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Montpellier, France: 10 weeks

A July 2005 trip to France by Monique Witsel

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Quote: The city life is colorful, warm, sublime, active with a relaxing tempo, and captured with a true learning experience.

Montpellier, France: 10 weeks

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Overview

Traveling Dog Photo,
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The best summer ever!Back in June 2005 I headed out for my 10 week stay in Montpellier. While everyone else back home was suffering through a mild summer, I was able enjoy the daily temp of 32°C. My main reason for going there was to learn French. After spending 5 days a week, 4 ½ hours learning behind a desk, I was able to spend the rest of my day out and about to enjoy the sights, sounds, and activities of this magnificent city. The city is quaint and compact, filled with architectural pleasures for the eyes and soul. The city center, "place de la Comédie"(L'Oeuf), deriving its name from the first theatre built in the 18th century on the site where the Opera is now standing, is practically enti...Read More

La Place Restaurant

Hotel | "La Place Bar and Restaurant"

La Place Restaurant Photo, Montpellier, France
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Tucked away in the city centre away from the hustle and bustle, you will find "La Place". Enjoy sitting outside on a warm summer’s eve, with elegant surroundings, the trickling of the fountain nearby, tiki torches burning in to the night, the pleasing jazz tones playing in the background to sooth ones ears and soul, and the light show dancing off the neighboring walls, along with the subtly spiced aroma catching ones senses, hosts a special evening for relaxation pur. During my stay, I made sure to take all of my visiting friends here and even though the seating is quite close together, it does not disturb and we were able to make some new friends through this as well. Our "Repas" choices ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 12, 2006

La Place Restaurant
2 Place Saint-ravy
Montpellier, France 34000
04 67 66 22 86

Comptoir de l'Arc

Restaurant

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For the evenings or lovely day break, this is the place to be for a romantic flare. It is recommended to make a reservation in the evenings since it is quite popular. Located near the l'arc de Triomphe and La Cathédrale, away from all the traffic sound, this is the perfect place to relax and just enjoy fantastic cocktails (including non- alcoholic) or splurge into one of their divine menus. The umbrellas decorated with soft lights, overhanging each table, and the view of the small park off to the side add to the romantic atmosphere.If you choose to sit indoors the restaurant/bar is built on 2 stages, decor is post modern, black leather seats and deep red colour wall...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 12, 2006

Comptoir de l'Arc
Place de la Canourgue
Montpellier, France 34000
04.67.60.30.79

Tripti Kulai

Restaurant

Tripti Kulai Photo, Montpellier, France
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This charming and original "Hindus" restaurant, tucked away on an unassumming corner, just steps away from the city center, uses the freshest of seasonal ingredients for their innovative dishes, subduing the clientele with its delicious aromas. The restaurant is also well known for its freshly pressed juices of various combinations. A perfect starter before the actual meal.The dinning area is light and airy, with the colors of the Mandala, orange and yellows dominating the room. Dotted with interesting pictures of the "Lotus" flower (in Hindu worship known as "puja"), making the Ambiance both smart and relaxed.The "Lotus" is the foremost symbol of beauty, prosperity...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 12, 2006

Tripti Kulai
20, rue Jacques Coeur
Montpellier, France 34000
+33 (467) 66 30 51

Art Mango Café Bistro Photo, Montpellier, France
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This newly opened Café and Bistro is located inside the charmingly secluded area of the dated 1800 Square de la Babote. This is not just your ordinary Café. A stop over worth! Let owner Christian, and his friendly staff, greet you with a kind smile and offer you a variety of superb menus, homemade desserts, and much more in this deliciously decorated, small, but big with Ambiance Café/Bistro.In which other Café can you walk out at the end of your visit with one of the pieces decorating the walls or the table and chair set you were dining at?Everything inside of "Art Mango" is the second part of "Art Mango Boutique" (located in St Guilhem).More Informatio...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 12, 2006

Art Mango Café Bistro
40, Square de la Babote
Montpellier, France 34000
33 (0) 4-67-66-27-74

Natural Restaurant (Natur'l)

Restaurant | "Natural Restaurant"

Natural Restaurant (Natur'l) Photo, Montpellier, France
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The name pretty much says it all, "Natural". Bar à soupes, Tartares, Salades repas, and Plats chauds.

Once again a small, but quaint restaurant, hidden in a side street not far from Place St Ravy, on the "rue de la Vieille".
I highly recommend making a reservation prior to your visit since it is one of the hot spots, open only in the evenings.

In this small, yet tastefully decorated HOT SPOT, the warm pastel colours of the Mediterranean, accompanied with some local artwork covering the walls, give it that extra touch. Something not to pass up!

Again, don't forget to make a reservation. It is next to impossible to get a table without one.

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 12, 2006

Natural Restaurant (Natur'l)
6, Rue De La Vieille
Montpellier, France 34000
06 64 77 39 44

Le Pré Vert

Restaurant

Le Pré Vert Photo, Montpellier, France
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Yellow, blue, red, green, pink: all the colours one can find on the pallet of a child's painting spread out harmoniously in Le Pré Vert, creating a place of poetry and charm. As the first rays of the sun break through the day, at the foot of the Sainte-Anne church, a shaded terrace protected by an arbour tree shelters the customers, keeping the sights and sounds of the pedestrian district at distance, ideal for a hardy breakfast or brunch. A delicious cup of coffee or tea made with freshly picked herbs accompanies an original plate of delicious delicacies. Le Pré Vert is also known for its monthly exhibitions of local young artists' works. All wrapped up with a great sense of h...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 12, 2006

Le Pré Vert
10 Rue Sainte-Anne
Montpellier, France 34000
04 67 02 72 81

Sushi Boat

Restaurant

Sushi Boat Photo, Montpellier, France
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For all lovers of sushi, this is the place to go in Montpellier.  Personally I have eaten in many Japanese restaurants (since I have a passion for the culinary culture of the Orient), and it is deliciously presented, not only in taste but also for the eye. There are two possibilities: either to eat at the table or, the more adventures possibility, seated directly at the sushi bar itself (which is in the shape of a boat, and the food itself is transported through the water on small boats). From there you may pick and choose as you desire as often as you desire. You are able to view the quick staff preparing the food in the middle as well. The choice is immense: salad, sushi, sash...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 12, 2006

Sushi Boat
12 Rue De Verdun
Montpellier, France 34000
09 65 20 89 15

Pain Quotidien (Le)

Restaurant | "Le Pain Quotidien"

Pain Quotidien (Le) Photo, France, Europe
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For a relaxing brunch or lunch, this is the place to go. Located on one of the main streets of Montpellier, rue de la loge, not far from the city center. Le Pain is a chain, operating all over Europe, so you are sure to find one in every country. All their products are homemade, from the breads and deserts, to their jams and spreads. Not to be missed.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 29, 2006

Pain Quotidien (Le)
4 place Jean Jaures
Montpellier, France 34000
+33 (467) 60 24 35

Martin's Club

Restaurant

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Interested in a Tapa break with Asian vibes, this is the place to land. Martin's Club is a "Bar Lounge," which means exactly that. To lounge around with friends drinking specialty cocktails such as mojitos, planteur, pina coladas, and tequila sunrise... If you would like to get a personal look you can visit their homepage under: http://martinsclub.free.fr/, where you can find useful information for new events and check out their small menus, drinks and daily happenings.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 30, 2006

Martin's Club
8 rue de la Monnaie
Montpellier, France 34000
+33 (467) 55 04 87

Arc de Triomphe

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Attraction

Arc de Triomphe Photo, Montpellier, France
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In 1692 Charles-Augustin Daviler, architect of the Province of Languedoc set up drawings for the "door" Arch, carried out by Dorbay.This "door" constitutes the obliged entry of Peyrou, "places royal" dedicated to the glory of Louis XIV benefactor of the city. It is copied partly from that from Saint-Denis in Paris.On each face, of rather heavy medallions of execution, the projecting episodes of the reign of Louis XIV by the Victoire are represented. Above the medallions, four groups of trophies of weapons are embedded. (See photo 1.)The careers of the garrigues of the surroundings of Montpellier and in particular those of Pignan, Midsummer's Day de Védas, Pondres, Saint-Géniès ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 29, 2006

Arc de Triomphe
Place Charles-de-gaulle
Paris, France 75008
+33 (1) 55 37 73 77

Getting my tattoo

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Monkey Dreaming Studio Photo,
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For years I had been contemplating the idea of having a tattoo done. This is a decision that should require a lot of thought, because once you have it done, it will escort you for the rest of your life.I had made the final decision up on my arrival in Montpellier. I researched several studios in and around the area, and to my satisfaction, found the suitable one for my requirements:"Monkey Dreaming Studio"15 Rue des Trésoriers de la Bourse tel. 04 67 66 87 55 Internet Site: www.mdstattoopiercing.com.They allowed me to do a thorough inspection of their facilities, which secured me in knowing it was a clean area with qualified artists. I bro...Read More

Graffiti, a colorful point of view

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Graffiti Photo, France, Europe
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The word "Graffiti" simply means, words or drawings scratched or scribbled on a wall. The word comes from the Greek term "graphein" (to write) and the word "Graffiti" itself is from the Italian word "Graffito". Art in the form of graffiti, by style, is considered only so, if it appears on public or private property without permission, and was originated in the 1960s. Some say it represents man's desire and need for communication, dating back in history as one of the first forms of communicating.Working together with local Store owners, some "Artists" in Montpellier, have found "legal" wall space to display their talent. After having had the opportunity to speak with some of the...Read More
Or just sweet Photo, France, Europe
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One of my big questions during my 10 week stay was, where do I get my hair cut now? Which, after a bit of a look around, I found the perfect styling place:

"Atelier Hair Styl, Clara & Hervé"
5, rue Montgolfier
(located on a side street when walking towards the Arc de Triumph).

Of course one is always a bit nervous when going to someone new, but look at it as an adventure. I even went back several times, under the precision hands of "Rémy". Students receive a "Big" discount, which also was a big plus point for me. I ended up paying for each visit only €19, washing and cutting.

What about Montpellier?? (SUMMARY)

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Retro Night Photo, Montpelier, Vermont
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A QUICK HISTORY LESSON:=======================Montpellier’s history begins in the 10th century, otherwise referred to as the "Walled City" due to its 25 towers that once circled the city.Back in 985, Montpellier was first mentioned by famous writers and poets, subdued by the Count of Maguelone and Guilhem. With its excellent location, it quickly became a popular route for pilgrims travelling to Compastela and in turn quickly turned in to an important commercial and harbour place, making their citizens wealthy with the exchange of Spices and Paints.During the rein of the King of Aragons (from 1204 to 1349), Montpellier fell in to the hands of the French....Read More