Un autre beau jour de marche à pied, de manger et de détente

by Chip (aka Mark) Graham on May 27, 2015

Montpellier-DMAnother fine day of walking, eating and relaxing! Montpellier is a much smaller city than Toulouse (about 600K people) and is the home of the University of Montpellier, one of the oldest universities in the world, along with 2 other universities and seven smaller colleges, so there are tons of young people here. The city definitely has a youthful population and energy. There is always lots to do here: check out 15 good reasons to visit Montpellier in 2015! The city also has numerous pedestrian only streets which makes walking around very enjoyable. Today we enjoyed a nice breakfast and then wandered out and about, through the Polygone shopping mall near the hotel just for fun, and then down through a fairly modern housing area along a pedestrian mall that takes you through the Place Paul Bec, Place de Thessalie, Esplanade de l’Europe, and end20150527_130050s at Le Lez (the river that runs through town). From there we walked along the river on a very nice path and then headed back towards the Place du Comedie. I had to stop at Brice in the mall and buy a couple of shirts (I just had to have them!). We had a very nice lunch at La Cantine d’Adrien which is on the Esplanade Charles de Gaulle right next to the Place du Comedie. Another stretch of pedestrian walkways lined with open air restaurants. After lunch we relaxed before heading out for dinner.  20150527_215240We wandered over to a place we found online, Marvelous, which is an interesting mix of restaurant, bar and comic book. The service was good, the food was good and it shares a very small quiet plaza with another restaurant along the pedestrian walkway in the old part of town.  A very pleasant spot for dinner. We shared a cheese plate for dessert, which was huge!  More leisurely walking and then back to the hotel to wind down our stay in Montpellier.  Tomorrow begins the family part of the trip!

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