Falling for Montpellier

The last time I was in Montpellier it was 2009. I was traveling with three girlfriends and we had about 24 hours to explore Montpellier. We got tan at the beach, went out dancing, and wandered without any purpose except to enjoy frolicking on a summer evening in August. I think it was August.

I had fond, vague memories of Montpellier, but no particular attachment to the city. Five years later, I made my way back and this time, it was true love. Before the first day was over, we vowed to find jobs in Montpellier and move in 2015.

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Why did we love Montpellier so much? 24 hours is hardly enough time to really get to know a city – we didn’t even leave the center of town. We spent hours wandering the winding streets, discovering boutiques and street art and cafés. It’s hard not to love a city with an endless maze of streets like this this.

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The city was buzzing on Friday afternoon and evening with Montpellier-ians (?) shopping the sales and enjoying a drink or a bite on the many outdoor terraces. On Saturday morning, the streets were quiet. I guess Montpellerians like to sleep in.

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The local arts culture is apparent with posters for dance and music performances and tattooed creative types strolling the streets. Maybe it was the TGIF effect, but the whole city gave off a cool, laid-back vibe. Paris it is not. (And therein lies its charm.)

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I think what I loved most was that I found myself longing to become a regular at each bar, restaurant, and café we visited. I wished we had the time (and the dough) to duck into each unique boutique we passed.

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Does the charm wear off when you stay longer than a day or two? We don’t know. But it’s a sure thing that getting a taste of life in Montpellier made us want to “poser nos bagages” and stay.

 

Click here to read about some of the cool shops, restaurants, and parks we found in Montpellier. 

 

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14 thoughts on “Falling for Montpellier

  1. Your pictures and enthusiasm make me want to be there! I’m so glad you are able to experience living abroad. And sharing it with people like me who never got to do that!

    1. I almost didn’t go, but I’m glad I did! In fact, I almost moved to Montpellier instead of Paris when I came to France. That would have been a different life story!

  2. Beautiful place! I guess I had this same feeling of yours of falling in love with a city that I didnt even spent too much time… and I also like to imagine myself being a local, how would it be nice to sit in one of those cafes at the end of day 😀 Ive never been to Montpellier, but I really would like to go sometime!!

    1. I already have all my favorite Montpellier places picked out if I ever move 🙂 Sharing them soon! If you end up visiting Montpellier, I’d love to know what you think!

      1. Sound great to me! Will do 😀 and I will look forward to seeing your next post about Montpellier 🙂

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