Millau, to the foot of the Larzac,
Millau is a small city to the foot of the causse of the Larzac.
Close to the old bridge you can see this curious construction over to the of the river. Millau became famous thanks to Jose Bove, the peasant union militant, who lives close to there, and that had participated to the destruction of the restaurant Mac-Donald of this city.
Inside the covered market
This picture shows the inside of the covered market of Millau (les Halles). From the inside, one can see better the iron structure of the building with its thin and delicate iron columns that support the roofing structure.
Erosion has carved fabulous figures in the karstic rocks. This chaos was discovered at the end of XIXth century by the famous speleologist Edouard Alfred Martel who thought it had been undermined by powerful torrents coming from the north which whirlpools would have carved the surface of the "Causse noir" (the plateau). Martel had given names of fabulous figures to every rock, which can still be seen on maps !
Who want to play tennis 270 m above the ground ?
It is hard to believe that on top of pillar number 2 (the highest), a tennis court could be set up ! Though, this is true !
But who would want to play tennis 270 meters above the ground, especially if the players have to collect themselves the balls going out of the court ?
Millau, Jose Bove and the viaduct
There are several reasons for visiting Millau. This is the town where José Bové and his friends dismantled in 2002 a Mac Do that was to open a few days later and this is the town that has given it's name to the ''Viaduc de Millau'' (Millau's viaduct).
On May 28th 2004, the most controversial Millau's viaduct will be finished, the last missing span being launched.
On May 28th, I am beginning to build my Millau's page and launch the first photo.
Actually, it's pure chance : I was there the week before and it's time to make my page !
In the old city of Millau, weekly city market plays a main part in the city life.
While you are in Millau, do not miss to pay a visit to Roquefort. You can visit the caves, see the cheese maturing and of course taste it !.
"Montpellier le Vieux"
25 km away from Millau, Montpellier le Vieux is an out of the beaten track place that is really worth a visit (5 euros). On the whole surface of the site, dolomitic rocks have been carved by water and wind to make the figure of a ruined city. It is called a ''mega lapiaz''.
More on the official site of Montpellier le Vieux and you might also visit the famous Aven Armand cave (unfortunately, we could not include it in our trip, due to our time schedule)