#23: Montpellier And Paris

Place de la Comedie, Montpellier, France.
Place de la Comedie, Montpellier, France. Photo: J. Chung

In October, 2014 I visited Montpellier for a week to attend the Accent Francais language school. I can’t believe I had never been to Montpellier, however, after doing a lot of research on the best places to study French, I decided to try out this town. I rented an apartment not far from the school so there was no need for a car. This was my “test”—-to see if I might like to live in Montpellier for a month. Following this week I travelled to Paris and stayed 8 nights. I also signed up for French lessons at Alliance Francaise. Although it was my 23rd time I still discovered new things and experiences. Some of the highlights were:

Montpellier, France.
Montpellier, France. Photo: J. Chung

Exploring the pedestrian area of Montpellier. It’s quite a large area and has wonderful shops

Sete, France.
Sete, France. Photo: J. Chung

Quick train trip to Sete, which is on the Mediterranean

LeFoodist, Paris, France.
LeFoodist, Paris, France.

In Paris: LeFoodist- going to the Maubert-Mutualite market to buy our ingredients before spending two hours preparing our lunch. It was followed by a leisurely 2 ½ hour lunch. The stories told by Fred made the entire experience thoroughly enjoyable.

Galeries Lafayette Gourmet, Paris, France.
Galeries Lafayette Gourmet, Paris, France. Photo: J. Chung

Trying out the BEST pastries and breads in Paris—from L’Éclair des Genies, Pierre Herme, Poilane, Eric Kayser, Bread and Roses, and Dalloyau

20 km de Paris, Paris, France.
20 km de Paris, Paris, France. Photo: J. Chung

20 km de Paris race that began and ended at the Eiffel Tower

Cafe Constant, Paris, France.
Cafe Constant, Paris, France. Photo: J. Chung

Lunch at Café Constant

L'Orangerie Museum, Paris, France.
L’Orangerie Museum, Paris, France. Photo: J. Chung
Monet's Water Lillies, Musee L'Orangerie, Paris, France.
Monet’s Water Lillies, Musee L’Orangerie, Paris, France. Photo: J. Chung

Finally getting to see the Monet paintings at Musee L’Orangerie. I can’t believe I had never been.

For more details, check out my blog posts which ran from October 3-19, 2014

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