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September 24, 2014: My 1st day in Montpellier
Montpellier, known as a student city, has many universities/colleges. Students come here from all over the world to study. The city is also famous for its medical university which is the oldest in the world. The famous Nostradamus studied there.
Today the three of us, Clara, Ali and me went for one day trip to Carcassonne. We left the house about 10:00 am in the morning.
This is the history behind Carcassonne: La Cité of Carcassonne was built on the site of a former Roman fortress. In this medieval site, Simon de Montfort fought epic battles against the heretics (called the Cathares), who were protected by Raymond Trencavel, ”Vicomte de Carcassonne”. After the destruction of the town surrounding “La Cité”, Saint Louis authorized the inhabitants to build the Bastide on the left side of the river “Aude”. A great part of it was set on fire by “le prince noir” in 1355. The Bastide Saint Louis became a city full of manufacturers of drapes. In the 19 century, cultural life was very rich and the city profited from wine growing which is appreciated worldwide today.
(1) Clara Bordji and me with Carcassonne in the background
(2) Entrance gate to Carcassonne
(3) Taken from the left side of the building
(4) You can see how huge the complex of Carcassonne is
(5) This is the alley before we went inside.The arrow pointed to the visitor’s center
(6) Inside the visitor’s center
To me, this old building was so amazing! It was really breath taking. I felt like I was living back in that era
(7) Inside the complex there are stores most of which sell souvenirs
(8) Different angles of the Carcassonne
(9) Clothing store outside the building complex
(10) All kinds of bangles, bracelets, in different colors
(11) I took a picture of this building with interesting ornaments
(12) Taken from different angles of Carcassonne looking out at neighborhood houses
(13) More houses
(14) Clara and I in action
(15) We were under one of the gate in Carcassonne
We spent about 2 or 3 hours in this place, finally we were hungry and we stopped to have lunch at one of the many restaurants. And this was what we had:
(16) Big portions of salad, fresh and yummy!
(17) Seafood Paella so delicious
(18) Big shrimps, rice and salad. Mouth watering isn’t it?
(19) The famous local “cassoulet” : beans, sausage, with duck or goose meat
(20) Ice cream and mousse
After we finished lunch we continued to walk around the complex. About 4:00pm, we took a break, it was snack time, or dessert time, you name it.
(21) The famous French’s crepe, it’s so thin and delicate
That was our one day trip to Carcassonne. I was so impressed……………
September 25th , 2014: my 2nd day in Montpellier
Today Clara and I explored downtown Montpellier by taking the tram. The tram station wasn’t so far from Clara place. I don’t remember how much it costs to take this city tram (1€40 – 1€10 if you by 10 tickets). We got off in a mall, with many stores, restaurants and an entertainment place. The 1st thing I saw in front of the mall is this big Merry go round.
(22) It reminded me of when I was a little girl and went to “pasar malam”, night market. I was always taking a ride on the Merry go round.
I recall that this place was pretty quiet on that day we were there.
We walked around and ended up having lunch at the Turkish restaurant, the owner was friend of Clara. We ordered many different things and they put the food in small plates. It’s similar to a Padang restaurant.
(23) As you can see here, chicken kebab, bread, toast of bread with tomato spread, bread with slices of some kind of meat, chicken tempura, fried shrimp, potato wedges, fried jalapeno pepper filled with cheese.
After we finished our lunch, I had a cappuccino. It tasted different then cappuccino I had had in Italy.
(24) I don’t know what Clara had, I think some kind of yogurt
(25) It was half gone already
We left the restaurant and took the tram back. We got off at the square to look around this place. The building is typical of European countries, old and full of history. It was amazing!
(27) The same building from a different angle
(28) This is the what the tram looked like; deep blue color with ocean birds painted on the roof.
(29) Taken from front of the tram
On the way back home, we stopped around town and did some more sightseeing.
(30) The town looked so quiet
(31) There’s a park in town
(32) Florist store
(33) The alley with church in the distance
(34 A) Arc de Triomphe it’s smaller than the one in Paris
(35) The building behind me looks like was in Rome
(36A) The famous medical faculty (the first created in the world)
To be continued…