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- MontpellierSep 01, 2012
I studied during two years in Montpellier and I had the best time of my life! A friend of mine juste published a travel guide about Montpellier, if you want to read more about the city! http://www.escargotholiday.com/france/destinations/Montpellier.html
- MontpellierJul 05, 2012
For a city to have such a perfect blend of history and popular culture you'd think they'd have to work pretty hard at it...and Montpellier does. Dating from the times of the Roman's and before this Mediterranean flavored city has become France's fastest growing and youngest with well over 50,000 university students attending the three University of Montpellier campuses, themselves dating from the 10th century.
The city center is vibrant and spacious and is often the venue in which festivals and street entertainments occur. You need not pay a centime for a show in Montpellier but have a few dollars available to while away a few hours watching other people watch other people in a cafe near Place de la Comedie in the heart of the old city.
Travel to Montpellier is fairly easy with an international airport and a modern railway station (getting more modern by the minute as it was all torn up with construction the last time I was through). Flights arrive hourly from other european centers and trains as well from Paris in about 3.5 hours.
Once in the city get on the trams, brightly colored, ground level trains that swiftly and cheaply convey you just about anywhere you may want to go. To understand how they work get on the Montpellier Agglomeration website and look for transportation.
You can find a wide variety of cuisine throughout the city almost all of which is good with several outstanding example of Mediterranean fare. The ubiquitous McDonalds has claimed pride of place in Place de la Comedie but don't let that put you off your dinner. You'll find something more than suitable in the restaurant district on the opposite side of the same square.
If driving in Montpellier be aware that it is not for the faint of heart. The only way to navigate is by following the "place" signs. For example, no matter what you do you will eventually run across signs for "Gare" (Train station). Follow them and you will end up at the "Gare". Same for the Autoroute or "centre ville" (town center) and many others. Chances are if you want to go there there will be signs pointing the way all the way there. For parking int he downtown follow the sign for "P" (for parking) and park underneath the Place de la Comedie. It's cheap and easy bringing you right up into the action above. The train station parking (which is not open at the moment) is very expensive for longer term parking.
Any other questions, feel free to ask me, and have a great visit to the heart of "the other south of France". Bon Voyage!