May 2012 I ventured to a land with a very, very foreign language. I know three phrases in French, but only how to read and write them. My pronunciation skills are absolutely morbid. This trip began for me in Nice, France - closely followed by Cannes, France. I will never forget the short time that I spent there - presumably due to the flash and pomp of the Cannes International Film Festival but thats another story.
My hotel was across from Notre Dame de Nice & I sat out on that balcony late into the night listening to a lone guitarist, a group of club goers, and the sea. The locals were very kind and accommodating. It was one of the most picturesque areas I have yet ventured. I cannot recommend it enough.