• The Beginner's Guide to the French Riviera: Stop Dreaming & Start Packing

    Available Now on Amazon & Kindle AND the University Bookstore in Seattle!


  • Mary Kay Seales

    Travel Writer, Copywriter & Photographer


    The Beginner's Guide to the French Riviera

    Stop Dreaming & Start Packing

    Do you think that the French Riviera is only for millionaires and movie stars?

    Are you looking for a new travel spot that will feed your soul with beauty and color?

    Are you looking for a beautiful place you can travel to alone and feel safe?


    This book will give you all you need to know for planning your first trip to the French Riviera even if you’re on a budget like I am. No matter if you’re a woman traveling alone, a couple on your first trip abroad, or a seasoned traveler who has never been to this part of the world, this book will offer you tried and true suggestions for a fabulous vacation.


    I have spent the past 15 years as a traveler, both for work and for pleasure. I have spent extended time not only on the French Riviera and in Paris, but also in other far away places - Central America, India, Azerbaijan, Israel, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Bora Bora, Mallorca - among others. The place I always long to return to, however, is this beautiful stretch of the Mediterranean coastline, the lovely French Riviera, the Côte d'Azur.


    In this book you will find

    • Sample itineraries for one or two weeks
    • Information on the basics such as money, finding a place to stay, and getting around once there
    • Suggestions for day trips and hikes along the French coast
    • Helpful websites for researching your trip
    • A quick reference guide for emergencies and safety


    So what’s stopping you? Get out your calendar, stop dreaming & start packing!

  • Who's Talking About It

    If you want to travel to the south of France and have a fabulous experience, then follow the advice in this book. Mary Kay is a seasoned traveler to this beautiful part of the world and can offer you the benefit of her vast experience. Having travelled with her here several times l can attest to the fact she offers a wonderful French experience filled with beautiful locales, wonderful food, scenic walks, and worry free travel. I highly recommend her book!


    Ann Fournier


    When I go where Mary Kay recommends, I always find the beauty and charm...the magic...that I seek.


    Alex Jones


    Mary Kay's recommendation to stay in Villefranche-sur-Mer as a base to explore the French Riviera was invaluable. Villefranche-sur-Mer was charming, beautiful and centrally located to nearby cities and villages in the French Riviera.


    Sean & Megan Fournier


    Without Mary Kay's help, I would have been lost. I was traveling alone in France and looking for a beautiful, relaxing and affordable escape in the south. When she suggested Villefranche and the Hotel Provencal, I didn't hesitate to do any further research, and immediately bought a train ticket to Nice. Mary Kay's depth of travel experience in France, combined with her exquisite taste, made me confident that I could trust her advice implicitly. Everything was just as she said. Traveling to Villefranche by bus from Nice couldn't have been easier. The Hotel Provencal, was friendly, affordable, clean and accommodating, and even had some rooms with a view. Although not directly on the water, their breakfast service in the outdoor courtyard was lovely, and the sea-front restaurants and cafes were just a short walk down the hill. Villefranche has gorgeous views, walks, and a charming harbor area. It was a perfect place to wind down, sip some wine and stare out at the sea.

    Roxanne Brame


    The Beginner's Guide is written in a friendly, open style that makes you feel you are talking with a trusted companion. There are subtly lyrical moments of writing in this practical guide, and a bright sense of humor that makes it a joy to read. Gorgeous photography makes you feel you are already on the French Riviera, and clear information and advice makes you feel ready to pack your bags and go.

    Liza Ketchum


    A winning combination of practicality and beauty - the practical side being the numerous, well-researched tips, and the beauty of it the gorgeous photos all throughout. It is well-written and answers every question one could think of as a beginner. If I were to "start packing" (and the author is quite encouraging), I'd throw this little guide in my bag.


    Lesley Thomas


    I sat down to read Mary Kay's book one afternoon and was so enthralled that I read it cover to cover in one sitting! And the photographs...spectacular! I wanted to jump in.


    Jennifer Altman

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