Rendez-Vous a Montpellier

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Montpellier really is a special place;  and I’m not saying it because I was born in Montpellier.

It´s a very seductive city in south of France, elegant and cultured. It has broad boulevards lined with shady plane trees, a huge car-free central square laid out in the 1700s, surrounded by ornate buildings.

And, it´s just minutes away from the beach!

When I am in Montpellier, i always start the day with a coffee. The most famous spot for that is Place de la Comedie.

But in general, I prefer a more quiet place. If I don´t have much time, besides Place de la Comedie there is a nice coffee shop, Cafe Bibal, known especially for its terrace. And if I have more time on my hands, my choice always goes to Place de la Canourgue. This square was the center of Montpellier in 17C and a number of old houses remain standing around the garden with its unicorn fountain: the hôtel Richer de Belleval, the hôtel de Cambacérès and the hôyel du Sarret; also called the “Shell House”.

And the old part of Montpellier is all pedestrian! So it´s a pleasure to “flaner” in these little full of boutiques and bookstores. For lunch, my first choice would be the nice restaurant Les Bains, behind the Opera. also in summer, I specially love its courtyard.

While in the afternoon, I would go to the Musée Fabre. It´s the main museum of Montpellier, founded in 1825 by painter François-Xavier Fabre, this exceptional museum houses one of France’s richest collections of European art.

It´s a university city and cultured,therefor there is always something going on by day or by night.

France, Languedoc Roussillon, HŽrault, Montpellier, centre historique, l'Ecusson, Žglise St. Anne, rue St. Guilhem, Žglise St. Roch, vue aŽrienne
France, Languedoc Roussillon, HŽrault, Montpellier, centre historique, l’Ecusson, Žglise St. Anne, rue St. Guilhem, Žglise St. Roch, vue aŽrienne

 

 

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