Kyriad Nimes Centre
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Getting closer to the Cote d'Azur in Montpellier, although this city is not built right on the French Riviera, it is close enough to be able to travel to a beach for an afternoon and get your Fall tan on.
We quite liked this city….however had an interesting experience with our "hostel." To keep it short, I’m glad I was not by myself, as this guy checking us in totally creeped me out, and everyone else for that matter. He wanted the payment in ...
... to find the walls of the old city. We will follow the road signs.
Slowly we nose our way out on to the road from the railway station into the fast flowing Avignon traffic and it is all moving very, very fast , beeping and flashing lights at us crawling along while Lucas becomes familiar with right hand driving and the gear stick is still in the middle but on the opposite side to what he is used to. He repeatedly moves the gear stick in and out ...
... wearing it down, with the spears still hanging from the bull’s skin and blood staining the sand. Then when the bull did not go down with the final blow (there is a specific spot they must get in order to puncture the lungs before it collapses), and they had to repeatedly try for the kill, you could see the angst on their face was as deep as the disgust on some of the audience’s faces. The toreros do not like the bull to suffer (well, to suffer as least ...
... They have 200,000 people watch it every stage so we anticipated traffic chaos! But it was well organised with keen folk setting up camp 6 hours early to see the final sprint. Lunch was lovely, the girls swam in the pool which they loved, then we sat down for a stonking 5 course meal. Milly and Mads were astonished. Tart and salad, turkey and rice and ragu, cheese, fruit salad and fruit tart followed by coffee ...
... 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.