Paris is fantastic. I love the feel, the rythm of paris... it's both electic and laid back. It's Romantic and Charming... and it's also very mean. The mix of cultures and languages and people... wow. The tourrist parts of Paris are almost obligatory, but it's the ''french side of paris'' that's beyond amazing... and while I could tell you stories of cafes and parks and the effiel tower, Paris is not all there is to france-
No, should you go, I would recommend to make it a point to get outside of Paris. Normands are a particular kind of folk (I say this with love-) they're hard to make friends with, but once you're in- you're in for life. And their hospitality is amazing. The Food, the old towns, the history - brush up on your french than sit and chat with the older normands about world war two and their experiances. You'll learn so much more about the world while being urged to eat delish. rich foods. Normadie is a gorgeous country side.
have a feeling, though, that you'd be more into the south. Bordeaux is a fun town- it's a small version of Paris. To be able to sit in a cafe and watch people- to see and to be seen- is almost the whole point of bordeaux. Fablous shopping, a great nightlife- rich history and culture- hospitable and open people- and more chances of finding english speakers ;] make Bordeaux City another good option for you.
Wine country and the Loire Valley are gorgeous too. The small, medivel towns of sarlart and bergerac are inviting, as are the chateaux and surrounding farms. Going and sipping wine over a succluent dinner should definatly be done. And the south really does know how to party, if you're into that sort of thing ;]
The cost of france is just plain gorgeous and shouldn't be missed...
I can't speak for anywhere else other than the pyranees. they're pretty, but I suck at skiing so my opinon of that area is a little jaded.
For me, France is all about its people. The Food is the best. I will never forget the simple joy of eating a hot baguette.
I miss it so much, france =p
if you go, please, try to travel outside of paris. and for sure brush up on your french- it'll open up your world to so many new and different people-
I feel like I just wrote an ad for france, lol. it's not always peaches and cream there. But I love it. Them. It was well worth the work to ''become french'' (when you move to a forgein country, you need to adapt to it! ) hell yes I would go again in a heartbeat.
and your eithicity would only matter to some people, like here in the US. There are 100 percent africans who migrate to france- and yeah, racisim exists but it does everywhere...
EDIT- if you want anything else described or have any questions, just let me know!
I was an exchange student over a 10 month period in france. I lived with french families and went to french school.