We all have friends who come back from their study abroad experience boasting about their limitless weekend travels that traversed all the European cities, beaches, and mountains one could only dream about reaching. It’s very true that European transportation makes this extremely manageable and I definitely do intend on doing my fair share of traveling, but I find it just as important to take the time to really get to know the city that you’re living in.
In reality, you’ll probably be spending the vast majority of your time abroad in your host city so it’s super important that you really get to know it and know how to enjoy it in a way that suits you best.
For me, the easiest way to do this was to find a few places throughout the city where I thoroughly enjoyed going either by myself or with friends.
Cannes is a beautiful city on the French Riviera with about 70,000 people. This is the perfect size for me because it offers plenty of things to see and do with the benefit of being able to really get to know all of my surroundings.
It’s no secret that the French know what they’re doing when it comes to food. One of my favorite activities has been going around town with my friends and trying all sorts of different restaurants and cafés. In a few short weeks we’ve been able to pick out where to get the best crêpe for a snack and the best kebab after a late night exploring. Even knowing where to go for good food is extremely comforting and has made me fall in love with Cannes.
Sometimes it’s important to find your own space every once in a while too! I love having a couple of places that I can call “my own.” They make the city feel just a little smaller which makes me fall in love even more.
A prime benefit of going to school on the French Riviera is that I literally have a two minute walk to the beach.
I definitely take full advantage of this on the daily. One time on a run I decided to follow the coast until I couldn’t go any further. Once I got to the end I sat down at a corner, looked around and realized how beautiful the place I was living truly was. I was sitting where the sandy beach turned into rocks that stretched out into the Mediterranean Sea. Half of the Sea met the foothills of the Alps and the rest just went on for miles, that little corner is quiet and beautiful and is an excellent place for some reflection (or just a quick break in the middle of a run)!
My favorite place that I’ve discovered in so far is right outside the Musée de la Castre. The museum sits at the top of a hill called Le Suquet in Old Cannes. Just like the name suggests, Old Cannes is the oldest part of Cannes and still has the feel of a medieval town. There is an open space with a few benches right outside the museum that overlooks Cannes. The view is honestly like looking into the future. You’re sitting in a small medieval area but looking out to a bustling city below filled with lots of people and luxurious hotels, shops, and yachts.
Finding places that amaze me just steps away from where I live is my favorite part about studying abroad in Cannes.
I cannot wait to find even more special locations and fall in love with the city even more.