american playing with the idea of going to the Provence region of France. never been to france, know very little about it, and dont really have any strong opinions about it. ive heard that paris is a shithole and from what ive seen that seems to be true. does the same go for nice? are there any big cities in provence worth visiting? i wanted to mostly focus on tooling around the countryside and trying the food, maybe some wine, general loafing about. any good towns to recommend?
also, i know the obvious answer is 'yes, of course' but should i learn some french for this? all the french real ball breakers about using english? i know the stereotypes about french people but that can be true basically anywhere even though it never is.