I wanted to stay in a small town in southern France. It had an open air market, mountain air, the sea was not far, there were painters and museums galore, the streets were brick, the food was simple and delicious, there were climbing hills nearby and a special fast train went into Paris several times a day. We met an old woman at the place we stayed and she showed us a news article. It was about her. The belle of the town. Once everyone who was anyone stayed at her place, danced, conversed, ate, had parties and grand dinners. We said we had to be moving on. With her heavy accent she protested, "But WHY?" She must have missed those exciting, full days of her youth.
I easily saw myself living in that town, not far from Italy which is fantastically beautiful. The fact I speak so little French it amounts to nothing seemed an easy obstacle to overcome. Even an accidental order of "monkey brains" didn't discourage me. I came home because this is my country, and my family was here. But I felt I would have been happy there.
Mon, Mar 05 12:00 AM
I'll try "Let's Go Europe." It sounds like a handy travel resource. I haven't spoken French since college but I've been taking classes since the beginning of the year. I'm interested in France specifically because I have a passion for French history and architecture. My Great Grandmother was born in Tarascon which is near Avignon. I grew up hearing stories (romanticized I'm sure) about the "old country."
My desire to live there for a period of time really comes from a desire to immerse myself in a culture that has personal meaning to me. The older that I get, the more curious I become about my personal history and it's become important to me to document it for my grandchildren.
Mon, Mar 05 12:00 AM
I will need to go find my Travel Journal and look up the name of the town. There are many small, beautiful towns in the middle to southern France though where one could be quite happy. We used "Let's Go Europe" to determine our stops. It did a great job of describing tiny towns and their benefits, food, special history or sites. You might choose a town by history, geography, size or choose the water you want to be next to first, and find the town from there. What makes you choose France? (and do you speak French? It's rather important you know at least some).