First Stop–Hyeres

Well, it’s been a long while, but I’m back and I’ve been traveling, and I’m finally writing about it.

A couple of months ago, I embarked on a week-long trip to Europe to visit one of my best friends who is currently working there. My trip to my first stop, southern France, consisted of: over 30 hours of traveling, begging to cut the immigration line in Lisbon then dashing through the airport to make the final boarding call for my flight to France, getting yelled at by a bus driver in Marseille, then catching two trains to finally make it to Hyeres.

Hyeres has a population of about 55,000 people and is located right in between the coast and the mountains. It is in between the two big cities of Nice and Marseille. Although Hyeres is not known for its tourist attractions, Hyeres was just as magical as the other cities I’ve visited in Europe. The atmosphere is completely different from anything I’ve experienced in America—it’s more relaxed, and people seem to enjoy life more—actually live it.

Although the French are infamous for being rude, the people were incredibly nice and polite in Hyeres, which leads me to think that French people are really only rude in the big cities which is where most tourists tend to travel to (side note: people are also rude in big cities in the U.S. so we can’t really judge the French for being the same).

All in all, Hyeres was wonderful. I felt I got a taste of the French culture and I loved it! It was a great city to start the trip!

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