Montpellier 14 May to 24 June 2009

It was with very mixed feelings that I set off, once again, for Montpellier. On the one hand I really wanted to get my teeth into all the work at the house but on the other, I was delighted to be returning to a place I’ve come to love. I felt like a really old hand taking the train trip from St Pancras to Montpellier via Lille as I had last year. Sadly, I arrived to rain so caught the tram rather than walking all the way to the apartment. Continue reading


Montpellier with Julie 20 June 2009

Saturday was the day of the second rugby test between France and New Zealand. With no SKY at the apartment, we took ourselves to an Irish pub, Fitzpatrick’s, in the heart of the city at 9.30. We were the only English speaking people there but it was a great atmosphere and, on this occasion, New Zealand won narrowly.

With the rest of the day at our disposal, we took a bus out to the beach at Grand Travers, hired a couple of loungers and lazed in the sun with cool drinks and lovely music. Very decadent.

Narbonne Plage with Marc 12-15 June 2009

On Friday I deserted Amanda and John because I’d had an invitation to spend a long weekend based at Narbonne Plage with the very kind Frenchman I’d met the previous year and with whom I’d gone to the concert of tango music on my first day. He’d told me that he’d show me the area surrounding Narbonne Plage and it’d be a great opportunity to immerse myself into all things French. It was. Continue reading