About me: I am an American who has had the opportunity to travel all over – Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and Mexico, and have made lasting friendships throughout the world. Through some of those friendships I was lucky enough to meet a girl from the south of France and I ended up marrying her! After living together in the U.S. for 11 years, we decided to come back to her home and raise our 4-year-old son, and it’s been an incredible experience so far.
Every traveler should: Visit the hidden gem of Corsica. It is often overlooked in favor of Paris/Loire Valley/Normandy/Provence, but it is an incredible island with beautiful beaches, scenery, and culinary food.
My personal highlight in France: I would have to say my personal highlight in France was the first month or two after I moved here were special when I was exploring my new surroundings and discovering life as a “local”. It’s a highlight finding the secret cafés, little-known restaurants, the hidden beaches, and getting a deeper sense of the history of the region.
About me: Born and bred in Germany, I spent a few years in the Mediterranean region, before choosing Paris as my second home more than 20 years ago. What do I enjoy about living in Paris? Despite its old walls, historic landmarks, and magnificent renowned monuments, the French capital is an ever-changing open-minded cultural melting pot full of surprises.
Every traveler should: It’s difficult to say! Each region surprises with its own authentic beauty. As a Corsica expert, I love the small island’s rustic, quirky charm, and amazing scenery. Provence is a sparkling gem boasting of culture, nature, good wine & food – everything your heart desires under an azure blue sky. As a wine lover, I enjoy wine tasting in the Bordeaux area near the wide sand beaches of the Atlantic Coast lined by fragrant pine trees. But what about the idyllic Loire Valley, the “Garden of France” with its sumptuous chateaux? History aficionados will want to take a trip to the landing beaches.
My personal highlight in France: Visiting the colorful and abundant markets! You will be awed by the array of fresh produce and local delicacies. The local producers and market vendors will delight you with a wordy tasting à la française.
About me: I’m an American living in Nantes with my French husband and our beautiful young sons. I enjoy sharing my experience in the western region and the whole of France, as I’ve traveled extensively throughout the country (including Paris – which is truly in a class of its own)
Every traveler should: Visit the Loire Valley, Brittany, Normandy, and the Gironde/Nouvelle-Aquitaine regions. France is full of must-sees in every region, but I think those offer a lot in terms of world history and local, charming “authentic French” experiences.
My personal highlight in France: I love the west coast of France! Taking a road trip from Brittany down to the Bordeaux region is the best mix of history, cuisine, wine, flora, and fauna that France has to offer.
About me: At the end of my Master in Tourism Studies in Switzerland, I choose the sun of the South of France and Provence for my internship. I then had the opportunity to stay at French Side Travel to grow with this company and create great offers for our partner travel agencies around the world. I love designing attractive and authentic trips that show all the best that France has to offer, including outdoor activities, culture, and food, and wine of course!
Every traveler should: Go behind the obvious and discover the small streets of the towns and villages you cross. Looking up and admiring the facades and decorations of the buildings, there are always unusual or funny elements to discover. And what could be better than a guided tour with a local guide to accompany you on your walk!
My personal highlight in France: A night visit to the Mont-Saint-Michel! When the sun sets and visitors have left the rock, the village becomes calm and silent again. Through the winding streets, you will feel like you are back in the time of the knights.
About me: I was born and raised in the great state of New Jersey. I fell in love with France when I was sixteen after a life-changing visit to Paris visiting my cousin. Over those two weeks, I fell in love with almost every aspect of French life – the language, the fashion, the cafes, and the architecture. They sparked a passion for travel. Since then, I learned the beautiful language, married a French citizen, and made France my home. I also did a degree in Hospitality here and worked for a travel agency in Poland. I speak English and French, and some Italian. I love my adopted country, and I cannot wait to introduce you to her.
Every traveler should: It is important to spend some time sitting at a sidewalk café, or une terrace in French. This is a uniquely French activity.
My personal highlight: For a first-timer, Paris is a must-do. For a more seasoned traveler to France, I suggest the regions of France that border other countries. The map of France has changed throughout its history, and a lot of its border cities once belonged to other countries. It gives them all very unique flavors. You can have pasta in Nice, see bullfighting in the southwest. or visit a town called Niederschaeffolsheim in Alsace.
About me: I was 23 years old when I decided to move from Berlin to the south of France. As I’m a dancer, I travel a lot and meet people from everywhere. I love lots of places, but I felt at home as soon as I arrived in the Côte d’Azur.
I love the sea and the mountains. I love helping travelers like you to discover France’s countryside!
Every traveler should: You need to visit at least one small village in France. The people are so lovely, the architecture cute, and the food is amazing. And of course, you need to taste fresh baguettes, croissants, cheese, and wine.
My personal highlight in France: The Pont de la Cerise and the countryside of The Préalpes d’Azur Regional Natural Park. As everyone goes to the Alpes or Provence, this park isn’t crowded. You can really enjoy nature here.
About me: I’m an American lucky enough to call Paris home. Living in Paris is wonderful because there’s always something new to discover, whether it’s a smaller museum, a great neighborhood café, a quiet park, or exquisite architectural detail. When I’m not in Paris you’ll find me on the coast of Normandy near Mont-Saint-Michel, which is an area I love sharing with travelers.
Every traveler should: Visit Paris and then start seeing the rest of France. Each region has its own history, culture, gastronomic tradition, scenery, and more. There’s so much to see and do. Some of my favorite places to start are Normandy, the Loire Valley, Bordeaux, and the Côte d’Azur.
My personal highlight in France: Port-Cros, an island just off Hyères. It’s a National Park with great hiking, snorkeling, scuba diving, and so much beauty. There are no cars or even bicycles allowed on the island so you’re completely on foot. It’s a place that’s different from anything else I’ve experienced in France.
About me: Having a German mother and a French father, I was drawn to different cultures and traveled early on. I grew up and studied in Paris before gaining international experiences working and traveling abroad. I have been lucky enough to visit more than 20 countries, but my love of France brought me back to Paris. In 2015 my father and I decided to create French Side Travel.
In October 2020, I was selected for Travel + Leisure’s A-List as a Top Travel Advisor for France. It’s a great honor.
Every traveler should: France’s variety of landscapes, amazing gastronomy, and vastly unique regions make it difficult to make just one recommendation. If I were forced to pick one, I’d choose Paris. It has innumerable world-famous attractions and fine dining experiences. There’s a reason it has a reputation as the world’s most romantic city.
My personal highlight in France: Visiting local wine producers in the Loire Valley and enjoying wine and cheese pairings in their cellars.
About me: I am an American living in Marseille with my French wife and our dog Nola. I have always had a passion for travel since my first overseas trip to Ireland when I was six. After graduation, I went to work as a sales rep in the craft beer industry. I enjoyed the work, but left it because of a deep desire to explore the world! I have since lived in Australia, Laos, and now France.
Every traveler should: Go for a walk in the village or city you are visiting. Getting lost in its small and cramped streets is a great way to see France. You’ll come across magical places, not in the guidebooks or travel blogs.
My personal highlight in France: The Calanques National Park between Marseille and Cassis. Just 25 minutes from my house, I can see my favorite part of France whenever I want to hike with my dog or go for a swim.
About me: As I have dual French and German nationality, I grew up with both cultures. After studying in Germany, I moved to southern France to work in tourism. What I particularly love in the area is the beautiful coastline and la cuisine française, or the French cooking.
Every travel should: I could make a list that goes on forever! France is big. My personal favorites are Corsica and the south of France. It’s just beautiful and full of culture. Corsica is especially good for a round trip, as you can get from one place to another very quickly. It doesn’t matter if you are a wine aficionado, love hiking, or want to end your day on the beach – everyone gets their money’s worth here!
My personal highlight in France: The Gorges du Verdon, also known as the French Grand Canyon, is an absolute highlight in France for me! The landscape is so impressive. My tip: Rent a canoe to explore the canyons from below.
About me: A native of Burgundy, I settled in beautiful Provence 20 years ago where I started working in the tourist industry. I had the chance to travel around the world while working for a Tour Operator here. Then I joined luxury incoming travel agencies, where I help create trips of a lifetime for visitors to France.
Every traveler should: Taste wonderful wines in Burgundy, live the magic of Christmas in Alsace, discover wonderful Paris, enjoy the sun of Provence, experience the luxury of Riviera, ski in the French Alps, travel into the past at Loire châteaux, breathe in the huge Normandy beaches… France is a cultural & historical mosaic where every traveler can find happiness!
My personal highlight in France: We are lucky to have so many different and beautiful sights in Provence. I love the Verdon Canyon and the Calanques National Park!