History of Montpellier

History of Montpellier at a glance   In the south of France, on the Mediterranean coast, lies the capital of the Hérault department as well as the Languedoc-Roussillon region and France’s 8th largest city, Montpellier, (Occitan: Montpelhièr [mum.peˈʎɛ]; French pronunciation: [mɔ̃.pə.lje]). Over the past 25 years, Montpellier has been the fastest growing city in France with about a third of its population being students from the 3 universities and from the 3 higher education institutions outside the city’s university framework. On the Mediterranean coast of Southern France, it is the…

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Montpellier events calendar 2016

Montpellier events calendar 2016   March 2016 Sunday 20th March 2016 Montpellier Marathon 6th edition Take your running shoes and welcome to this 6th edition Marathon organized by the city of Montpellier will be a circuit of 41,195 km going through the city’s historic center as well as some surrounding districts. Other annex activities (rollerblade, trampoline…) will be there thanks to the Montpellier Athlétisme Méditerranée and several sponsors, under a Marathon Village location on the Place de la Comédie Official website here: http://www.marathonmontpelliermetropole.com Friday 18th From 1pm to 9pm opening…

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Top Sightseeing in Montpellier

Top sightseeing in Montpellier Monuments and buildings – The Place de la Comédie, with the Opera Comédie built in 1888. This crowded and majestic square is definitely one of the most well-know site of Montpellier. The Place de la Comédie is a buzzing and outstanding city square that inevitably attract locals and tourists. Its location is right in the middle of the city in the quarter of l’Écusson, which was the former Medieval city. The Place de la Comédie is one of the main highlight in Montpellier, it measures some…

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Apricot Tatin Pie (Tarte tatin aux abricots)

Apricot Tatin Pie (Tarte tatin aux abricots)   This upside-down fruit tart, is yummy version of the French classic apple tarte tatin. With this recipe we add a touch of sunshine to your table by simply replacing the apples by apricots. I suggest you to read my post regarding the history and the origins of the tarte tatin here: Tarte tatin (Tatin Pie) Ingredients Puff pastry about 500g 1gk of apricots halves, drained 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter Half a cup of sugar 2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon   First…

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Tarte Tatin (Tatin Pie)

Tarte Tatin The Tarte Tatin is a French classic upside-down fruit tart. Its origins especially the way it was invented is somehow not clear. Several versions are made, often by changing the tradition apples by other fruits such as apricots. It is also made with more or less caramel and cinnamon up to the mood of the chef. You can find this pie in any region and city of France. At the restaurant this is the championship when it comes to choose a quick and yummy dessert to go with…

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Brandade (a.k.a Brandade de Morue)

Brandade (salt cod fish puree)   Cod Fish?! You said Cod Fish? Here you are!!! The Brandade Where to find it: First of all and traditionally in Nîmes, Languedoc-Roussillon region, Gard Departement. In the Camargue region and some other places along the littoral such as Sète, Marseilles, Toulon. If there is dish that would represent Nîmes it would certainly be the Brandade. Brandade also known as “Brandade de morue” (“Morue” stand for Cod fish in French), is a typical food specialty from Nîmes and I would even say from almost…

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Fougasse

The Fougasse (La Fougasse)   Fougasse is an oven baked bread specialty that is typical from the South of France. It is easily recognizable to its shape and patterns similar to an ear of wheat. Its dough is mainly made with wheat flour and olive oil. Where to find it: Mainly in the following region: Languedoc Roussillon and Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur Especially in the following departements: Gard, Hérault, Bouches-du-Rhône, Vars, Alpes Maritimes We can find a lot of variations of fougasses. Salty with olives, tomatoes, herbs de Provence, anchovies, grattons etc……

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La Maison Carrée , Nîmes

La Maison Carrée, Nîmes   The Maison Carrée is a splendid work of Roman architecture, and religion. It is one of these monuments that you must see if you are a fan of Roman History or if you just love visiting stunning Antique monuments. The Maison Carrée, is one of the most famous Roman temples ever to have been built and is located in Nîmes, Gard Departement, Languedoc Roussilon Region in France. The temple is in a remarkably good condition (Mint condition should I say), and the authorities from Nîmes…

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Nîmes Events Calendar

Nîmes Events Calendar Here you can find the calendar of the events in Nîmes by year, from the most recent to the oldest.     Nîmes events Calendar 2017 February 2017 Sunday February the 19th 2017 Nîmes Urban Trail 2017 (2nd Edition) Downtown and Garrigues This year The Nîmes Urban Trail feature 3 trails: 27km Limit: 1 000 participants 18KM Limit: 1 500 participants 10KM Limit: 2000 participants About The Nîmes Urban Trail: http://nimesurbantrail.com   Nîmes events Calendar 2016 February 2016 Sunday February the 21st 2016   Nîmes Urban Trail…

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Arènes de Nîmes (The Arena of Nimes).

Arènes de Nîmes (The Arena of Nimes)   The Arena of Nimes, “Les Arènes de Nîmes” in French, can be seen as one of the best evidence of Rome’s advanced engineering. The Amphitheatre’s construction and complex architecture is a true marvel of ancient engineering perfection. This arena is located in the French city of Nîmes, Languedoc-Rousillon region, Gard Department and was built somewhere around 70 AD. It is the pride of the inhabitants of Nîmes and a monument that any fan of Roman History must see. Location The monument was…

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