Every friday evening during summer on the Esplanade ( next to the Comedie Square, in the very centre)
At les Estivales, you will taste local wine, enjoy a night market ( mostly handicraft... ), lot of local or exotics food stands, and music and concerts.
For the wine, easy principle, fo' 5 euros you get a glass ( a real one) and 3 tickets for the " degustation"... then let your curiosity choose the type of wine among the various local producers.
But be careful to :
- pick pockets ( it's really crowdy)
- the market is kinda expansive ( nothing extraordinary or that is difficult to find somewhere else and/or cheaper)
- people can get really drunk there ( but everything stops at 11 pm)... maybe you !
- If you need further explanations on wine or else, not sure there are so much english-speaker, unfortunatly... nor others languages ( but after several day in France you might be already use to that, hehe)... friendly atmosphere though.
Otherwise, this is a really popular " rendez-vous" of the town both for tourists and locals, so you should surely try it by yourself !
Have a nice summer.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
One "must see activity" at Gruissant is the "Salt Pile". The salt-works are protected against heavy seas by a 1,5 km-long sea wall. They cover a total surface area of 392 ha between the sea and the island of St Martin.
The exploitation of this natural resource is based on an agricultural technique that consists of concentrating and harvesting the salt in the salt marshes.
The salt "Fleur de sel" from the Audois region is really worth discovering.
There is a Museum of the Salt wich is worth discovering, and which gives us an overview of this natural resource...
A must....also a shop around the salt..we bought the "Fleur de Sel" as well as "Sel aux piments de Gruissan" which is salt with hot peppers. Excellent!
This Medieval archaeological garden is set around the remains of the 13th century Saint Esprit church which was a meeting point for pilgrims and of the 14th century Pila Saint Gely gate, both of which were uncovered during excavation work for the new tram lines. In itsmore recent past, the site was occupied by a potters' workshop. The kilns are reflected in the design of the tram stop and some artifacts are on display in the lift shaft leading to the Esplanade.
This square is one of the most beautifull modern places in Montpellier. Next to a riverside and with wonderfull outdoor cafes, you'll have the chance to enjoy the climate and the fantastic scenary. Enjoy!
The city contains Roman ruins. The three square towers of the fortified Palais des Archeveques, date from the 13th and 14th centuries. The Gothic-style town hall was added to the palace only in the 19th century. The building now houses two museums that contain collections of paintings, ceramics, and Roman artifacts.
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