All My France Guides
A collection of all of my France guides & itineraries. I've lived in Paris since 2016 and I LOVE sharing France with others. I'm quite convinced I've seen more of France than most French people, and it's so fun to capture all my favorite trips in a handy guide for you to use. This links to:
7 Places โ€ข ago
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The Loire

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Bretagne

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Normandy

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Out of all the places I adore in France, Nice and its surrounding areas truly has my heart. This is where I dream of retiring. You're still very much in France - BUT: The people are noticeably friendlier than in Paris (no shade to Parisians, I love them too), the weather is delightful, the beaches are gorgeous, and the food has a lighter, Mediterranean flair (as opposed to the heavy dairy-based recipes typical in much of France). If 6 days sounds like a lot to you, never fear: This itinerary uses Nice as a home base and includes many day-trip options. Guide includes: ๐Ÿ“ High Level Plan โœจ General Tips ๐Ÿ… 5 Food Not to Miss ๐Ÿด 10 restaurant/bar recs in Nice (5 cheaper, 3 mid range, 2 higher end) ๐Ÿ—’๏ธ 6-day Itinerary: 3 days in Nice, 2 day trips (covering 3 locations, including food recs), 1 free day ๐Ÿ—บ๏ธ 7 options for half or full-day trips from Nice for your free day ๐Ÿ’š Pro Tips You also get: โœ๏ธ My personal notes for each recommendation ๐Ÿ“ An interactive map of all recommendations ๐Ÿ”“ Access to all future updates (I love Nice and keep going back) ๐ŸŽž๏ธ Linked videos (where applicable) that bring recommendations and advice to life ๐Ÿ’™ If you love this guide, I would really appreciate it if you shared it with a friend, left a great review, or contributed a tip.
Car-free โ€ข Slow Travel โ€ข Sustainable/Eco
$25.00
Aix-en-Provence
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An 8-day, 7-night itinerary for driving through the best of Provence from Nice to Aix-en-Provence. Discover classic perched villages, lavender-scented countryside, and remarkable natural landscapes. Included in this guide: ๐Ÿ“ High-level plan of where to go each day โœจ General Tips (opening hours, bathrooms, driving, meal times) ๐Ÿ›ฃ๏ธ Drive times between each destination, avoiding toll roads ๐Ÿ’š Pro Tips Coming Soon: (SAVE NOW to access all future updates) ๐Ÿ“ Anchor activities in each location ๐Ÿ“ Personal notes for each place ๐Ÿ“ Some restaurant, bar, and boulangerie recommendations ๐Ÿ“ Accommodation suggestions THIS GUIDE IS NOT: - A guide to Nice & its Surrounding Areas. - A guide to Marseille & the Calanques. - An in-depth itinerary for Aix-en-Provence. I have separate, detailed guides for each of these three areas. This guide is also not a guide for the Cote d'Azur. If this is what you're looking for, contact me and I can design one. You also get: โœ๏ธ My personal notes for each recommendation ๐Ÿ“ An interactive map of all recommendations ๐Ÿ”“ Access to all future updates (I just returned from this trip in Sep. 2023 so tons more recs and notes are coming soon!) ๐ŸŽž๏ธ Linked videos (where applicable) that bring recommendations and advice to life ๐Ÿ’™ If you love this guide, I would really appreciate it if you shared it with a friend, left a great review, or contributed a tip.
50+ โ€ข Couples โ€ข Road Trip โ€ข Outdoors โ€ข People & Culture โ€ข Slow Travel โ€ข Sustainable/Eco
$25.00
Marseille
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Hello et bonjour ! I'm (another) American in Paris. I've lived in France since 2016 and I loooove sharing my Paris & France recs in hopes I can help others love this city and country as much as I do. I'm quite confident I've seen more of France than most French people, so no matter what you're looking for, I've (probably) done it! โœ… What I'm a great fit for: Mature travelers, couples, solo travelers, and families who enjoy soaking in authentic experiences, great food and wine, off-the-beaten-track gems, classic sites, and sustainable travel. ๐ŸŒฑ What's sustainable travel about? Traveling in a way that is kind to the environment, respectful of local culture, & supportive of the local economy. My trip-planning services are always through a sustainable lens, and automatically include a carbon removal contribution. โŒ What I'm not a great fit for: Travelers focused on bars/clubbing or high-end shopping. โžก๏ธ Follow me on TikTok & Pinterest @hilaryinparis for Paris & France recommendations, tips, personal stories, and more. ๐ŸŒ PS: I'm on Thatch because I genuinely love sharing France with folks. My day job is running Yugen Earthside, a booking platform for responsible package trips primarily catering to groups of mature American travelers. My company's website and Instagram are linked below.
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All My France Guides
A collection of all of my France guides & itineraries. I've lived in Paris since 2016 and I LOVE sharing France with others. I'm quite convinced I've seen more of France than most French people, and it's so fun to capture all my favorite trips in a handy guide for you to use. This links to:
7 Places โ€ข ago
Free

The Loire

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Bretagne

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Normandy

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The South

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Out of all the places I adore in France, Nice and its surrounding areas truly has my heart. This is where I dream of retiring. You're still very much in France - BUT: The people are noticeably friendlier than in Paris (no shade to Parisians, I love them too), the weather is delightful, the beaches are gorgeous, and the food has a lighter, Mediterranean flair (as opposed to the heavy dairy-based recipes typical in much of France). If 6 days sounds like a lot to you, never fear: This itinerary uses Nice as a home base and includes many day-trip options. Guide includes: ๐Ÿ“ High Level Plan โœจ General Tips ๐Ÿ… 5 Food Not to Miss ๐Ÿด 10 restaurant/bar recs in Nice (5 cheaper, 3 mid range, 2 higher end) ๐Ÿ—’๏ธ 6-day Itinerary: 3 days in Nice, 2 day trips (covering 3 locations, including food recs), 1 free day ๐Ÿ—บ๏ธ 7 options for half or full-day trips from Nice for your free day ๐Ÿ’š Pro Tips You also get: โœ๏ธ My personal notes for each recommendation ๐Ÿ“ An interactive map of all recommendations ๐Ÿ”“ Access to all future updates (I love Nice and keep going back) ๐ŸŽž๏ธ Linked videos (where applicable) that bring recommendations and advice to life ๐Ÿ’™ If you love this guide, I would really appreciate it if you shared it with a friend, left a great review, or contributed a tip.
Car-free โ€ข Slow Travel โ€ข Sustainable/Eco
$25.00
Aix-en-Provence
@hilarymatson
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An 8-day, 7-night itinerary for driving through the best of Provence from Nice to Aix-en-Provence. Discover classic perched villages, lavender-scented countryside, and remarkable natural landscapes. Included in this guide: ๐Ÿ“ High-level plan of where to go each day โœจ General Tips (opening hours, bathrooms, driving, meal times) ๐Ÿ›ฃ๏ธ Drive times between each destination, avoiding toll roads ๐Ÿ’š Pro Tips Coming Soon: (SAVE NOW to access all future updates) ๐Ÿ“ Anchor activities in each location ๐Ÿ“ Personal notes for each place ๐Ÿ“ Some restaurant, bar, and boulangerie recommendations ๐Ÿ“ Accommodation suggestions THIS GUIDE IS NOT: - A guide to Nice & its Surrounding Areas. - A guide to Marseille & the Calanques. - An in-depth itinerary for Aix-en-Provence. I have separate, detailed guides for each of these three areas. This guide is also not a guide for the Cote d'Azur. If this is what you're looking for, contact me and I can design one. You also get: โœ๏ธ My personal notes for each recommendation ๐Ÿ“ An interactive map of all recommendations ๐Ÿ”“ Access to all future updates (I just returned from this trip in Sep. 2023 so tons more recs and notes are coming soon!) ๐ŸŽž๏ธ Linked videos (where applicable) that bring recommendations and advice to life ๐Ÿ’™ If you love this guide, I would really appreciate it if you shared it with a friend, left a great review, or contributed a tip.
50+ โ€ข Couples โ€ข Road Trip โ€ข Outdoors โ€ข People & Culture โ€ข Slow Travel โ€ข Sustainable/Eco
$25.00
Marseille
@hilarymatson
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Hello et bonjour ! I'm (another) American in Paris. I've lived in France since 2016 and I loooove sharing my Paris & France recs in hopes I can help others love this city and country as much as I do. I'm quite confident I've seen more of France than most French people, so no matter what you're looking for, I've (probably) done it! โœ… What I'm a great fit for: Mature travelers, couples, solo travelers, and families who enjoy soaking in authentic experiences, great food and wine, off-the-beaten-track gems, classic sites, and sustainable travel. ๐ŸŒฑ What's sustainable travel about? Traveling in a way that is kind to the environment, respectful of local culture, & supportive of the local economy. My trip-planning services are always through a sustainable lens, and automatically include a carbon removal contribution. โŒ What I'm not a great fit for: Travelers focused on bars/clubbing or high-end shopping. โžก๏ธ Follow me on TikTok & Pinterest @hilaryinparis for Paris & France recommendations, tips, personal stories, and more. ๐ŸŒ PS: I'm on Thatch because I genuinely love sharing France with folks. My day job is running Yugen Earthside, a booking platform for responsible package trips primarily catering to groups of mature American travelers. My company's website and Instagram are linked below.
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