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I just love the cafes in Montpellier, particularly when you can just stop for a quick drink before dinner and see what's happening in the city. This handy one, right next to the Theatre, was ideal for a sit down and a regroup. Two small glasses of white wine, some complimentary popcorn and olives with a delightful tomato sauce. Very Mediterranean! Price on 9th May 2010, 5.60 Euros. Just the ticket.
They do special deals on breakfast too, a hot drink, a cold drink, a slice of buttered bread or croissant and a yoghurt all for 4.50 Euros. See the next photo and keep a look out for these special deals as you wander around town. Much cheaper than the hotel breakfasts. You also get good value for money from the Chinese/Thai restaurants.
Updated Sep 4, 2010
Address: Place de la Comedie
Phone: 04 67 66 06 55
The Cathedral is the only church still standing after the Wars of Religion in Montpellier. It is not of great importance, but the turrets of the church are a pleasant sight. Next to it are the 13C ancient buildings of the first Faculty of Medicine in modern times.
Updated Jan 26, 2010
In the western part of the city one passes along the Rue Foch until it ends at Arc de Triomphe built in 1691 commemorating the victories of Louis XIV in battle. Here the Promenade of Peyrou extends further west to further monuments. But first we must see Arch itself decorated with its bas-reliefs as well as close by regal nearby statues and the Law Courts.
Written Jan 9, 2010
This is a Sunday place for the younger child to experience his first carousel ride and for slightly older ones to have their first pony ride, but above all there are crepes, gautres and ice cream to conclude with. There are carriage rides through the surrounding area too.
Written Jan 6, 2010
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.
Written Jan 5, 2010
We walked from our parking space to the south of the Place de la Comedie into the large central area before the Three Graces Fountain. It was an early Sunday morning, which allowed us to stop and examine each aspect of the 19C Opera. Nearby some early cafes were opening as was the large McDonald's situated in a fine late 19C four story structure among the others.
Written Jan 5, 2010
This triumphal arch was built in honour of Louis XIV in 1691 upon the site of Western city side medieval gate. Medallions depict important events during the king's reign. On the city side, you see the Canal du Midi connecting the Ocean and the Mediterranean and the revocation of the Edict of Nantes which outlawed Protestantism.
Written Oct 27, 2007
This church was built from 1866 to 1869 at the time of the economic advancement of the city. Its majestic bell-tower is visible of all the town of Montpellier. The area of St Anne church is very French: a lot of bistros and cafés border the narrow tiny medieval streets. You cannot help stopping for a tea or an aperitif in one of them.
Written Oct 20, 2007
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.
Written Oct 19, 2007
The Saint-Clement Aqueduct dates from the 17th century, covering an 800m span across the "The Arches" district of the city; it was used to bring water from the St Clément spring 14 km away.
The aqueduct emptied into a water tank near the Arc de Triomphe (which is very close by), from where the water would run downhill to fill fountains and public water points.
Updated Jul 22, 2006
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