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Montpelier, France.

Christmas 2015.

Buskers. - Montpellier

Buskers. - Montpellier

Montpelier.

We flew to Nice in December 2015 and booked our return flight from Barcelona. The train journey from Nice to Barcelona is quite long, so we decided to break it up by finding somewhere on route to stay overnight. Without really knowing anything at all about it, we chose Montpellier. Montpellier is the capital of the Languedoc Roussillon region and the eighth largest city in France. Nearly one third of the population is made of students from the city's universities. The University of Montpellier is one of the oldest universities in the world. It was founded in 1160. It was suppressed during the French Revolution but was later re-established around 1896.

Crucifix, Montpellier. - Montpellier

Crucifix, Montpellier. - Montpellier

We stayed in a hotel just off the Place de la Comédie. We enjoyed exploring this lovely square as well as exploring Montpellier's charming old town with its narrow winding streets. We also visited Saint Peter's Cathedral, the Porte du Peyrou triumphal arch, the Place Royal du Peyrou, the Saint Clément Aqueduct, the Jardine du Champs du Mars and the Antigone District.

Ibis Montpellier Centre Comedie: Comfortable stay.

We just stayed in this hotel for one night. The hotel is very centrally situated between Montpellier's main square Place de la Comedie and the Paragon Shopping Centre. To get to reception, you take the lift down. Check in was efficient. Check out was a bit slow. Our room was clean and comfortable. We were at the back of the hotel, facing a carpark so for such a central hotel it was wonderfully quiet at night. We slept well here. Like all Ibis hotels, the hotel had no fridge or safe. There was a convenient supermarket in Place de la Comedie. The hotel was handy for the train station (about 10 minutes walk) and for shopping and for sightseeing. The old town of Montpellier and the Antigone area are very nearby. We did not eat breakfast at this hotel. The hotel is conveniently located for restaurants. The hotel had free wifi which worked well. Address: Allee Jules Milhau, Immeuble Le Triangle, Montpellier, Languedoc Roussillon.

Our room. - Montpellier

Our room. - Montpellier

The Place de la Comedie.

The Place de la Comedie is the main square of Montpellier. It is home to The Opéra national de Montpellier Languedoc Roussillon. At the center of the square is a fountain called the Three Graces, built by sculptor Étienne d'Antoine in 1790. During our visit this fountain was surrounded by floral tributes to those murdered in Paris by terrorists on November 13th 2015. The square was also home to a Christmas market, an ice- skating rink, many restaurants, hotels, cafes and buskers.

The Place de la Comedie at night. - Montpellier

The Place de la Comedie at night. - Montpellier

Carousel on Place de la Comedie. - Montpellier

Carousel on Place de la Comedie. - Montpellier

Floral tributes to terrorist victims. - Montpellier

Floral tributes to terrorist victims. - Montpellier

Floral tributes to terrorist victims. - Montpellier

Floral tributes to terrorist victims. - Montpellier

The Three Graces Fountain.

The Three Graces fountain stands outside the front of the Opera House on Place de la Comedie. It was built by sculptor Étienne d'Antoine in 1790. During our visit this fountain was surrounded by floral tributes to those murdered in Paris by terrorists on November 13th 2015. One of the three graces had been blindfolded using a French flag.

The Three Graces Fountain. - Montpellier

The Three Graces Fountain. - Montpellier

The Three Graces Fountain. - Montpellier

The Three Graces Fountain. - Montpellier

Tributes by the fountain. - Montpellier

Tributes by the fountain. - Montpellier

Peter in front of The Three Graces Fountain. - Montpellier

Peter in front of The Three Graces Fountain. - Montpellier

The Porte de Peyrou.

The Porte de Peyrou is a large triumphal arch which leads to the Jardin de Peyrou. It was designed by François Dorbay and was completed in 1693. Its reliefs show four major events from the reign of Louis XIV.

The Porte de Peyrou. - Montpellier

The Porte de Peyrou. - Montpellier

The Porte de Peyrou. - Montpellier

The Porte de Peyrou. - Montpellier

The Porte de Peyrou. - Montpellier

The Porte de Peyrou. - Montpellier

The Porte de Peyrou. - Montpellier

The Porte de Peyrou. - Montpellier

The Promenade du Peyrou.

The Promenade du Peyrou is located behind the Arch of Preyou. It is a large garden occupying one of the highest locations in Montpellier and thus has beautiful views over the city. Construction of the Promenade began in 1689. In the centre of the gardens there is an equestrian statue of Louis XIV, the sun king. An old legend states that none of Montpellier's buildings were to be higher than his outstretched arm. A beautiful old water tower the Château d’Eau is also located in this park. It dates from 1768.

Water Tower in The Promenade du Peyrou. - Montpellier

Water Tower in The Promenade du Peyrou. - Montpellier

Water Tower in The Promenade du Peyrou. - Montpellier

Water Tower in The Promenade du Peyrou. - Montpellier

The Promenade du Peyrou. - Montpellier

The Promenade du Peyrou. - Montpellier

Carved face at The Promenade du Peyrou. - Montpellier

Carved face at The Promenade du Peyrou. - Montpellier

The Water Tower, Montpellier. - Montpellier

The Water Tower, Montpellier. - Montpellier

Statue of King Louis XIV. - Montpellier

Statue of King Louis XIV. - Montpellier

Aquaduct Saint Clément.

Behind the water tower of the Promenade du Peyrou stretches the seventeenth century Aquaduct Saint Clément which stretches across Montpellier for 800m. At one time it was used to bring water to Montpellier from the St Clément spring 14 km away. The aqueduct used to empty into a water tank near the triumphal arch. From the water tower the water would run downhill to fill fountains and public water points.

Aquaduct Saint-Clément

Aquaduct Saint-Clément

Aquaduct Saint-Clément

Aquaduct Saint-Clément

Aquaduct Saint-Clément

Aquaduct Saint-Clément

Aquaduct Saint-Clément

Aquaduct Saint-Clément

Aquaduct Saint-Clément

Aquaduct Saint-Clément

The Saint Clément Aqueduct. - Montpellier

The Saint Clément Aqueduct. - Montpellier

The Cathédrale Saint Pierre De Montpellier.

Montpellier Cathedral, also known as The Cathédrale Saint Pierre de Montpellier, is a Roman Catholic cathedral and the seat of the Archbishops of Montpellier. The cathedral was badly damaged during the Wars of Religion between Catholics and Protestants in the sixteenth century and was rebuilt in the seventeenth century.

The Cathédrale Saint-Pierre De Montpellier

The Cathédrale Saint-Pierre De Montpellier

The Cathédrale Saint-Pierre De Montpellier

The Cathédrale Saint-Pierre De Montpellier

The Cathédrale Saint-Pierre De Montpellier

The Cathédrale Saint-Pierre De Montpellier

The Cathédrale Saint-Pierre De Montpellier

The Cathédrale Saint-Pierre De Montpellier

The Jardin Du Champs Du Mars.

These gardens are not far from the main square Place de la Comedie in Montpellier. They have an ornate pool, statues, a museum, a war memorial and a monument to some of the victims of Auschwitz and Birkenau Concentration Camps. Explore during the day. These gardens are not quite so safe after dark.

The Jardin Du Champs Du Mars.

The Jardin Du Champs Du Mars.

The Jardin Du Champs Du Mars.

The Jardin Du Champs Du Mars.

The Jardin Du Champs Du Mars.

The Jardin Du Champs Du Mars.

The Jardin Du Champs Du Mars.

The Jardin Du Champs Du Mars.

Antigone.

Antigone is an interesting area of Montpellier. Its unusual neoclassical architecture was designed by Spanish architect, Ricardo Bofill. Antigone is built on the grounds of the Joffre Barracks. It stretches from the Polygon Shopping Centre to the River Lez.

Antigone. - Montpellier

Antigone. - Montpellier

Antigone. - Montpellier

Antigone. - Montpellier

Antigone. - Montpellier

Antigone. - Montpellier

Antigone. - Montpellier

Antigone. - Montpellier

Antigone. - Montpellier

Antigone. - Montpellier

Montpellier Old Town.

One of the many pleasures of a visit to Montpellier is just to wander aimlessly around the old town enjoying its narrow, winding streets, cafe filled squares and beautiful old buildings. Montpellier is a very underrated city.

Montpellier Old Town.

Montpellier Old Town.

Montpellier Old Town.

Montpellier Old Town.

Montpellier Old Town.

Montpellier Old Town.

Montpellier Old Town.

Montpellier Old Town.

Montpellier Old Town.

Montpellier Old Town.

The opera house at night. - Montpellier

The opera house at night. - Montpellier

NEM Saigon Vietnamese Restaurant: : Tasty Meal In Montpellier.

While we were in Montpellier, we enjoyed a very pleasant meal in the NEM Saigon Vietnamese restaurant. We had a chicken curry dish and a chicken with ginger dish, plus some bowls of steam rice. Both were very good and very filling. We washed it all down with Chinese and Thai beer Tsing Tao and Singha. Nothing like a bit of international variety. This restaurant is at 4 Rue Vanneau 34ooo Montpellier a side street behind the Place de la Comedie. Address: 4 Rue Vanneau, 34000 Montpellier.

Tasty Meal In Montpellier.

Tasty Meal In Montpellier.

Tasty Meal In Montpellier.

Tasty Meal In Montpellier.

Posted by irenevt 22:03 Archived in France

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You're right, "Montpellier is a very underrated city."

We were in France at the same time, in Paris and Strasbourg up north for the Christmas markets. There were memorials to the victims of the terrorists in both cities. So sad . . .

by Beausoleil

Hi Sally, I've been to Strasbourg once a long time ago. Another beautiful place.

by irenevt

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