Charlotte Lotherington Molstad, permanent resident in Eze sur mer, between Nice and Monaco since 1994.
Fluent in French and English, can handle Italian. Bachelor’s degree in History, Master’s degree in Art history. Married to Arild Molstad, writer, photographer and sustaianble tourism expert.
I started Charlotte & Co in year 2000, with some staff and and a free lance network.
Over my 25 years’ career in tourism, the industry has globally doubled in size. This rapid growth has also made itself felt in France and Italy, some of the world’s most sought-after travel destinations. For me – engaged in making tourism as sustainable as possible – the need to find places and create experiences remains a challenge that I consider important. It helps, however, to be very familiar with the region and who can offer experiences, products and services that that are authentic, unique, pro-environment and with a personal, friendly touch.
I have travelled widely in France and Italy. While I never tire of exporing Piemonte’s and Liguria’s often hidden culinary and cultural treasures, I also have fallen permanently in love with the charm of the pearl of coastal villages and cities strung along the Cõte d’Azur: The cosmopolitan personality of Cannes and Monaco, the intimacy of old Nice and Villefranche’s squares and harbour scene. While many have started to appreciate the charms and secrets of the back country’s perched villages hiding its medieval culture along narrow, picturesque roads and fortress walls, only few have explored the wilderness and drama of the high country, less tha a an hour’s drive from the beaches. Did I forget the triple A’s of Provence? No way. The cities of Aix, Arles og Avignon are all on the Unesco World Heritage list, and deservedly so. Also not to be missed, the rolling landscape leading to Luberon’s fames. Or the perfume cellars of Grasse.
And then it’s Corsica. My apoloogies to the patriotic fishermen, peasants and wine farmers who have tried to keep their undescribably beatiful island to themselves – but I’d really want to take you there, to its intimate, emerald coves, its endless beaches, the soaring peaks reaching more the 3 000 meters, criss-crossed by footpaths and bike trails. Take a ferry or plane from Nice or Toulon - and I will be sure to reserve bikes and kayaks for you. And a hotel run by the locals, if you so prefer. With a chef who may well have perfected his art in Paris. If you choose to travel by boat from Marseille, then you must set aside a couple of days in a the Mediterranean’s most legendary port city, which has recently restored its well-worn harbour, adding museums and galleries without losing its identity, its superb restaurants and cool cafes and bars.
Charlotte & Co founded in 2000 has until today organized hundreds of events and trips.
In cooperation with Annette Martens, we organise painting courses in Vence and Italy.
Guide og producer for several of the biggest norwegian tour operators.
Cultural guide for Tema/TUI in Loire, Provence, Corsica and Sardinia not to mention numerous bicycle trips and cultural trips in Vietnam, Laos, Thailand, Cambodia og Myanmar.
Guide for a group "Around the World in 30 days" for World Traveller
Guide and producer for Inspiratur
Guide, hike & bike for Merlot A/S
Production of newletters for the norwegian editions of AMEX Magazine and travel news for VIA group (now HRG)
Daily manager Hotel Normandy in Cap d’Ail, near Monaco
Functional analyst at Helpdesk Amadeus CRS i Sophia Antipolis
Sales ticketoffice and responsable for airport counter Air France Oslo
Travel consultant Bennett Sandefjord