After Barcelona we had planned to stay a couple of nights somewhere halfway, or so, on the way to Paris.
There were many options--Lyon, Limoges, Clermont-Ferrand, Grenoble--our guide book didn't provide any
particular reason to choose one over the others, and we made no hotel reservations. As it turned out,
however, we ended up taking a regional (slower) train out of Barcelona and Shannon suggested stopping
in Montpellier, the capital of the Languedoc-Roussillon regions and a university town. As it turned out,
it was an excellent choice.
The Place de la Comédie, on the edge of the historic center of town. The city walls are almost
all gone, leaving only a few towers standing. We entered using the narrow street to the left of
the Gaumont building and meandered in no particulat direction, crossing our own path repeatedly.
The Cathedral of Sainte Anne, which was closed for renovations.
The odd façade of the main entrance to the Cathedral of Saint Pierre, which dates back to
the 14th century. To the left is the faculté de médecine, part of the University of Montpellier.
The nave and altar of the Cathedral of Saint Pierre.
Lunch outside at a very nice little smoothie-and-wrap cafe, in the Place de la Chapelle Neuve.
Rue Voltaire, decorated by someone with a surreaist's sense of humor, or a dislike of bicycles.
Back to the Place de la Comédie, with Anne standing near the double-decker carousel.
We did not ride...
The pictures of this trip are divided into several sets: