Photo Diary: French Riviera (& the making of the Lavish Escape)

Photo Diary: French Riviera (& the making of the Lavish Escape)

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For the past week I’ve been holed up in the library, reading and writing my heart out. I was in a quiet back corner surrounded my books on France and external hard drives. An onlooker might have thought I was a UVA grad student working on my thesis about in reality I was plotting a trip to the French Riviera… for you!

You may have seen that one of my side projects here is creating Escape Guides, one week guides to the Europe. To be honest, they’re not geared for luxury travelers or even backpackers, instead young professionals that want to travel cost-effectively (hello, Airbnb!) but not forgoing comfort and great experiences. They’re broken down day-by-day so instead of weeding through a giant guidebook trying to figure out where to go/eat/stay so you can just follow along and relax because you know you’re experiencing the best of it! I’d categorize myself as Type A in terms of planning so the guides are no exception – lots of checklists and helpful resources of getting the entire trip booked within an hour.

I have always wanted to be an entrepreneur so it’s been really interesting getting this project off the ground. I absolutely love everything to do with the final product from planning out the itineraries to putting them together in InDesign. Today I got my first review (5 stars!) and I nearly fell out of my chair. I can’t overstate how satisfying it is to know that I’ve created a helpful product that folks are using and enjoying. Of course, starting a little business always has to have it’s cons: the on-going tech issues I’ve had with this site and woo commerce might be enough of a reason to pull my hair out. Dan commented the other day “Oh wow, you’ve been burning through the minutes on your cell this month.” Instead of catching up with my friends I’ve been kicking it with Blue Host’s tech support team. Yay! (Interesting fact for other Blue Host customers out there – if you run into any issues they are VERY responsive on Twitter so reach out to them there first!) For anyone else that’s been in my shoes, I’d love any advice you may have on getting started.

As I was putting together the Lavish Escape (released this past Sunday) I had fun going back through my photos from my recent visit to the Cote d’Azur and wanted to share them as a collection. The region is cohesively dreamy with rich pastels against the vibrant Med. Enjoy!

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Are you sold yet? Thought so!

Here’s a few more deets on the guide: with the Lavish Escape you’ll tour the star studded Cote d’Azur, stopping in seaside towns of Menton, Eze, St. Tropez, Saint Paul-de-Vence, and the city of Nice. Using Villefranche-sur-Mer and Cannes as base camps, you’ll have all the details on exploring the most spectacular sights and restaurants in the region including favorite beaches for locals, coastal hiking trails, have an ultra-scenic sunset dinner, an island picnic and boat cruise! The French Riviera gets 300 days of sun annually so anytime is a wonderful time to escape! Sound like a dream? It is!

Head over to the Etsy shop to get your copy!

I also created this fun little promo video in iMovie which I shared on Instagram but I’m kind of proud of it so I wanted to share it here too! 😉

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All images in this post were edited with Escape Presets: Lightroom Presets for Travelers
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  • Oof. I need a(nother) vacation.

    Congrats on your first review, Margo! Next time we plan a trip to Europe I’ll be checking out one of your fabulous guides!

    • Margo

      Thanks so much, sweetie! I’m ready to book another vacation too! Or just maybe go on a permanent vacation, though I don’t think Dan/Stuart would be in favor of that plan. ;D

  • Wow, these photos are SO stunning!!! Congratulations on launching such a fabulous product! Your guides sound amazing – off to browse them now 🙂 xxx

    • Margo

      Yay! Thanks so much dear! And feel free to pass along any feedback you may have – I’d LOVE to hear it! 😀

  • These photos are drool worthy! I can’t wait until my next European adventure so I can get one of these beautiful guides!

    • Margo

      Eee, thanks sweetie! I also need to get back over there too! I miss it every single day, as I’m sure you do too!

  • Beautiful photography Margo – it looks absolutely stunning. I won’t be able to do France this year but I am doing Italy so that should tide me over until I’m able to do France. Hopefully next year!

    • Margo

      Thanks so much, dear! I use Lightroom to edit all my pictures but, of course, the Cote d’Azur makes for a lovely subject. Your trip to Italy sounds wonderful! Where are you going… and can I join? 😀

      • We are hitting Venice for a few days and possibly Lake Como, then driving down through Tuscany region, then hitting Florence, Naples, Rome and Capri. So excited!

        • Margo

          Yay! Sounds awesome! Have a wonderful trip!

  • Congrats on your project! Your work is always amazing.

    • Margo

      Thanks so much, Em! So far I’m really enjoying it! Of course, who knows what my sentiment will be in a month… ha!

  • Can I just say how much I love the word “lavish”?! You nailed it, girl!

    • Margo

      Ha! Thanks, dear! If it’s not obvious, I’m totally channeling Kate Spade-esque adjectives with this little project. They have the best word associations! 😀

  • These images are magical …. Thank you for the armchair travel!

    • Margo

      Anytime, dear! Hats off to the Cote d’Azur for being a real beauty!

  • These pictures are lovely! They definitely fuel my wanderlust!

    • Margo

      Thanks, dear! I use Lightroom to edit all my pictures but the French Riviera obviously makes for a very beautiful subject. 🙂

  • Wow. This is gorgeous. And all the best for your project.

    • Margo

      Thank you so much for the support! I’ve got a long road ahead but I’m really enjoying the journey thus far…. feel free to check back with me in a month though! 😀

  • so many familiar places! great photos!

    • Margo

      Thanks so much, Tanja! Isn’t it funny to come across picture of streetscapes that you’ve already seen in real life? Sometimes that happens to me too when I’m on Pinterest and I’m like “oh wow, I’ve actually been there.. I know this place” 😀

  • Girl you are awesome, I can only imagine how much work goes into this! And I can only imagine how absolutely beautiful your guides are, definitely will be purchasing my own when I finally get to make it to one of these beautiful destinations!

    • Margo

      Thanks, sweetie! The same goes for YOU and H’s secret project for when I finally make it to Iceland! ;D

  • These pictures takes me back to my time in the region – so many fun memories. Congrats on the review – that’s amazing !!!

    • Margo

      Thanks, dear! One little review at a time, right? I’m still on cloud 9 about it!

  • Oh Margo you’re making me want to visit Europe sooo bad!! Congrats on launching this awesome product! Whenever I plan to explore Europe i’ll be hitting you up! 🙂

    • Margo

      Thanks so much and please do, girlfriend! Hugs!

  • Still don’t know why we never went out a French Riviera vacation together! Come back to Europe?!?!

    • Margo

      Because I’m a complete fool and didn’t runaway with you and Melanie when I had the chance… !

  • Lovely timing! Headed there in March 🙂 Can’t wait!!

    • Margo

      Yay! You’re going to have an amazing trip!!

  • Our French Oasis

    Stunning photos, if I didn’t already live in France I would be booking my flights straight away, instead you have set me thinking, perhaps it is time for a little road trip south with husband and children this Spring – thank you

  • That made me wanna go back!
    Such a gorgeous place!