Aislyn, Europe Specialist
A Boston native, Aislyn grew up skiing in the White Mountains and spending summers on the shores of Cape Cod. When she is not traveling, she loves to go hiking, cycling and swimming. While obtaining her bachelor's degree in Art History, she spent a summer studying at the Sorbonne University in Paris and fell in love with France immediately. In her professional career, she has traveled throughout France, as well as the UK and Ireland extensively. Her favorite trips have included: biking up the coast of Scotland while tasting whisky along the way, skiing in the French Alps, champagne tasting in Champagne, and cycling throughout the countryside of Provence.
Aislyn has been fortunate to travel with Audley all over France including the busy streets of Paris, the famous beaches of Normandy, and the royal châteaux of the Loire Valley. Her most recent trip included a month long journey to the UK and Ireland where she had the opportunity to drive the Wild Atlantic Way and explore the jagged coastline as well as spend time adventuring into the Highlands of Scotland.
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My most memorable experience while visiting France would be hiking along the calanques of Cassis. A small Mediterranean fishing port and only a 45-minute ride from Aix-en-Provence, Cassis is the perfect spot for a day trip filled with shopping, hiking, swimming and the freshest seafood. The picturesque town is filled with cafes, restaurants, and shops overlooking the water. The marina offers a spectacular view of pastel-shaded buildings and an assortment of boats glistening in the sun. The real reason to visit Cassis is to hike in the famous calanques (coves), narrow inlets framed by steep limestone cliffs. There are three different coves to visit, depending on how much time you have. The hike itself is just challenging enough, allowing you to get the most incredible mountainous views of the sea without breaking too much a sweat. After your hike, there are several areas to swim in - I recommend Grande Mer Beach, in central Cassis. You'll see kayakers, windsurfers and local fisherman in the distance as you float in the cool refreshing water after an incredible day.