France Revisited 2014 travel blog

Millau Bridge

Bicycles hanging from the walls in Montpellier - this was new to...

our "Chambre d'Hote" (B&B) outside Montpellier

Left St Christophe early this morning to make Montpellier in time for Margaret and Kerwin to catch their train to Barcelona.

Went over the Millau bridge - the tallest bridge in the world with one mast's summit at 343.0 metres (1,125 ft) above the base of the structure. It is the 12th highest bridge deck in the world, being 270 metres (890 ft) between the road deck and the ground below. It opened just 10 years ago.

Lunched in Montpellier - fun to see our old city again. I was here 2 years in a row in 2006 and 2007, first to check out the language school, and 2nd to bring my first group of students to France. Still a great city.

This evening Bob and I have been invited over to our acquaintance from the last trip, Carole, an English teacher, to their home for an "apero". Of course, "apero" turns into dinner and once again we're eating the full meal deal - apero, wine, blanquette de veau (veal stew), fromage, wine, pear dessert (can't remember the name), champagne, etc etc. Another couple joined us - another English teacher I had met those several years ago, and her husband also, so it was great fun to reconnect and chat.

Thanks to "Bertha", we made it home in record time to our funky, outdated, Mas l'Ermitage Chambre d'Hote. The owner was actually born here, her grandfather having bought the place many years ago, obviously. It definitely could use an update, but was charming in a way nonetheless. They prefer to vacation in Brazil as soon as the holidays are over.

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