Why did I go to France? For most of my life I have wanted to be able to speak French. I studied French in high school and I majored in French at the University of Iowa but even after all that study, I could not speak French, at least, not very well. I enrolled in the American Institute for Foreign Study and on September 14, 1997, I arrived in Cannes, France to begin a two week orientation before my trip to Paris and the beginning of my great adventure. Here are some views from my room at the International College of Cannes and across the street on the beach of the French Riviera.