On my first multi-day trip to France, which I will go into at length on its 20th anniversary next summer, I wanted to visit the Côte d'Azur, starting with Marseille. However, I was advised not to go to Marseille, since I knew hardly any French, and the city has a reputation for crime. As I only had a few days to spend in France, I opted to go to Paris instead, although I did take trains along the Mediterranean coast from Barcelona to Avignon on the way to Paris. I would like to visit SA on my next trip to France.
Incidentally, I'm checking out Second Life, with the idea that I can possibly use it to work on my French. I could create an avatar for myself that lives, works, and possibly studies in Sophia Antipolis. If I decide to do this it will be a really huge time commitment, and I'm not sure I want to go to the trouble of building out my virtual world, etc. But the idea seems intriguing. One of the boys in the family I stayed with in Albi built out a virtual world for me one afternoon (based on some questions he asked me about my current dwelling) while I was there last summer. His father asked me if I'd ever used Second Life, but I had not (although I'd heard of it). At the time I didn't think of SA, INRIA, etc.