Common misconceptions about France are that the people are cold and stuck up… not true when everyone I met tried to help me, albeit in broken English. Not that my broken French helped :p The country is so rich in culture, architecture and food; France and Lyon especially, are both eye openers. Looking up when walking allows you to appreciate all the beautiful old facades, marred by time but all the more enriched by it.
Shopping in San Remo is always fun. We would drive across from Nice for a day on the beaches and in the shops of San Remo. The streets are pretty and quaint and there is a wide range of boutiques and stores to keep you happy for a lazy Saturday. Not to mention Intimissimi San Remo The pic below is of a delicatessen store, mmm tartufo