Reviews: French Press Travel Books

Below are a few of the 5-star reviews of my book, The Beginner’s Guide to the French Riviera: Stop Dreaming & Start Packing.

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Ann Fournier

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! 

Alex Jones

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

Sean & Megan Fournier

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. 

Roxanne Brame

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. 

Liza Ketchum

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. 

Lesley Thomas

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.

Jennifer Altman

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.

Jumping into the Blue, Nice, France

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