July 27, 2016 / 8:23 am

    Haha it does have that reputation doesn’t it but there’s some lovely coast there. Vintage and tea shops sounds pretty good. #bloggerclubuk

  5. July 27, 2016 / 8:36 am

    I don’t know Norfolk at all well, such a long way from Cornwall, but I hope you have enjoyed your stay, sounds like its been a success from the other comments here. Popping by from #sharewithme

  6. islandliving365
    July 27, 2016 / 9:09 am

    “a-haaaaaa” Sorry (not sorry). We head to Norfolk in a couple of weeks to celebrate our wedding anniversary. My reaction to the news was very similar to yours – “say waaaaaaaaaa, Norfolk not romantic, give me Paris!” However, this post has perked me up and I am now hoping for oodles of romance :- ) #bloggerclubuk

    • thefrenchiemummy
      July 27, 2016 / 4:34 pm

      You might enjoy it. Good luck and let me know what you did xx

  7. July 27, 2016 / 3:21 pm

    Aww looks like a lovely holiday! I’ve never been to Norfolk but we are going this summer as it happens…great to spend some times away with the family! Hope you have a proper rest my dear 🙂 As a side note, I have also been with my other half for 6 years and he still hasn’t proposed…..hmmm 😉 xx #bloggerclubuk

    • thefrenchiemummy
      July 27, 2016 / 5:55 pm

      Ridiculous! what is wrong with those two? We are obviously both super wife material… xxx

  8. July 27, 2016 / 11:24 pm

    Looks like Baba had a good time. Well done travelling with a 6-month-old. We’ve always made a point of introducing our kids to travel at a young age – two of our three travelled to Australia before their first birthday! #BloggerClubUK

  9. July 28, 2016 / 6:15 am

    We are heading to Norfolk for our holiday too this weekend! Would love some recommendations of places to go!

    • thefrenchiemummy
      July 28, 2016 / 6:24 am

      Hockham and Sheringham are lovely, Also try Norwich with its markets and the royal arcade x

  10. July 28, 2016 / 9:28 pm

    Aww your little man looks sp cute and pleased with himself sat in the highchair. Can’t say I’ve ever been to Norfolk of thought of if as a holiday destination but it sounds like you’ve been having a lovely time xx#blogginggoodtime

    • thefrenchiemummy
      July 28, 2016 / 9:32 pm

      Believe it or not, it’s actually lovely! Would go back any time! thanks for reading and for your help earlier on xxx

  11. July 28, 2016 / 10:21 pm

    We used to holiday in Sheringham (well, just outside) as children, staying in a friends’ static caravan. A lovely place to visit. #ablogginggoodtime

  12. Kat
    July 30, 2016 / 10:25 am

    Oh you are funny 😀 It looks like you are set up for a wonderful holiday! The tea and cake slice look scrummy! I love the maps you did, they made me giggle 😀 #fortheloveofblog

  13. Alex Muir
    July 30, 2016 / 9:55 pm

    A swimming pool in Norfolk!? The boy did good! Enjoy your chill-out time! That photo of the little one is absolutely adorable #KCACOLS

  14. markusj75
    July 31, 2016 / 1:14 pm

    Norfolk is a lovely place on this our island. We moved to the tri-county area ( cambridge, Lincolnshire, Norfolk ) about 2 years ago. We are literally in the middle of these three beautiful counties. Our favourite place to go with our boys has to be Hunstanton. The beach is beautiful and the sea life centre there is a brilliant little place to visit and have some fun with the kids. What we love most of all though is the little village we live in and the primary school there our boys go to. #KCACOLS

  15. July 31, 2016 / 2:31 pm

    Anywhere with a hot tub and pool sounds great to me. The tea room looks lovely, I love those herb pots. Hoping you enjoy your time away and the sun makes an appearance for you! #KCACOLS

  16. July 31, 2016 / 2:37 pm

    Looks lovely. Sometimes things we expect not to enjoy turn out to be great after all. The flat you stayed in sounds great too. #KCACOLS

  17. July 31, 2016 / 6:04 pm

    Ooh how exciting! Hot tub= serious husband brownie points! It is tricky to find a trip away that is going to be more enjoyable than a hassle with a babba. Looks like you have managed it though! Enjoy! #KCACOLS

    • thefrenchiemummy
      July 31, 2016 / 6:13 pm

      It was very good in the end. That was great because I didn’t have much hope at the start… Thanks for stopping by xx

  18. OddHogg
    July 31, 2016 / 9:43 pm

    A swimming pool and hot tub!?! Good work grumpy boyfriend! #KCACOLS

    • thefrenchiemummy
      July 31, 2016 / 9:49 pm

      Yes! He did good.He knew that I would moan a lot if we had a so-so place. I think he didn’t even want to try it… Thanks for reading x

  19. Mimi Rose & Me
    August 1, 2016 / 7:36 am

    Oooh I live in Norfolk and there are so many beautiful place you can visit. I absolutely love Sheringham. It sounds as if grumpy boyfriend did really well and I love this pic of your little one. #MarvMondays

  20. August 1, 2016 / 8:14 am

    aw it sounds great! and it doesn’t have to be miles away to exotic locations! for me now, a great holiday is one where the boy eats and sleeps and has minimal tantrums lol! thanks for joining #fortheloveofblog hope you can come back next week!

  21. Angela / Only Crumbs Remain
    August 1, 2016 / 8:58 am

    Norfolk is somewhere I REALLY want to go to, not only does it look beautiful, but it’s where my grandad was born. It certainly looks a good start to your holiday, and looking at Baba’s face he was enjoying himself too 🙂 #Anythinggoes
    Angela x

  22. August 1, 2016 / 10:58 am

    I have never been to Norfolk but I know lots of people who have and they all rave about it. Your flat sounds lovely – exactly the sort of place you’d want to stay! Hope the rest of the holiday was good, look forward to finding out. Thanks so much for linking at #KCACOLS. Hope you can come back again nex Sunday xx

    • thefrenchiemummy
      August 1, 2016 / 12:51 pm

      I will be back for sure. Thanks for the RT x

  23. August 1, 2016 / 11:38 am

    Private swimming pool and hot tub. Oh man, I am sooooo jealous of you. Enjoy your holiday. #marvmondays

    • thefrenchiemummy
      August 1, 2016 / 12:58 pm

      ? imagine how sad I was to go back to London… Thanks for reading xx

  24. randommusings29
    August 1, 2016 / 12:09 pm

    He has to get brownie points for the pool and hot tub! Sheringham looks like a nice place for a day out. I’ve never been to that part of the country so I’ll be checking out this series for sure!
    Thanks for linking up to #AnythingGoes 🙂

    • thefrenchiemummy
      August 1, 2016 / 4:25 pm

      He is not that bad when he wants ? Thanks for reading x

  25. Liane
    August 1, 2016 / 3:53 pm

    I am literally terrified of taking my two on holiday! I should probably get over that fear!

    How exciting to go to New York! That’s been on my bucket list for years!

    Hope you have a great holiday 🙂 #MarvMondays

  26. August 1, 2016 / 8:24 pm

    It sounds like you had a lovely holiday. Who needs New York or romantic Italian breaks? Loads of love Pen x #KCACOLS

    • thefrenchiemummy
      August 1, 2016 / 8:51 pm

      Exactly! Thanks for stopping by x

  27. anywaytostayathome
    August 1, 2016 / 9:32 pm

    Aaah. I’m a Norfolk girl. Just outside Norwich. The coast is amazing apart from Gt Yarmouth that’s a bit dodgy. Enjoy your holiday. See the sights, eat fish and chips and stop blogging and relax in that hot tub! Xx

    • thefrenchiemummy
      August 1, 2016 / 9:33 pm

      I am already back! That’s why I am super blogging… Thanks for reading xxx

      • anywaytostayathome
        August 1, 2016 / 9:37 pm

        Phew! Glad you’re not missing precious hot tub time xx

        • thefrenchiemummy
          August 1, 2016 / 9:40 pm

          I would have not. Trust me xx

  28. Jodie Melling
    August 2, 2016 / 7:12 am

    It looks beautiful 🙂

    Jodie X

  29. August 2, 2016 / 8:00 am

    Looks lovely. Hope you all enjoyed your holiday x #triedtested

  30. August 2, 2016 / 9:42 am

    We visited north Norfolk last November and it seemed like a perfect place for young families, especially with all those beaches (and for us, lots of wildlife and easy walking). Looks like your visit was good after your initial worries! Living the seaside chic. #triedandtested

  31. Not A Frumpy Mum
    August 2, 2016 / 11:05 am

    Your little boy is gorgeous and well done grumpy boyfriend on finding somewhere with a private pool and a hot tub!!
    If it makes you feel any better, my husband took 12 years to propose, and he waited until we were in Italy to do it. After so long a fancy proposal was needed so we took a champagne gondola ride in Venice and he eventually popped the question! xx

    • thefrenchiemummy
      August 2, 2016 / 7:30 pm

      Gorgeous! I want that too! But not having to wait years… I will have a word with Grumpy Boyfriend soon. x

  32. August 2, 2016 / 2:25 pm

    Norfolk looks lovely from your photos. I like the beach huts being likened to houses and the Rocky Road looks delicious. The problem with the high chair can be sorted via rolled up towels surrounding baby. #MarvMondays

    • thefrenchiemummy
      August 2, 2016 / 7:31 pm

      Good idea thanks! x

  33. August 2, 2016 / 3:25 pm

    Lovely photos! It looks like a lovely place and ideal for young families. We haven’t ventured on holiday yet with our 3 yr old but we are slowly plucking up the courage and I’m looking for somewhere to go next year with her. I think a seaside holiday is just what we need! Have fun! 🙂


    • thefrenchiemummy
      August 2, 2016 / 7:32 pm

      Yes you should. Sometimes, you need something else. Thanks for reading x

  34. Colette B
    August 2, 2016 / 4:09 pm

    The beach huts look gorgeous – I’ve never been to Norfolk but I’ve heard it’s lovely.
    Thanks for sharing your review on #TriedTested this week x

  35. Over Heaven's Hill
    August 2, 2016 / 4:15 pm

    I didn’t realise Norfolk was so picturesque! I’ve never been there but would definitely add it to my list. Love your photos #KCACOLS

  36. One Messy Mama
    August 2, 2016 / 4:21 pm

    That is one cute Baba! #KCACOLS

  37. mummyfever
    August 2, 2016 / 6:48 pm

    Sounds as if grumpy boyfriend did great! I haven’t been but my partner spent lots of family holidays there as a child. Thanks for linking to #sharewithme

  38. James Hopes
    August 2, 2016 / 7:44 pm

    We’ve done Norfolk a few times over the years – some lovely places up that way! Staycations are pretty much essential for little one’s so we’re off to the Lake District again in September! Can’t wait! #KCACOLS

    • thefrenchiemummy
      August 2, 2016 / 9:28 pm

      Grumpy Boyfriend told me the Lake District is gorgeous. Def next on our list! thanks for reading

  39. August 3, 2016 / 10:03 am

    Despite your hesitation it looks lovely from your photos… and it sounds like in the end Grumpy Boyfriend did pretty good xx
    Thanks for linking to #ablogginggoodtime

  40. charlotte
    August 3, 2016 / 7:53 pm

    Looks like you had a lovely time, the boyfriend did good. Loving the teapot planters and the tea room food #tuesdaytreasure #KCACOLS

  41. Jane Taylor
    August 4, 2016 / 11:30 pm

    I’m going to Norfolk in a few weeks! Sounds like it’s the place to be for bloggers! #kcacols

    • thefrenchiemummy
      August 5, 2016 / 7:01 am

      It’s great. Hope you enjoyed it. xx

  42. August 6, 2016 / 1:50 pm

    Oh it sounds like he did well in the end then! Looks lovely from the photos, I’m a big fan of Norfolk! x

  43. My Petit Canard
    August 6, 2016 / 10:46 pm

    Ah how lovely, well done grumpy boyfriend! It sounds like he did really well and booked you somewhere very lovely. I cant wait to see and hear more, hope you all had a lovely time! I love that photo of baba, such a cheeky smile 🙂 Thanks for sharing this on #MarvMondays. Emily

  44. August 8, 2016 / 9:11 pm

    It’s quite often the holidays that you don’t expect much from that are the very best, so glad to hear that you had a good time. Thanks for linking up with #TuesdayTreasures

  45. August 9, 2016 / 2:14 pm

    It sounds like you had a lovely time away! Like you, we always went abroad to lovely exotic destinations for our holidays before we had children. Nowadays we always stay in the UK! Thanks for linking up to #HappyDaysLinky x

    • thefrenchiemummy
      August 9, 2016 / 2:16 pm

      And it’s gorgeous too. I reckon when you have a gorgeous weather like we did, there are many nice places to visit! Thanks for reading x

  46. August 10, 2016 / 8:52 pm

    What a fabulous time and what a cutie in a high chair! Look forward to the next installment… hope you enjoyed the hot tub, lucky you!! #happydayslinky

  47. August 12, 2016 / 7:26 pm

    What a lovely time away – adore those beach huts!! Thanks for sharing in #HappyDaysLinky xx

  48. Soppymum
    August 13, 2016 / 7:05 am

    Hope you’re having a lovely time. My husband is from Cromer and we love visiting. So much to do xx

  49. bigbabybelly
    September 29, 2016 / 12:25 pm

    I love Sheringham! We went to Cromer a few months ago and it was sooo nice. Did you go to that crazy South American zoo? X

    • thefrenchiemummy
      September 29, 2016 / 1:14 pm

      no! I need to check that out next time! Thanks for stopping by x

      • bigbabybelly
        September 29, 2016 / 1:19 pm

        It’s very surreal…with a forest themed soft play! What dreams are made of…

  50. Ashleigh Allan
    August 19, 2017 / 9:59 am

    Sounds good and the tea room sounds fab

  51. Shikha Singh
    July 14, 2018 / 2:10 pm

    The best thing about summers is family trips

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