Create Keepsake Travel Journals on the French Riviera

ArtWalk France with Kat Kirby
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Discover the French Riviera. Capture the magic in your Keepsake Journal

Dates: September 12-18, 2021
Duration: 6 nights
Location: Nice, France
Cost: from $3195 based on double occupancy
Single Supplement: from $595

Keepsake Travel Journal Program

Create Keepsake Travel Journals with Kat Kirby in Nice, France on the stunning Cote d’Azur. You will enjoy fun and casual daily art classes. Together we will tour beautiful seaside villages.  Most importantly, you will be inspired by what you find. Your journal will be filled with writing, doodling, list-making, and especially mementos found during our adventures.

The process of assembling your keepsake journal is pretty straightforward. It’s your imagination that makes it unique.


Making your Keepsake Travel Journal

You will collect all kinds of ephemera and materials during our daily outings. Then, when we return to our arts-themed hotel for studio time, Kat will teach you how to construct a variety of art materials,  embellishments, and treasures into a one-of-a-kind Keepsake Journal with pockets, flaps, and other surprises.

We will use all sorts of papers, including but not limited to: junk mail, scrapbook papers, vintage sheet music, book pages, paper bags, magazine pages, ledger paper, children’s book pages, graph paper, and whatever you find along our walks, in shops and cafes (we love menus, business cards,  and placemats!)

The process begins the moment you choose your first piece of paper. Kat will take you through all the steps to determine the size of your pages, decide the order and placement of your pages. You will learn how to stitch the “signatures” (the sections of your chosen pages) and a variety of techniques for embellishing your journal. 

Tour Nice, France

For over a century the gorgeous French Riviera has inspired some of the world’s most famous modern artists. First attracted by sparkling blue water and scenic streets, the perpetually mild climate and beautiful light became a reason to stay. Picasso, Monet, Cezanne, Matisse, Munch and Chegall (to name a few) all called this sunny region home.  The spirit of these artists serve as inspiration for creating your keepsake travel journals with Kat Kirby in Nice, France.

The week together will focus on collecting inspiration and making content for your travel journal. You will visit beautiful locales on the French Riviera using the regional train. We will have wonderful food and lots of laughter along the way. There is some walking to get from one place to another, but the included walks will be short (less than 45 minutes) and most are optional.

  • Art Program 85% 85%
  • Sight Seeing 65% 65%
  • Walking 38% 38%
  • Fun! 100% 100%

What to Expect…

  • Daily Keepsake Journal classes with Kat Kirby
  • Six nights at our centrally located 4-star hotel in Nice, France minutes to the beach
  • Full hot & cold buffet breakfast daily
  • Welcome dinner
  • Gelato Break
  • Snack of a niçoise specialty
  • Farewell dinner
  • One-week unlimited use TER regional train pass along between Cannes and Menton
  • Visit the towns of Menton, St. Jean, Villefranche Sur Mer, Antibes, and Cannes
  • Visit to Cours Saleya flower market (or Monday antique market)
  • Admission to Villa Ephrussi
  • Visit to Antibes’ Marche Provencal
  • Ferry trip to the Lerin Islands
  • Guided walks along the coastal sentiers (paths) of the Cote d’Azur (optional)
  • Absinthe museum experience (optional)
  • All maps, train schedules, and daily customized itineraries
  • Your English speaking guide
  • All hotel taxes, fees & service charges
  • Fully hosted and escorted
  • All hotel taxes and service fees


1. Small group classes

With a maximum class size of 12, you can expect quality time with Kat as well as your friendly, like-minded classmates.

2. Daily Guided Excursions

Cultivate your creative side to make a journal inspired by the beauty of the Riviera and unique to your travel experience.

3. Studio Workshop

 Kat will introduce additional techniques to develop your work in our afternoon ArtWalk studio space.

Example Itinerary…

Actual daily schedules may differ.


Day 1

We will gather at our charming, historic inn in central Nice, France just blocks from the Promenade des Anglais. After a meet-and-greet and program overview, we will have an orientation walk to get to know the neighborhood.

Our first day comes to an end with a delicious welcome dinner of traditional French specialties. 

Day 2

We start the morning with a short stroll to Nice’s old town and famous weekly antique market. Of course we’ll stop at our favorite family-run cafe for a traditional niçoise snack. After free time to shop, have lunch, or explore more of old Nice, we will gather at the hotel for the first Keepsake Travel Journal class with Kat. 

Day 3

After breakfast we’ll gather for a morning class with Kat on the sunny hotel patio. Later, a short train ride brings us to Beaulieu Sur Mer. We will enjoy a serene stroll along landscaped coastal paths and past handsome French villas to St-Jean-Cap-Ferrat and the Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild. The villa enjoys incredible views of the riviera from it’s private gardens.

Day 4

Start the day with Kat building your journal from found treasures. Afterward, the day’s excursion takes us to the lovely city of Menton on the French/Italian border. We will wander it’s lemon-lined avenue, charming historic center, and sunny harbor. Some may want to visit Italy or Monaco on this day. Both are easily reached by train.

Day 5

Today we truly experience the Riviera like the locals. After shopping at the bountiful Marché Forville open market in Cannes, we will take a short ferry to Île Saint-Honorat. There on the quiet coast of an island sanctuary we will enjoy a picnic of the season’s best offerings. At the end of the day the hotel welcomes us for another Keepsake Travel Journal class with Kat Kirby.

Day 6

On our last full day we will explore the port town of Antibes. We will tour the beautiful harbor and inspiring public art before entering the historic city center. You can wander its winding alleys, discover artisan boutiques, and visit the Picasso Museum.

There will be time in the studio to finish up your travel journals before meeting for a convivial show-and-tell aperitivo and farewell dinner.

Cafe Chairs in France

Day 7

After a delicous breakfast shared together, we bid farewell to our artists’ retreat until the next time.

A full week of leisurely sightseeing and cultivating creativity

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