Experience the art of petanque
Montpellier is one of the major cities in the world when i comes to the french game petanque, and this is also the home of a big international tournament being played during a weekend in July every year.
The tournament that hosts some of the best teams including world champions is being played near the center of the city and whether you wanna play yourself or just look, you are in for a great experience here!
'Comedie de la Petanque' is the official name of the tournament due to the location near the 'Place de Comedie' in Montpellier.
The tournament is being played Thursday - Sunday, and offers four different tournaments including a special 'show'tournament' in a stadium featuring the best players in the world !
You are able to play both 'double' and 'triple' tournaments, but you need to have a players-license, and it's a good idea to be able to speak french with the inscription-people. If you wanna play you need to have your own 'boules' and of course a players-license. If you are just going to watch, a camera would be nice :0)
Walk Along the Esplanade Above the Comedie
Here there are fountains, kiosks serving gaulettes and crepes, a small carousel, pony rides and carriage drives. Ways for the pleasures of a Sunday morning and for more serious study there is the Fabre picture galleries immediately near by.
Montpellier (Occitan Montpelhièr) is a city in the south of France. It is the capital of the Languedoc-Roussillon région, as well as the préfecture (administrative capital) of the Hérault département. The population of the city (commune) of Montpellier at the 1999 census was 225,300, whereas the whole metropolitan area (in French: aire urbaine) had a population of 459,916 in 1999. In February 2004, it was estimated that the population of the city of Montpellier had reached 244,700, an increase of 8.6% since 1999. In 2007, the estimated population of the metropolitan area was 531,000
The main focus point of the city is the Place de la Comédie.
The Musée Fabre
In the historic centre, a significant number of Hôtels can be found.
A fine botanical garden, the first in France, founded in 1593
The 14th century cathedral of Saint-Pierre.
The Porte du Peyrou, a triumphal arch
The Aqueduc Saint-Clément
The Antigone District and other housing projects have been designed by the architect Ricardo Bofill from Catalonia, Spain
A number of châteaux, so-called follies, built by wealthy merchants surround the city
"The Trainstation and Transport"
Montpellier is served by railway, including TGV trains. Montpellier's main railway station is St Roch.
The Montpellier-Méditerranée Airport is located in the area of Fréjorgues, in the town of Mauguio, southeast of Montpellier.
The TaM (Transports de l'agglomération de Montpellier) manages the city's public transportation, including its tramway network consisting of 2 lines and several parking facilities. Line 1 runs from Mosson in the west to Odysseum in the east. Line 2 runs from Jacou in the northeast to St. Jean-de-Vedas in the southwest. They intersect at Gare St. Roch station, Place de l'Europe and again in front of the Corum. Work on Line 3, which is planned to be in service by 2012, will start in the near future. This 22.4 km line will link Juvenac and Perols with a branch to Lattes and will serve 32 stations
OAD Bretagne cycletours 1994
OAD Cycle Tours
With a group of 40 people we cycled around Bretagne, as there is no special place about Bretagne I will put some of the pictures I took inhere to give you an idea how things happened!