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Europe » France » Languedoc-Roussillon » Montpellier April 11th 2019

Montpellier is well situated for taking day trips to nearby (and sometimes not so nearby) towns. But, we have discovered there are lots of neat places to walk in Montpellier. The trips described in this blog entry were taken on random days over the period we were there. The pictures are grouped by location rather than chronologically as sometimes the destinations overlapped. Tram station to tram station The tram that runs by our apartment heads south towards the Mediterranean but splits before it gets there into Lattes Centre and Perols. You can walk from either to the sea or take a local bus. We decided to be daring and walk from Lattes to Palavas-Les-Flots, the resort town right on the beach, along the beach and back up to Perols. It’s only 12 or 13 kilometres and ... read more
Le Lez
Old Bridge
Flamingos

Europe » France » Languedoc-Roussillon » Montpellier March 17th 2019

We have long been interested in the Chemin de St Jacques, the Pilgrim’s Way from all over Europe to Santiago de Compostela in northern Spain. Well, not enough to actually walk it ourselves but it has been fun to follow the adventures of various friends who have walked it. One of the trails passes through Montpellier and we have walked the route through the city, several portions of it before we discovered the streets we liked to walk were actually part of the route. In our readings about the Camino, we found references to St Guilhem le Désert, a small town not too far from here. The web site says it is one of the most beautiful villages in France. How could we pass that up? Our preferred method of exploration is to look places up ... read more
La Grotte de Clamouse
Cave picture
Cave picture

Europe » France » Languedoc-Roussillon » Montpellier March 8th 2019

In the last blog I mentioned I had come down with a nasty cough and cold. It really got in the way of being an energetic tourist and blogger. Fortunately, Dianne didn’t succumb to the cold and I seem to be on the mend. During this period we took it pretty easy. Fortunately our base camp is well situated for walks around the old city and, being near a tram stop, we can jump on a tram and go all over Montpellier to start our walks in different locations. The low point of the trip so far, was Thursday, February 28th. How do I know? Well, Dianne took exactly one picture. It was of me taking a nap. Zoo Getting to the zoo involves a long tram ride followed by a transfer to a local bus. ... read more
You looking at me?
New construction
Une journée venteuse

Europe » France » Languedoc-Roussillon » Montpellier February 28th 2019

Our latest adventure takes us back to France where the centre piece is a five week stay in Montpellier visiting with Mr. Darcy, the cat we sat with in 2017. Several other stops are planned in what will be a 68 night trip. In the two months between Dec 20th when the big windstorm hit Pender (and other locations around us) and Feb 20th when we left for France, things were pretty wild. Lots of devastation because of the wind storm (but no fatalities) and two major (for us) snow storms cancelled lots of activities. Snow on Pender is a problem because of the hills and limited snow removal equipment. So it was with some pleasure we left for France and temperatures forecast in the 17-20°C range Our itinerary took us through Vancouver and Frankfurt. Both ... read more
What we left behind
Why we were happy to get to Lyon
Not for the faint of heart

Europe » France » Languedoc-Roussillon » Montpellier August 10th 2017

This holiday seems to be getting weirder/more ridiculous by the day. Yesterday we went for a nice lunch in foix, sitting at an outside restaurant (empty add it was so cold and normal people were inside) with a view of the castle, pigeons to keep Seth occupied and a nice pizza, an English women contented on how she hadn't expected to hear an English voice, we chuckled politely and kept on eating. Ash then went all distant and thoughtful (rare) and turned to the woman and asked if she was a maths teacher (I thought the pizza had gone to his head) turns out that the woman and her husband not only taught Ash they also both once worked at the school we work at, live in the next village and are good friends with people ... read more

Europe » France » Languedoc-Roussillon » Montpellier July 5th 2017

How bad is this? Home two weeks and just realized I forgot to post the last blog entry for our trip to France! The only excuse is that we have been pretty busy getting caught up here on Pender. Back to the Blog The beauty of having 23 days in the same city is that you don’t have to rush around every day. You can take a day or two and just do nothing, or something close to it. Not that we did much of that, it’s just that some days we were content to take a tram to a park and just walk around. Of course, we managed to find a place to have a cappuccino pretty well every day. I have blogged about the day trips we took from Montpellier so here are some ... read more
Vineyards
Barrels of fun
Choices

Europe » France » Languedoc-Roussillon » Montpellier June 11th 2017

Well, back in Montpellier for 23 nights. Whatever will we do to fill our days here in the south of France? We have already visited many of the sights in Montpellier and know our way around the old town. We don’t even need our map (most of the time). Time to get out train schedules and visit some of the towns in the area. Sète We had already visited Sète (see previous blog) but didn’t have dinner at either of the places we had identified. Peter and Bev had recommended the Gourmet Walking Tour which is run by a Canadian woman who has lived in France for 30 years. Hmmmmm. Food, wine, desserts… Sounded good to us. We met up with Nancy and another couple at the Grand Hotel and off we went. Nancy was able ... read more
Did I mention desserts?
Head cheese
See food?

Europe » France » Languedoc-Roussillon » Montpellier May 17th 2017

Had a few extra photos (well, many) that seemed to be too many for the last blog. So here they are: a few random shots from Montpellier a bunch from the Montpellier Zoo a few from our day trip to Sète We are off to Brussels to visit the new friends we met in Italy last year so this is ToBeContinued.... read more
Wall Art
Building Art
Graffiti or wall art?

Europe » France » Languedoc-Roussillon » Montpellier May 13th 2017

On the train The trip from Lyon to Montpellier was easy. The French train system makes travel pretty easy once you figure out how to buy the tickets. The signs in the station are very clear, the notifications of the next station and how long it will be before you get there take the guess work out of travel. The Housesit We met Sheila in the station and had a short walk to their apartment. Very convenient. Kevin was out picking up some groceries. Even more convenient. We met Mr. Darcy who, in typical cat fashion, couldn’t really care less who we were. After lunch at a lovely outdoor restaurant, while Sheila did some last minute work related tasks before their two month trip, Kevin took us on a walk around the old city. It’s not ... read more
Mr. Darcy
Sharing a drink
Rue de Barcelone

Europe » France » Languedoc-Roussillon » Montpellier September 25th 2016

I wrote the blog today on the train between Montpellier and Marseilles, on the way to Nice. Sadly, it has been lost to cyberspace, so here I go again. Yesterday morning, I took a very fast train from Barcelona to Montpellier. Montpellier is the 8th largest city in France, and the third largest French city on the Mediterranean. It is also the quickest growing city in France over the past 25 years. This may be because it is home to three universities as well as three higher education institutions, which would explain the amount of young folk in the city. Anyone who reads my facebook statuses would already know how taken I was with the beauty of this city. It certainly isn't as well known as the other places I have visited during this trip, but ... read more
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