I found some free wifi while walking through Avignon, so I’m taking advantage of it. The train ride from Montpellier was pleasant. Now on with the sightseeing.
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
With this vantage point and a clear late afternoon sky, even I couldn’t screw up a photo of Pont du Gard yesterday.
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
Folks have been asking for photos, but I haven’t yet transferred any from Kathryn’s camera to my computer. In fact, I haven’t even powered my computer on since Friday. However, I have grabbed a few photos on my phone over the past few days. Here’s one from La Grande Motte this afternoon.
We’re wrapping up a lovely first full day in Montpellier. After a restful night of much needed sleep, we were up in time for a breakfast of pain au chocolat and coffee, followed by Sunday Mass at the Cathedral. Then it was an afternoon of walking all over the city and a couple hours spent … Continue reading Lovely first day
We’re at our apartment in Montpellier, with our first shopping trip for provisions out of the way. Lots to do as we head out for Saturday evening.
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?
The connection in Atlanta turned out to be a piece of cake. A short train ride, a five minute walk, and we were there. Kathryn and I are in our seats, just waiting for the plane to take off. The flight has a lot of empty seats at the moment. I don’t know if we’re … Continue reading Connection made
I won’t be able to send this from the air, but we’re aboard the first flight to our destination, which is Montpellier, France. Our stops are scheduled in Atlanta and Paris. Right now it looks like this flight is a few minutes behind schedule. We’d be on schedule if three quarters of our fellow passengers … Continue reading Aboard first flight
For me, the most anxiety-inducing part of any air travel is the security checkpoint. Today was a relatively pleasant experience. We sailed through the checkpoint in about five minutes, which might be a personal best for Sky Harbor Airport. Our flight doesn’t board for over an hour, so we have some time to relax.
The bags are packed. The house is tidy. All that remains is a ride to the airport. We expect that any minute. It’s been a relatively stress-free day so far. Most of the preparations were done last night. We had time this morning for exercise and even a brief stop at church. I’ll post status … Continue reading Bags are packed
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
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.
Here’s a list of things you probably don’t know about me. It’s in no particular order.
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.
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.
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
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.
When last I left off, I was getting myself ready to have dinner with Marlene in Madrid on Wednesday night last week. We met near my hotel, and despite her joking about Spaniards being late and how I should wait a few extra minutes for her, she was right on time. I’m not particularly fond … Continue reading Letter from Montpellier