Hotel de France Montpellier
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Travel Blogs from Montpellier
A noisy night. The alarm went off seven times and of course there was nobody there to turn it off. The builder started work at 6 a.m. hammering in the room underneath us. Got a big apology and a discount off the bill, but for a chateaux in the woods it wasn't very peaceful. Got on to the motorway without too much …
... Des Papes, a huge palace built for the Archbishop in 1377. Looked over to the remains of a bridge that was built between 1177 and 1186. Originally having 22 arches, but today only four remain due to constant weather erosion.
Parked up in Sete along the beach arriving late just before sundown, walked along the beach before retiring to the lounge for a few whiskeys. ...
... it was the weekend and very soon after New Year's Day.
I missed out on seeing the Gardens and the Castle as I arrived late and they'd already done it.
From here we also did a half-day trip to Arles - see next entry.
There are other smaller villages around to do day trips to/from, such as Avignon.
Marseilles and Montpelier are also 2-3 hours away by train.
... for when we get home. We also have a daily French challenge to work out some phrases we might need to use. e.g. "puis-je s'il vous plaît avoir 6 timbres pour envoyer des cartes postales à la Nouvelle-Zélande" Work that one out. Tip: The translator app on the iPad has saved us, and it has audio! I just can't work how they know I'm not ...
... called Madame Fize.
I'm...just going to stop myself right there, or else I might accidentally segue this Madeleine parody into something more awesome, like The Iliad (which incidentally, if I were imitating that, would begin: SING ME A SONG, O INTERNET COMMENTATORS!)
So, I think it ill advised to tell you about the house I'm staying in ...