Not too far from Montpellier...
...more specific near the city Ganges 38 kilometers up north from Montpellier, you can find an amazing sight!!
Grotte des Demoiselles is some amazing caves...one of the most beautiful sights I have ever seen!!
If you are somewhere near this place someday, you gotta go here. Be prepaired to drive up some pretty steap roads to get there. Then you'll take an 'Indiana-Jones'-like train up to the caves, and walk around with a guide for about an hour.
At first it's just okay, but when you enter the 'big rooms' it's amazingly beautiful and almost unbelivable that it's just nature!
La Grotte des Demoiselles
St. Bauzille de Putois
34190 Ganges, Lanquedoc
Esplanade de l'Europe
Esplanade de l'Europe is a huge amphitheatre of buildings located just before the river Lez. If you are coming from Antigone, simply keep walking on the main street crossing the area, and you'll find yourself into the amphitheatre and in front of a good copy of the Nike of Samothrace, standing right in the middle of the square. The amphitheatre is made up of inhabited buildings: amazing...
From here you can go down the stairs to the river Lez and admire the Palais de la Région, a glass building with the shape of a triumph ark hosting the offices of the Region Council: impressive.
If you go there during the day, you can take a rest on the borders of the river Lez, where a nice park has been built on purpose.
At night, this area is very lively.
My first travel abroad
I've been to Montpellier 10 years ago. I was 17 years old. It was the first time i was abroad by myself. So, it was a very special trip for me.
I had been to Montpellier to attend French courses at Espace Universitaire Albert Camus. During my stay, I could also found time to go to Paris for a couple of days when they stopped classes for a national holiday. My memories from that France trip are mostly from those Paris days, but i remember that i had liked Montpellier very much as well.
Montpellier is a small city where people make their livings from agriculture and tourism. Since industry is not developed in the city t there is no air pollution.
It is also a university city. There are many universities in Montpellier and it is especially famous for medicine.
Place de La Comedie is the center of the city. It is a square surrounded with beatiful buildings, sculptures and fountains. It is full of cafes, restaurants, shopping places, street musicians. It is a lovely experience to be there. However, you should be careful about the pick-pockers.
If you like art, you should visit Fabre Museum. It has a great painting collection of 16th-18th century European painters. Unfourtanely, i learned that it will be closed until 2006.
There is an international music festival in July. I recommend you to go to Le Corum for a concert. Le Corum is a pink marble building very close to the Place de la Comedie. It is possible to walk there via Esplanade pedestrian walkways.
Please note that on Sundays, there is almost nothing to do in Montpellier. the shops are closed, it is even hart do find a place to eat. So it is a good idea to take a tour and go nearby places like Nimes, Beizers, Cevennees rather than staying in the city.
K1W1's new Montpellier Page
The lighting at night at various points of interest is a highlight. This is the theatre in Montpellier.
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