Hello everyone, I have been learning French for a couple of years already, but my speaking really sucks. I just ordered Rocket French a few days ago, and it seems to help a lot with my speaking skill. I hope to get through the program soon so that I can at least express myself when I'm in France next fall. Speaking of that, I'll be in France for a semester with my university's program in Cannes. It's a beautiful city as far as I know, but to me it's a bit too much of the tourists for a language student. Does anyone have any suggestion about where I can visit around the French Riviere that can actually give me a taste of truely French culture (and affordable?) Thanks so much for your help in advance.
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July 13, 2009
July 14, 2009
if u have a few days off i sugest that u go 2 The Paris opera house. :P
July 16, 2009
Bonjour, My son lives in France not too far from Cannes and we've been there so know of your concern with costs. You have to see the old town of Antibes just for some architecture and a little culture but if you want more affordable food etc., you'll have to travel away from the coast. When we were there, we stayed with my son in Mouans-Sartoux which is about a 30 to 40 min. drive ( mainly because of the traffic ) from Cannes and has all the small shops, outdoor cafes, etc. and quite reasonable compared to the tourist areas of the coast and much less crowded too. France in general is expensive compared to the U.S. and Canada except for wine, cheese, bread, and olives. Those are cheap and very good. We never had a bad wine over there and found the people very nice in southern France. There are lots of small villages accessable by train and I'm sure that someone at the school can give you some info. Enjoy and bon voyage!
July 21, 2009
Bonjour, I spent last summer in France, I loved it so much I decided to learn the language so the next time I go back I will be able to converse with the natives and someday live there. I only went past Cannes on the train, but I spent a few days in and around Nice...now I know why everyone wants to live on the French Riviera. The beach is better in Cannes though, its sandy while Nices beach is rocky. I didn't spend much more in Nice than in other cities and less than in Paris, but I stayed at the hostel behind the big mall "Nice Etoile". Most college students like myself eat cheap food anyway and luckily wine is cheap (but good) everywhere in France, so the cost is only a little higher in major cities. The best things in France are free, walking around the cities, the beaches, the parks, countryside, the people and even the museums on the first Sunday of each month. There are many wonderful villages around Cannes & Nice. If you visit Nice, you can buy a cheap day travel pass and take the city bus on one of the great scenic rides anywhere, along la corniche, the cliffside road between Nice and Monaco with stops at several villages including Eze. I think Cap Ferrat is one of the most beautiful places in the world, from there one can see Villefranche-sur-mer a charming old village on the hillside, it has a maze of medieval streets, some are tunnels. It wasnt too crowded and there are some nice restaurants along the harbour. As for getting away from the tourist areas, I did just that after the Riviera, I went up into the high Alps of the Savoy. The people of the Savoy are very friendly, the little villages are traditional, so its a taste of authentic French culture and I think they make the best cheese I have ever tasted. Provence is mostly rural, its full of vineyards and olive groves, there are many places that offer degustation where you can taste the wine and meet the people who work at the vineyards. Besides the tourist favourite, the perfume village of Grasse, Provence has many charming slow paced villages were you can meet locals and experience French life, like St. Remy & Salon de Provence. Basically, everywhere you go in Provence is wonderful, I can hardly wait to go back and spend a year or longer in Provence. Bon Voyage, Greg
September 19, 2012
hi everyone i am Marich Man Theengh from beautiful country Nepal. i am enjoying to learn japaneese language from rocket language i am so happy that i can speak just greetings words. its my first time........
September 21, 2012
i want to Paris for studying and improve french language . i would like see the historical places in Paris .please help me to improve french language when i come to the Paris .i have been studying English translation .
September 24, 2012
Hi Iman b, When you go to Paris you need to go first to Eiffle Tower, La Opera, Louver Museum and of corse the Chanzelizah. Have a nice trip. Hussein
December 8, 2012
My tip is to go to small villages and get to know some locals. make sure you speak to them in french, no matter how bad, they will talk to you and make friends easy. Just don't go in and demand that they speak english, that will put them off. If you make the effort you will make friends fast the country people are very friendly
December 10, 2012
In Paris visit the Montmartre District from the Moulin Rouge in the boulevard de Clichy, wander up Rue Lepic and then up Rue des Abbesses. you find many nice typical french establishments along the way where you can sample the hospitality and if your lucky there is free entertainment . We felt , like we walked into a french movie set and it made our holiday on our first day in Paris. the musette was playing, people were singing and dancing ane we just bleded in with the locals having a great time. If you feel like extending your wow factor keep walking up Rue Ravignan then rue des 3 Frères to Rue Androuet and Rue Lepic to La Place du Tetre with all the artists then across to Eglise St. Pierre de Montmartre and finally to Basilica du Sacre Coeur . By now the Wow factor should have reached a 10.
October 16, 2014
Hello, We enjoyed a boatbtrip in Dordonge.....If you love dance The Moulin Rouge..
October 17, 2014
When I was in Paris, I stayed very near to Place de Clichy and loved it. I also agree that a trip up to Basilica du Sacre Coeur has a high wow-factor. The view is without parallel. The steep access hill needn't scare a person because a funicular car offers a ride up the hill.