My Bucket List for France

I leave for France in one week. It’s been a busy couple of weeks as the reality of leaving for four months has finally hit me. And part of the busyness has been my attempt to make a general plan of where I want to go and what I want to do. So I’ve created this ambitious (but achievable) bucket list. Some of these items you will probably have no idea what I’m talking about, in which case, you’ll just have to wait and see what it is after I do it!

Some General/Overarching Things to Achieve
1. Take lots of photos (but not too many)
2. Take lots of videos
3. Meet cool people (the majority being French-speaking)
4. Improve my French by leaps and bounds (I hope to be basically fluent)
5. Become more confident with independent travel
6. Lose my fear of public transportation
7. Figure out WHAT THE HELL I WANT TO DO WITH MY LIFE (this might be an unrealistic goal)
8. Take advantage of cool opportunities; do not become lazy or pass things up just because I’d rather use the internet, watch a TV show, etc. CARPE DIEM.

And now, Specific Things To Do
9. Visit Alicia in Paris and see all the classic Paris destinations: Louvre, Eiffel Tower, Champs Elysees, Notre Dame, Pere Lachaise, etc.
10. Go to a club where they are playing Basshunter
11. Go to the Lemon Festival in Menton
12. Visit Monaco and gamble in the Grand Casino of Monte Carlo
13. Drive over the Viaduc de Millau
14. Kayak beneath the Pont du Gard
15. Attend a bullfight in Arles
16. See the Palais des Papes in Avignon
17. Ride a horse amongst the wild horses of the Camargue
18. Find all the fountains in Aix
19. Follow the Via Aurelia and see more Roman ruins than I can handle
20. Visit the museums of all the great artists (Van Gogh, Cezanne, Matisse, Chagall, Dufy, etc.)
21. Attend Catholic mass at a/some historic church/es
22. Eat a croissant everyday
23. Try escargot
24. Play a game of boules
25. Stalk Brigitte Bardot (or just dress like her in the 60s)
26. Buy une rideau de porte and a quilt
27. Hunt for truffles
28. Hike the hills of the Luberon (maybe even Mont Ventoux)
29. Go bike riding on a regular basis
30. Learn how to sail (this is a life goal, but if it can be achieved while in France, hooray!)
31. Take a boat tour of Les Calanques
32. Take as many scenic train rides as possible
33. Visit the Cite Ste-de Mandarom Shambhasalem
34. Learn to like wine
35. Walk through the Bambouseraie d’Anduze
36. Spend quality time at Aix’s weekly antique book market
37. Take a walk with a local farmer


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