From my last stop and home country, Germany it’s really just a hop and a skip over to France. My first time visiting France was when I was 13 for an exchange week with my tennis club. Those days are long gone but I went back a few times with the German National Team for friendly games. The Frenchies’ women’s basketball squad is pretty good!
I took French for 7 years in high school but because I never really had to apply my skills my knowledge is very basic, just enough to survive a 5-hr layover at Charles-de-Gaulle International Airport… I always enjoy refreshing it though and I can actually say a little more than “Voulez-vous couchez avec moi?” and “Je t’aime”. Although those are certainly essential phrases and so famous because French people have – as we all know – the reputation of being great lovers. I never got to try it out but just listening to an authentic french accent gives me “joy” – you could call me anything in a french accent or in french and I would still smile at you and find you wonderful…
Places I’ve been to: Paris! Not a very exotic destination within France, I know, but certainly a must-go! This city is simply beautiful. It almost seems as if there is not one ugly building (I know that can’t be true but that’s the experience you get as a tourist). Paris is also very BIG and driving through the Arc de Triomphe with its 500 lanes in my little VW Polo got my heart pumping faster than riding a roller-coaster.
Biarritz and Saint-Jean de Luz: if you want natural beauty you must come to the Basque country which is located on the south-western corner of France and north-eastern corner of Spain. I got lucky enough to live on the Spanish side for 2 and a half years and always enjoyed the quick trips across the border
Places I still want to see: Too many to name them all. France is another one of those countries that just have it all: Culinary Culture, Beaches for the summer vacation, quiet natural coasts, mountains, ski resorts. Hopefully I’ll get to do a Tour de France one day – maybe even on my bike.
A few things I like: The anthem (La Marseillaise) – Croissants – Café au Lait
A few things I don’t like: Stand up toilets – the fact that they dip EVERYTHING in their coffee.
Vive la France!