There are some interesting museums in St Etienne such as Museum of Industry and art. If you are a museum fan then I receommend you to visit the one I mentioned. You will know the city better after visiting.
At the moment, from 15-30 of November 2008, there is the 10th international design exhibition taking place near cite du design and the observatory stand (dont know how to call it) opens all day. Going up there you can see the whole city. There are 3 halls at the exhibition; they are very interesting. The ticket is 4 euro for student and 5 euro for non-student. I was told that this event is held every two years.
Lyon can be a one day trip from St Etienne. The train is frequent.
Fondest memory: Friendly people are around you.
Head up to the mountains.
Fondest memory: Wherever you are, you will be able to find some road that will take you 'into the hills', and you'll see the most unbelievable views of French countryside... This is not only from the top of the mountain, but the 'getting there' is so much fun too... the winding country roads (make sure that you don't get motion sickness!), the forests... I am enchanted by the countryside...
Maurs is often called the 'Cantal Riviera' because the climate is very mild overthere. It is situated at the borders of the Cantal. It means that, for Tourism, the region of Maurs is a center of many tours towards three very different regions, rich in admirable and well-known sites and monuments that can be reached within half-day trips.
Fondest memory: The peace surrounding you and see all the beautifull nature....it really makes you feel being on a holiday. Besides that you have the feeling to go back in time....the old house, the medival leftovers and well you have to see for yourself.
Go to a nice house to stay your holiday and make sure you have a wonderful view.
Fondest memory: When we visite we see my parents again, thats always nice cause we dont see them that often.