This fall, Diane and I spent ten days in France. We were visiting our friends Richard and Robert, who live in Paris. After a few days in the city, we went on a train trip with them to southwest France- Basque territory in the Pyrenees. We spent a night in Bayonne, took another train up into the mountains to the small town of Saint Jean-Pied-de-Port, then a van ride to Pau, where we spent two nights. Another train ride brought us back to Paris for a few more nights.
During the days in Paris, we spent a lot of time walking, and on two of the days, I explored on my own. Not speaking french was challenging, but not really that bad. With maps and Metro tickets I got to see much of the central city.