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A Jewel in the South of France

For the last 2 months, I’ve been in Europe. Sometimes in life, you have to make major decisions where you are pulled to be – not necessarily where you have always been. Many people cannot do so because family members need them or are uncomfortable with them leaving, they have jobs they can’t leave, or they lack the necessary funds to make their desired journey. Luckily, I did not have to contend with any of those issues for my 2014 journey to Europe.

Recently, I went on a road trip to the south of France with a friend from Spain. I had been in Spain for 6 weeks and wanted to see and feel France. I have always loved the French language as a romance language. I love the sound of it, and the fact that the French value the joys of life which so many of us have lost in pursuit of what we want. It had been many years since my last visit. Because of its unique Mediterranean location, the south of France draws people from all around the world.

Although the French have had a pretty bad reputation for their treatment of the Americans and the British, it did not deter me me from going. I feel that in many ways, the observer profoundly influences what they see and how they experience it. Many travelers have had real problems with their attitude towards foreign visitors. Since this was not my perspective or experience, it seemed like it was the time to visit France.

Unbeknownst to myself and my friend, we went when many of the shops were closed and the weather was bad. It was raining most of the time; even St. Tropez was shut down. We visited St. Maxim, St. Tropez, Cannes, Antibes, and Marseille. While in Antibes, we recorded a short conversation with the owner of Bastide de la brague, a wonderful bed and breakfast that turned our heads upside down with the most welcoming and warm reception in France we have ever experienced.

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