In the fall of 2009, I won a $13,000 trip to Normandy, France from Forbes and Porsche. It was named the Road to Normandy Sweepstakes. It included round trip airfare from Houston, Texas to Paris, France; a car rental plus five days/four nights in the Forbes’ private residence in a tiny village called, Balleroy…which is about an hour south of Omaha Beach.
Aside from visiting Niagara Falls when I lived in Western New York State, I’d never been to a foreign country before and therefore never had been exposed to a different language, nor did I want to learn one. In Paris, they are very diverse and English is spoken in most places but in the small towns of France, not so much.
My family and I are planning on returning to France in the summer of 2016. Hopefully for an entire month, and it is my goal to become conversationally fluent by then.