When we first landed in France, we rented a car and drove straight to Vittefleur, a village 3 miles from the coast where my cousin Martine lives. She graciously let us use her home while we were there. It was a beautiful, quiet village and it was a great way to start our vacation by immersing ourselves in the French culture. Nobody we encountered aside from Martine and Michel spoke English, so grocery shopping and restaurants were a challenge but it really set in quickly that we were somewhere new and different and it was fantastic. We enjoyed a great dinner with them while we were there, steak, Marmite, and fish, and then prepared to travel to our next top in the South of France: Frejus / Sain-Raphael.