Finding romance on a beach in France

A couple years ago, I asked for your travel romance stories. Here’s one from a student of mine:

When I was 21 I went on a backpacking trip to Europe. After spending a couple of weeks in Paris visiting my sister, I went to southern France and in front of Avignon Catholic Church I saw her.

At that time, I was addicted to a Japanese movie star, Nakayama Miho, who starred in Love Letter. The girl I saw in Avignon resembled Nakayama Miho. I fell in love at first sight.

I was too shy to speak with her though so I went to Cannes, regretting my lack of courage. I missed her.

Then I saw her in Cannes. I was so happy and surprised. I tried to talk to her several times but I was too foolish. I met her in two more cities, Monaco and Menton. And I couldn’t do anything.

I went to my final destination, Nice, one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. I was walking along that beach, thinking about her as the sun set. Then I saw her, glowing in the setting sun, taking in the same view.

This was my last chance. I knew if I didn’t talk to her, I’d regret it for the rest of my life. I walked over to her and told her my name and that I had seen her in the other cities and that she was beautiful and that I wanted to travel with her..

“That sounds good. I saw you in many places and was curious about you. I’m Michiyo from Japan.”

It was a miracle. We went to Italy and had a fantastic time for two weeks. I thought it was fate. It turned out we were using different translations of the same guidebook, We laughed together for a while when we realized we had been following the same itinerary.

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