Since we’d reserved a rental car for four days, I felt a certain obligation to make the most use of it. Thursday morning, after lingering a little too long over breakfast, we got in the car to visit Uzès, an ancient walled village that dates back to pre-medieval times, about a 90-minute drive from Montpellier.
However, after all the driving I’d done Tuesday and Wednesday, I wasn’t on the autoroute for more than a few minutes when I started formulating for an escape plan. Right away I noticed an exit for Sommières, a village much closer to Montpellier that neither Kathryn nor I had ever visited. I’d seen many photos on Instagram, so at least a small amount of charm was assured. Upon arrival, we were not disappointed.
We spent about an hour and a half walking around this charming village of Sommières, then we enjoyed a relaxing — if not particularly tasty — lunch in its main plaza.
I told the navigation system to avoid toll roads taking us back to Montpellier from Sommières, thinking it would send us entirely on departmental routes. However, it still found us the free section of the autoroute and navigated us in that direction, which I didn’t realize until we were already making the turn. Fortunately we traveled only one exit on the autoroute before getting back on a departmental route again.