I took this photo of the fountain near the entrance of Esplanade Charles de Gaulle in Montpellier, France, on December 17, 2002. It has the distinction of being the oldest photo in my Google Photos collection — for now, at least. The camera I used back then, a Minolta point-and-shoot, had low resolution by today’s … Continue reading Holiday lights, fountain in the historic center of Montpellier, France
Montpellier, France, is still one of my favorite places in the world, so I try to keep up with the local media there. I thought I’d share a couple recent news items that caught my attention today. First, our second favorite hockey team, the Montpellier Vipers, finished the regular season with an 8-0 home win … Continue reading Hockey and Popeyes, recent news items out of Montpellier
On a day trip from Montpellier a couple years ago, Kathryn and I spent a winter morning touring the walled city of Aigues-Mortes, France. While the city is a popular stop for tourists, you can tell from the television antennas and satellite dishes in the photo that normal people still live inside these walls, as they have since … Continue reading Aigues-Mortes walled city from the ramparts
The outdoor seating of the McDonald’s restaurant on Place de la Comédie in Montpellier, France, blends in well with other nearby cafes. It’s full of young people on a pleasant late summer evening.
Wouldn’t it be funny if the best hockey we saw this season was a French D2 match where roughly 800 were in attendance and the tickets cost less than beers at Gila River Arena?
Almost as rare as a jackalope sighting, this bar in the square beneath our apartment in Montpellier had a three-hour happy hour! It was still considerably more expensive than what I’d expect to pay for a pint of domestic beer at a local joint in Phoenix — but, oh, the people-watching!
Kathryn and I have been to Don Camillo three times in the last two years. It’s my new favorite pizzeria in Montpellier. Excellent wood-fired pizza, decent table wine, great ambiance, friendly service, and reasonable prices.
This morning we leave Montpellier for a day-long trip to Luxembourg. I’ll send a few status updates from the road, internet permitting.
Kathryn and I made a spontaneous afternoon trip to Sète yesterday, during which we climbed Mont Saint-Clair by foot. I don’t usually use the panoramic mode on my mobile phone camera, but this seemed like a good time to break that habit. The view from about halfway up, looking over the Mediterranean Sea: The view … Continue reading Enjoying the view from the top of Mont Saint-Clair, Sète
One of the things you’re supposed to do when you visit Carcassonne is to try the cassoulet, a dish made with meat and white beans, served like a stew. Kathryn got a photo of hers before she dug in. Our cassoulet was made with a pork sausage and had a roasted duck thigh too. The … Continue reading Cassoulet languedocien, enjoying a hearty lunch in Carcassonne
To follow up on yesterday’s post, we had a lovely time in Carcassonne. We arrived at the train station around 8:15 am, and after spending a few minutes checking out the Canal du Midi, we sat down for a relaxing breakfast before making the roughly half-hour walk to the walled city. Along the way we … Continue reading Carcassonne
It’s the second intermission of the first French hockey match I’ve ever attended. The Montpellier Vipers are hosting the Avignon Something-or-Others. Here are some of my impressions: It’s not much of a crowd. I’d measure the turnout in hundreds, not thousands. Then again, this is a Division 2 match, and since the premier French hockey … Continue reading Hockey in Montpellier, the first French match I’ve attended
It’s about 7:15 am, around the time we’ve been getting out of bed most mornings since our arrival in France, but today we’ve been awake over two hours and are more than one hour into our train ride to Carcassonne. The train rolled out of the station on Beziers several minutes ago, and as the … Continue reading Train ride to Carcassonne
Those of you with good memories may remember the post I wrote years ago describing how Kathryn mocked me for using the word ouais. Number of times I heard Kathryn use the word ouais today: Six.
Yesterday we decided to enjoy a happy-hour round of drinks in one of the several cafes in the busy plaza beneath our apartment in Montpellier. It’s tough to make out the bronze statue in the center of the plaza, partly obscured by the umbrella stand, but it’s of Jean Jaurès, after whom the plaza is … Continue reading Happy hour drinks at Le Tire Bouchon, Montpellier
Kathryn and I arrived a few minutes early our first day of classes. This is the view from the patio where many of us gather during the morning breaks. The street below the patio is Rue St. Guilhem, a busy shopping area with limited access to motor vehicles. Guilhem is the word for William in … Continue reading First day of class at French school in Montpellier
The last two times Kathryn and I were in France, we were impressed by all the fresh vegetables we found at local produce markets, but we were at a loss for how to prepare them. A salad seemed obvious, but the salad dressings in France aren’t particularly tasty. From what I’ve been told, most salads … Continue reading La sauce “ranch”
There was a special Europe-wide event going on this past weekend, the upshot of which was most of the museums in Montpellier were free. We had made other plans for Sunday afternoon, but we abandoned them in favor of visiting the Musée Fabre instead. I don’t know how to describe the permanent collection other than … Continue reading Visiting the Musée Fabre in Montpellier for free
One of the great things about visiting France is being able to attend Sunday Mass in an impressive, medieval stone cathedral like this one in Montpellier: As luck would have it, this cathedral even had a bishop in it this morning. The retired bishop was present to celebrate an event for the young children of … Continue reading Sunday Mass at Cathedrale St. Pierre in Montpellier
Here’s the view from our bedroom as we woke up this morning: The rooftop view comes with a price: four flights of stairs every time we return to our apartment. There aren’t many elevators in this part of Montpellier.
Just a quick update to let everyone know we’re safely at our apartment in Montpellier. The flight was a little late arriving in Paris, but we made our connection and so did our bags.
When Kathryn and I were in Paris in 2013, we ate in several kebab shops. Although I had eaten in French kebab shops when I was younger, usually after or during long nights of drinking, Kathryn, for her part, was totally sober and immediately hooked nonetheless. Meat, potatoes, bread, salt, grease, and just enough lettuce, … Continue reading Sauce Samouraï: “Why have you hidden this from me?”
It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything on my blog, so I thought I’d try to get the ball rolling again with this photo from January. I took it as Kathryn and I walked across Place de la Comédie inMontpellier. If I remember correctly, we were on our way back to the apartment after … Continue reading Place de la Comédie, Montpellier, a winter stroll after dark
We had pleasant weather during our stay in France, but it looks like we may have left in the nick of time. (Article in French.)
Neige : l’Hérault, le Gard, l’Aude et les P.-O. en vigilance orange – http://www.midilibre.fr/2015/02/02/la-neige-s-invite-dans-tout-le-languedoc-roussillon-ce-mardi,1119452.php
I was quite tired when I got in last night, so I had something to eat and went straight to bed. Our flights were all more or less on time, and a cousin gave us a ride home from the airport. I have a lot of follow-up posts to write, but for the next few … Continue reading Safely home