Driving around the south of France

I haven’t written much over the past three days because they’ve been something of a whirlwind. We rented a car for two days earlier this week, and we packed a lot of sights into a short rental period. The first day we drove to St. Guilhem le Desert to visit the medieval abbey and pilgrimage … Continue reading Driving around the south of France

Made in the USA

Kathryn has been having a lot of trouble finding clothes made in France. Most tags show China or India as the country of origin, with Spain and Italy occasionally representing Europe. Of course, we’ve had the same problem finding clothing made in the USA for decades now, so it’s perhaps not surprising that France has … Continue reading Made in the USA

To my fellow countrymen: Who lives in a police state?

We’re in Paris at the gate for our connecting flight to Montpellier. The security line was long here, but it went smoothly. The security agents were cool about the fact that I’d left my computer in my backpack. At home I probably would have been read my rights. Speaking of home, it was easy to … Continue reading To my fellow countrymen: Who lives in a police state?

Super Bowl alternative

Due to my upcoming travels plans, I most likely won’t see this year’s Super Bowl. If my flights are on time, I’ll spend most of the game inside an airplane, with my seatbelt securely fastened. Although the timing was accidental, I’m not considering it much of a loss. After last year’s boring blowout, I vowed I wouldn’t waste … Continue reading Super Bowl alternative

The slightly less famous Arc de Triomphe in Montpellier

While the most famous Arc de Triomphe in France is undoubtedly the one at in the Etoile in Paris, the one in Montpellier impresses its visitors nonetheless. It is located on Rue Foch in a posh shopping area of Montpellier, in the historic center of the city, just a short walk from Place de la Comédie and the train station.

Montpellier, France: Donating blood at the Place de la Comédie

I was walking across the Place de la Comédie, and I noticed a sign that there were blood collections going on. I hadn’t given blood since I was seventeen years old, and I hadn’t actually tried since September 11 last year, when I was turned away because of the crowds. I wasn’t in a particular hurry, so I figured I could kill an hour or so giving a pint.

Feedback from a correspondent about Odyssea in Montpellier

Many of you know I lived in Montpellier, France, for about a year. I loved being there, and I had a great experience studying there. From time to time, I’m asked to provide a reference to prospective students of the school where I studied, and I’m always happy to do so. Last summer, a young woman called me out of the blue, and we spent a half-hour or so on the phone talking about Montpellier.

Letter from Stuttgart

It’s early afternoon, Monday, October 4, and I’m starting this letter in the train station at Karlsruhe, Germany. I came here from Baden-Baden this morning, where I spent the weekend recovering from two weeks of getting up early for class, spending many afternoons at the beach, and staying up too late almost every night. In … Continue reading Letter from Stuttgart

Three Graces, Place de la Comédie, Montpellier

The iconic statue of the Three Graces is a prominent focal point on Place de la Comédie in Montpellier, France. It’s often used as a recognizable meeting place for tourists, students, and locals. Busy cafes, restaurants, and shops line each side of the square, including a Monoprix grocery store and a surprisingly subdued McDonald’s.