Posts tagged: Montpellier

Me And Frenchie Housesits In City Of Montpellier

By , August 22, 2011 3:00 am
Nightfall From The Corum Montpellier

Nightfall From The Corum

When our friend, Leyla, asked us to housesit for her in Montpellier, you know Boris and I happily obliged. Our task for one week was to keep her plants alive. We’re moving to the city!

Montpellier is a one of the fastest growing cities in France and a pretty awesome city to live in. It has a great vibe with all the university students and also a very diverse mix. I read somewhere that there are more international students in Montpellier than in Paris so why be up north.

Our pad for the week is on the top floor with high ceilings extending into the roof. It’s been recently remodeled and they did a great job with the steel spiral staircase leading into the loft. The exposed wooden beams and white walls makes this place feel very comfortable, but as always, my favorite features of a French home are the wooden window shutters. As I stand out on the balcony, I’m staring down into an empty private garden and no one can see me (you can only assume what I’m wearing).

HDR Sunset Montpellier

HDR Sunset

Apartment We Housesit

View Of The Apartment From The 2d Floor

We couldn’t be in a better location, as we are right next to all the shopping, restaurants, and public transportation. In the morning, we put on our ‘I look like I just woke up, but still looking very sexy’ outfits and in two minutes, we are walking through the Place de la Comédie (center plaza). It is mostly tourists snapping away with their cameras or folks trying to get to work (I have forgotten how that feels like). The smell coming from a nearby bakery is too strong for us to resist so we give into their chocolate croissants and pick up some Colombian coffee beans for the house.

Boris even meets his dear friend, Gaëlle, at the free city zoo!

Baby Zebra zoo lunaret Montpellier

Baby Zebra

Caiman zoo Montpellier Lunaret

Caiman

Red Ibis zoo Montpellier Lunaret

Red Ibis

At night, everyone is out walking in the park or having dinner outside. In the central plaza, there are crowds circling the break-dancers and the city is pumping with music.

Night Life On The Place De La Comédie Montpellier

Night Life On The Place De La Comédie

For the entire week, we just enjoy the sounds of the city again. We had no expectations and no things-to-do list. This was a great way for us to explore and get to know Montpellier. Thank you Leyla. And she will be happy to know her plants are still alive!

Stationnement Interdit

Stationnement Interdit

Female White-Faced Saki zoo Lunaret Montpellier

Female White-Faced Saki

Place De La Comédie @ Night Montpellier

Place De La Comédie @ Night

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My First Soccer Match in France

By , July 20, 2011 2:09 am
Montpellier vs Marseille

Montpellier vs Marseille

Have you ever tried talking to someone who was glued to the television screen? Let me guess, that person was probably watching a sports game. In France, it’s most likely a soccer match. The pride and loyalty for soccer teams go a long way in France. So why not join in the fun in my first soccer match in France: Montpellier vs Marseille.

At My First Soccer Match

At My First Soccer Match

Actually, this is my first live soccer match ever. We wanted to see a soccer match while in Argentina, South America, but it just didn’t happen. I’m told to wear a neutral color shirt so I don’t state any allegiance to any team, therefore, avoiding any trouble outside the stadium. But we are secretly rooting for Montpellier, the underdog.

At security, I’m stopped because I have a book in my bag. Good to know, no books allowed. I am finally inside the La Mosson stadium, but I miss out on the opening song. For Montpellier, their opening song is Something Happened On The Way To Heaven by Phil Collins. In the beginning of each match, they play this song while introducing the players.

Montpellier La Mosson Stadium In Mini Mode

Montpellier La Mosson Stadium In Mini Mode

Almost Like Star Trek Uniform

Almost Like Star Trek Uniform

From our nosebleed seats, there is already lots of cheering going on. Half of the stadium is in dark blue & orange for Montpellier and white & light blue for Marseille. From our pictures, you couldn’t tell we were that high up, but that is because we brought zoom with us, but shhh (not allowed in the La Mosson stadium). As the action continues, the louder and more serious the chanting becomes. Each side of the stadium takes a turn to do their group chant and it really helps with the energy throughout the game.

FIGHT!

FIGHT!

BOOOO ...

BOOOO ...

Seconds Of Silence

Seconds Of Silence

Wow! With zoom, I realize a lot of the chanters are topless.

Topless Fans

Topless Fans

This was a tame game overall, but it was still fun with all the singing. I was happy that no fights broke out inside or outside the La Mosson stadium. It’s unfortunate Montpellier lost.

Valbuena #28 (Marseille Team)

Valbuena #28 (Marseille Team)

Montpellier Scores

Montpellier Scores

Final Victory For Marseille

Final Victory For Marseille

La Mosson Stadium in Montpellier

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Boris’ Hometown Of Lodève And More Southern France

By , October 4, 2010 5:00 am
Me & Frenchie At The Pont du Gard

Me & Frenchie At The Pont du Gard

For many, Paris is all they know of France. While Paris has its beautiful parts, I find the south of France to be absolutely charming and an unforgettable visit, time and time again. With many small villages and towns all having their own identity, there is so much to discover. Beyond sight, there are many wonderful smells such as lavender, thyme, rosemary, pastries, summer bbq, and more. But what I like the best is the style and seriousness of home cooking. Each meal, be it breakfast, lunch, or dinner, is always complete and more mouth-watering than the last.

Mouth-Watering Couscous By Boris' Mom

Mouth-Watering Couscous By Boris' Mom

Gigot d'agneau (Lamb)

Gigot d'agneau (Lamb)

Yummy Dessert By Donatta

Yummy Dessert By Donatta

The first time I saw Boris’ birthplace of Lodeve, we argued back and forth on how I thought it was a village and he said it was a town with a growing population of 7000 people. I was amazed how such an open-minded smart guy can be from this small little place but little did I know about French small town living at the time. From Boris’ mother’s home, it was a short walk to the center of town. If we were looking to buy something, it was important to be there at the right time as shops are opened from 10am-12noon and 3-7pm. The supermarket was the place to be to bump into someone from the past, including friends he grew up with and school teachers. Everyone I met was super sweet and kisses are always mandatory.

It's All About Family Time In Lodève

It's All About Family Time In Lodève

Lake Salagou Near Lodève

Lake Salagou Near Lodève

Around Lodeve, there were so many small villages to explore. After visiting a few medieval villages, it may seem to be all the same from the surface. However, to appreciate each village, you should know what it is known for. It ranges from food, plants, to works of local artisans. Upon my first visit, I gained a semi addiction to pottery since they were all so beautiful.

While Boris shares with me random facts and latest technology, he can also make amazing mayonnaise from scratch. I thank his southern French upbringing for his loving side and if you ever hear me call him “farm boy”, I do this in appreciation.

Cirque de Navacelles

Cirque de Navacelles

Saint Guilhem le Désert

Saint Guilhem le Désert

La Couvertoirade

La Couvertoirade

Mont Aigoual

Mont Aigoual

Montpellier

Montpellier

Pézenas

Pézenas

Millau

Millau

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Break In France This Summer

By , May 12, 2010 6:00 am

Some of you may already know but I wanted to remind you all that we will be visiting France this summer for 6 to 7 weeks. This will give us time to see the family, catch up with friends, and rest a little before continuing on with our trip.

As for the dates, we will be in Paris from June 29th to July 2nd, and then Montpellier afterwards.

We are hoping to see as many of you as we can so please don’t hesitate to leave a comment on our website or drop us an email.

See you soon around the cheese plate!

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