Is there anywhere particular in the US that you'd like to visit? We are an amazingly large and diverse country...
I'd like to visit any part of the US. I had a look at Portland's website, the surrouding of this city seems very nice. I'd really love to visit New York city, I've heard so much about club and party overthere. I'd also like to go to Miami during the winter music conference.
I'm still wondering about how people feel about French people since the war in Irak. I've heard so much about it that I really don't know.
I would enjoy visiting Paris at least once. What is the cost for a "cheap 2 star hotel" there on average?
Arround 90€ for 2 people for one night and breakfast.
Generally, I avoid large cities and overly touristy areas - I prefer smaller towns, open land, lands, mountains and forests. I'd appreciate suggestions for anywhere but generally the area's in and around the Pyrenees, Alps, the Jura's & the Massif Central seem promising.
There is region that you don't mention but that is worth the journey : "La bretagne". It's the sort of big peninsula in the west or france. There is a big forest "Brocéliande", this is the forest of Merlin the wizzard. If you are interested in all the Arthur's myth and everything related, this is the very place to go. Every village or lake or anything has a story overthere.
This is also the region of the "galette". This is a very famous meal and hoppefully you can tweak the receipe in order to make it vegan without wasting the original taste. You can also visit the "Mont saint Michel", this is like a big church built on a rock near the coast. If you like the sea and things related, there are dozen of small coast city with lovely ports.
Mountains are a great choice. During winter, for winter sports. Or during summer for excursions. In the massif central you can practice lot of water sport like canoe, rafting, aqua-excursion...
I don't know much about mountain, but at least I have a strong advise : don't go to the Pyrenees for winter sport if you have a surf. Tracks are clearly not designed for surf.
Please do offer suggestions and please ask any questions you have about the US!
I think I have a very false idea of what US are really. My opinion is based on american movies and French media, but I do believe that this is not the truth. Your society cannot be like in "Friends". Tell me more.