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Montpellier

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  • Day24

    One Night in Montpellier

    September 26, 2019 in France ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

    In der eher "jungen" Stadt Montpellier kamen wir auf unserem Weg nach Toulouse, unserem letzten Ziel in Südfrankreich, vorbei. Obwohl wir nur auf der Durchreise waren, hatten wir trotzdem einen ziemlich schönen Abend mit unseren Hosts Daniela und Evan. Von Daniela konnten wir so einiges an hilfreichen Tips für ihr Heimatland Kolumbien bekommen... Auch wenn das noch ein Weilchen hin ist :P Am nächsten Morgen hat Evan uns dann seine Stadt gezeigt, denn als Feuerwehrmann hat man in Frankreich so einiges an Urlaub, sogar mehr als wir bei Ford hatten!!! Leider hatten wir schon unseren Anschluss in Toulouse gebucht, sonst wären wir definitiv länger dort geblieben... Dennoch freuen wir uns die nächsten drei Tage mal an einem Ort zu verbringen, weil drei Städte in drei Tagen schon ganz schön anstrengend waren. Das soll jetzt aber keine Beschwerde sein :D!Read more

  • Day19

    Animals...

    September 16, 2018 in France ⋅ ☁️ 24 °C

    Hi. It’s Dale and Mama. We are writing about some of the animals we’ve seen in France. In Paris, we saw a lot of pigeons. If a random lady puts food on your head near Notre Dame cathedral, you will have a pigeon chapeau! In Strasbourg, we went to Parc de l’Orangerie where there was a little zoo. We saw flamingos, spider monkeys, parrots, wallabies, and white Alsatian storks (les cigognes) with really big nests that are native to Strasbourg. In Cormatin, which is a little village near Cluny where we stayed for 3 days, we saw lots of cute cats and kittens, and we saw three beautiful horses playing and jumping with each other and with their owner, Celeste. It was really neat to watch and I got to ride Assia, the white one, with no saddle! Finally, I met Java the sheep dog, and his sheep friends at the Acro-Bath, where we went climbing in the trees. Java had one white and blue eye, and the other was brown and black! That’s all for now. Bye!Read more

  • Day37

    Weather in Montpellier

    October 4, 2018 in France ⋅ 🌙 19 °C

    We haven’t had a drop of rain since we arrived... I fear it is coming, especially when we biked under this last night on our way through La Comedie. Montpellier is ready!
    (Actually, they are part of fundraising event for breast cancer research - I learned this when we walked by them today).

  • Day34

    The Olympic Pool

    October 1, 2018 in France ⋅ 🌬 18 °C

    Today me and Geoff went to a french olympic pool and it was huge! First you have to remove your shoes and put them in a small basket, next you go into a changing stall and change into your bathing suit (speedo) then you go through the opposite side of the changing stall to get to the locker rooms. When you put your stuff in the locker you go to a shower room and shower then you put your swim cap on and go to a hallway and when you walk through the hallway showers turn on and wash you again. Finally you get to the olympic pool but, if you go up one floor you get to a place where you can go on a large waterslide or relax in a not so very hot tub. If you go up two floors you get to a workout gym with treadmills and weights. If you go down one floor you get to a basketball court. When you are done you have to go back through the whole process and then you can leave. We live only a 15 minute walk away from the pool and it is right beside a huge library!
    Talk to you all soon,
    Cheers Malcolm
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  • Day44

    Montpellier aquarium

    October 11, 2018 in France ⋅ ☁️ 20 °C

    Have you ever been to an aquarium? Have you ever seen who’s hiding under the water? Well I have. Because today we biked to the Montpellier aquarium and it was AWESOME! We did a project in school about the aquarium and we each chose two different animals to learn about and find in the aquarium.we found Chloe’s arawana and arapaima my cape penguin and the tail of my pyjama shark and Malcolm’s zebra shark but his other one the nautilus wasn’t there anymore. We saw lots of cool and colourful fish. we also saw jellyfish and sea horses but my favourite part was the cape penguins.If you were there you could probably tell it was my favourite part because I stood there and watched them for a loooooooong time.
    - Dale
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  • Day73

    L'art partagé et l'art singulier

    November 9, 2018 in France ⋅ 🌧 14 °C

    Dale and Lara finally got to a gallery walk on their last rainy Friday in Montpellier. We saw Yann Dumoget and his “peinture partagée” - Dale loved how you could recognize different places in his artwork (like the sea, a volcano, the desert), and then see how members of the public graffitied them. Then we went to the Musée d’art brut et d’art singulier (raw and outsider art) - it was filled with wondrous and creative paintings and sculpture - many of the artists were institutionalized with mental health issues, and were not initially recognized as artists for this reason. Dale noticed lots of cats, Lara loved the powerful colours and (sometimes playful, sometimes disquieting) creativity. We are posting a few photos here to “educate” (sorry, copyright reference...). Thank you in advance to the artists!Read more

  • Day33

    "Welcome to France..."

    September 30, 2018 in France ⋅ ☁️ 22 °C

    I heard this (spoken sympathetically) three times last week, from locals... here’s why - Our first travel SIM card finally ran out. We had picked it up in the Reykjavík airport, so this time, Geoff figured the train station would be a place to start... this was followed by many subsequent visits to the provider “Bouygues” where we were told “this is not our product” (despite the company name on the card). After having to activate (by phone), then register our identity (by phone), then switch providers, find a new card, show our passport and register our identity, then dial more phone numbers in a confusion sequence... we finally, several days lasted, have a French phone number and data plan... in contrast, check out what we had to do with Vodaphone in Iceland!Read more

  • Day46

    Montpellier Handball

    October 13, 2018 in France ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    What a night. Me and Geoff went to a European handball game between the French league champions and the Hungarian national champs. European Handball is a mixture of ultimate, basketball and soccer. The point of the game is to score the most points in one hour by throwing the ball into the opponents net.
    See more rules in this video link.
    https://youtu.be/L0Y8qFFVPXw

    The two teams exchanged the lead multiple times and the final score was...(see pictures).

    After the game finished my bike got a flat tire so we walked to the tram station to find out that the ticket machine wouldn’t take Geoff’s credit cards and he had no cash. We only had six minutes until the next tram came so we went to a close-by bank and discovered that it had just closed for the night. We still had no tickets so we missed the tram. We were about to start walking a 1 hour 30 walk back to the apartment when Geoff had a brilliant idea. We crossed the street to the other ticket machine and luckily it worked! Sadly we had another 15 minute wait till the next tram came. We heaved our bikes onto the tram and rode the tram back to the apartment.
    Cheers Malcolm 😜
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  • Day25

    Dia 25 Chambery a Montpellier 380 km

    June 29, 2019 in France ⋅ ☀️ 33 °C

    Y 10 km por la ciudad de Nimes. Salí para Nimes cerca de las 8 de la mañana. La idea era llegar cerca de las 12 del mediodía y recorrer la ciudad hasta las 5 de la tarde y luego manejar hasta Montpellier, donde estoy ahora. La ruta fue buena, un poco caro los peajes (30 euros más o menos). Pare a descansar un rato a las 2,5 horas y por fin llegue . Mi amigo Alejandro me había recomendado ir. Nimes fue una ciudad Romana importante, tiene entre otras cosas un coliseo en muy buen estado.
    Aparqué cerca del coliseo y lo fui a visitar. Era con audio guía y muy interesante. Contaban mucho de los gladiadores, los distintos tipos y como luchaban. Ahora hacen conciertos en su arena. Este coliseo se hizo unos 50 años después del de Roma. De ahí me fui a la mansión Carre, que es una estructura Romana parecida al Partenón pero en chiquito, Allí se proyectaba en media hora la historia de la ciudad. Resulta que los romanos venían avanzando, y los galos del sur, en vez de combatirlos, decidieron aliarse para luchar contra los galos del norte. El jefe Galo luchó 25 años para los romanos y en recompensa el emperador augusto lo autorizó y le dio el dinero para construir la ciudad de Nimes.
    Historia parecida a la de los teutones en Teuteburg (ver en este diario) pero con distinto final.
    Comí un crepé con ice tea y me fui a la Tour Magne que es una torre de unos 10 pisos de altura que queda en la cima de una colina. Se accede a través de unos jardines muy bonitos pero el trayecto y la subida con 36 grados no es moco de pavo. Me di el gusto y lo hice, y la verdad que el paisaje desde la torre es muy bonito y el desafío también. Luego me cruce la ciudad para ver los restos de la puerta de entrada y la vía Romana. En el camino tomé 1 litro y medio de agua. Por fin llegue al coche y me vine para Montpellier. La dueña, una señora de cerca de 70 lo primero que me dijo fue cenas con nosotros, así que preparo arroz con huevo, arvejas y jamón y comí con ella y una estudiante china que también vive acá. Todo con la compañía de Grisu, una gata de 17 años. Fue un día intenso. Mañana dejaré este Airbnb sobre las 8 y pondré rumbo a Barcelona.
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  • Day330

    Montpellier patrimonie

    September 22, 2019 in France ⋅ 🌧 19 °C

    The fat Dominican priest, Herve Ponsot, (doctor of theologies and ex-director of the School of biblical studies and archaeology in Jerusalem,) led us in his sandles around the 1643 convent. Sacked during the revolution, their chapel has been renewed with paintings and Windows by Henri Dechanet / Henri Guerin. (No, I hadn't heard of them either.)

    From its foundation in 985, the Seigneurs des Guilhems allowed anybody to teach medicine: meaning especially that Jews and Arabs were permitted to work. In 1220 the popes legate Cardinal Conrad obtained from Honorious III the blessing of his statutes for a school of medicine, which became a university in 1289 under Nicola's IV. Many of the teachers came from Salerno, the oldest school, and when it closed in 1811, Montpellier proudly took over as the longest existing one. Today they opened the anatomical museum, (no photos, lots of wax casts of gross body deformities,) and the ancient classroom for dissecting corpses.
    The so called Arc de Triomphe (a finger raised to Parisians I suspect,) was built in 1692 as a gateway into the city. I would have climbed to the top lookout but it was pouring with rain so the guides closed it.
    The drawing room, recreated in the museum Fabre, contained these unusual lamps. Never seen a vase urging its keep in this way. (OK, that's very light humour.)
    The funny tower housing the old astronomy was similarly closed.
    The only unusual part of the Cathedrale Saint Pierre (1364) that I could find are the 2 enormous pillars holding a completely useless portico over the front door.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Montpellier, Montpeller, مونبيلييه, Горад Манпелье, Монпелие, Монпелье, Μονπελιέ, مون‌پلیه, Montpelyiér, 蒙彼利埃, מונפלייה, モンペリエ, მონპელიე, 몽펠리에, Monspessulanus, Monpeljė, Monpeljē, माँतपेलिए, Montpelhièr, مونٹپلائیر, Монпеље, มงแปลีเย, Монпельє

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