Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Olympics & More: Montpellier, France

Our final stop in France was Montepellier. We didn't have as much time in the City as we had hoped, the major traffic jam the day prior really put a damper on our itinerary.  One of our guidebooks called Montpellier the Oxford of Europe (I guess you have to forget that the UK is in Europe for this to ring true, but I get what they were intending).

Montpellier is the capital of the Languedoc-Roussillon Region in Southern France and is home to a quarter of a million people.  This third largest City on the French Mediterranean Coast (behind Marseille and Nice) and the eighth largest City in France is also home to the University of Montpellier. The University was founded in 1160 and is one of the oldest on Earth.

Some amazing Roman Ruins still exist in the City like the aqueduct below.



The Porte du Peyrou, an Arc du Triomph was built in built in the 17th Century and was designed to celebrate the reign of Louis XIV.



Louis XIV
Louis XIV






While we didn't get to spend too much time exploring the City, we did really enjoy the limited time we had.  I could see us going back to visit if we were in Southern France again. The City is very walkable and has a tram system that got us everywhere we needed to go.  You have to love a small European City with a large student population -- great cheap food, great transport and just a great vibe.

Have you been to Montpellier? What is your favorite City in Southern France?

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