My girlfriend is a big fan of Christmas & the holiday spirit, but we didn't have vacation until after Christmas. What better place to enjoy the remaining Christmas lights in the City of Light, right? Wrong!
I've often been to the south of France - from the Ardèche region to the Alps to
the French Riviera - and I knew
Lyon mostly from the traffic jams on the Autoroute du Soleil - France's
north-south artery between Paris and Lyon - on
when everyone's trying to get to the south.
But Lyon has more to offer than those traffic jams, especially if you're into
gastronomy (which, admittedly, I am not.)
Saint-Tropez used to be a small fishing town, but since Brigitte Bardot in the 1950, it's become the playground of the jet set.
I didn't really like it. It's a nice little town, but there's plenty others like it around here.
If I had to pick a city along the French Riviera to live in, Nice would be the one. It's a pretty big, vibrant city that has much more going on than just tourism.
Although it's a relatively small city (with a population of 70k), Cannes is known around the world for the Film Festival in May, when it's the place to be for actors, celebrities and everyone that matters - and their fans.
I was there in late July and last I checked, I'm not famous nor rich.