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Holiday lights, fountain in the historic center of Montpellier, France

I took this photo of the fountain near the entrance of Esplanade Charles de Gaulle in Montpellier, France, on December 17, 2002. It has the distinction of being the oldest photo in my Google Photos collection — for now, at least.

The camera I used back then, a Minolta point-and-shoot, had low resolution by today’s standards — about 3 megapixels, I think. However, I’m pleasantly surprised when I look back at some of these old photos and see how much nicer they look than those taken with my phone. Then again, that camera cost more then than my phone does now.

Believe it or not, I still have that camera.

I don’t know the name of this fountain. Google Maps doesn’t give it a name. OpenStreetMap calls it Fontaine de l’esplanade Charles de Gaulle, but it calls a nearby fountain the same name. Maybe neither fountain has a name.

The historic center of Montpellier was done up in lights for the holidays. Since there is no Thanksgiving holiday in France, the Christmas decorations started coming out the day after All Saints’ Day, November 1, which is the last legal holiday before Christmas.

The photo may provide some foreshadowing of our near-future travel plans. I assure you, though, it says nothing about the season.