A Day in Montpellier

Leave a comment Standard

Last Saturday we took a day trip to Montpellier, which is an hour and a half away on the train from Perpignan.

10801860_10154783128400447_3597189263174686015_n

Me in front of the Porte du Peyreu

Porte du Peyrou: beautiful monument and very impressive. Just a little further along are the city gardens and the Aquadukt Saint-Clement. It’s such a great area to walk around. The funniest thing was that due to the nice weather, there were people sunbathing on the grass in November – I cannot get my head around that.

10615352_10154783130595447_175835063585233357_n

Cathedrale St-Pierre

The Cathedrale St-Pierre is so impressive, although the interior was a bit of a disappointment as it was closed-off ue to falling stones from the roof (oh dear!). It is right next door to the Medical School for the university. It is such a cool location, I would love to study somewhere like that!  We tried to get in, but the security guard wouldn’t let us enter. There were some other tourists behind us and they somehow managed to get a sneek-peek inside – I wonder how they managed that…

11371_10154783129640447_8133223107782212308_n

Aquadukt Saint Clement

I was surprised by just how compact the city was and just how easy it was to walk to everywhere we wanted to go. Although it is November, we were so lucky with the weather. It was a beautiful sunny day and quite warm – it looked like it was just the beginning of autumn with the turning colour of the trees:

Autumn colours at the Antigone

Autumn colours at the Antigone

250207_10154783130245447_1514198655189510274_n

10441053_10154783129975447_411135630185410438_n

1507917_10154783130460447_9115563341401502813_n

1377570_804549936250743_2394269104598233621_n

Les filles, Porte du Peyrou

Montpellier is a beautiful city. It’s a great place to walk around and there are plenty of cultural things to do. We were only there for the afternoon, so we just walked around, did some shopping and had a great lunch in a small square crammed with lots of different restaurants:

Yum

C’était trop bon!

Today the universitya fait le pont.’  When I heard this expression for the first time last week, I was very confused – it literally means ‘to make the bridge.’ However, in context, it means ‘to have an extended weekend,’ and many classes were cancelled (although mine still went ahead). This was due to the fact that tomorrow (Tuesday 11th Nov) is a jour ferié (National Holiday),  Rememberance Day (yes, this is a National Holiday in France and so there are no classes at schools/universities and many businesses and shops are closed). When a National Holiday lands on a Tuesday in France, people can choose to ‘faire le pont’ so that they can have a 4-day weekend – well, more like a 5-day weekend because the university purposely avoids having any classes on Fridays… smooth France, smooth…

As I have no classes tomorrow, I get to catch up on work by doing a speaking presentation and a Spanish translation.

Exams are in December but we have been told that it is unlikely we will be told the confirmed dates for our exams until 2 weeks before (i.e. we will find out the first week of December – talk about late notice!). Exams are so casual here; we can choose whether we do them in December or January, it is such a different atmosphere to that of Sheffield. I have chosen to do all of mine in December, so I can officially finish my semester here before Christmas. Lucky me, a revision-free Christmas break!

Four days until I go to Barcelona again!

Bonne semaine 🙂

Untitled

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s