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Arriving at Charles de Gaulle, Paris early in the morning
Good signage: big, easy to read font
A young lady traveling in style
Heading towards the SNCF station
A peek outside at Paris
The big board announcing all the trains
Going towards the platforms
Our TGV arrives!
Moving at over 100mph, I go for some tea and biscuits
I like the happy phone graphic
In Montpellier we stayed at the Citadines, and the tram was right outside
Our living room at the Citadines.  A wonderful place to rest and recharge.
The view from our balcony at the rear of the Citadines.
Out for an early morning walk, sun rising on the azeleas
Tram tracks towards the centre ville and the historic parts of town
Excellent architecture: modern neo-classical!
The plants have a slightly tropical flair
Striking buildings, much better than the boxes we see in the States
A pleasing blend of new and old
Heading toward Place de la Comedie, the central meeting place in town
It's early so few people are out even in the center of town
Opera national de Montpellier reflected in the back window of the service van
Also reflected in the windscreen of the tram
Outstanding graffiti
Early morning sun hitting the sign just right
You are in a maze of twisty little passages, all alike...
Commentary on the occupants?
The street is quiet now, but just wait a few hours!
May not be an accurate description of the service.
Found at the edge of a fountain (Montpelier, France, early morning.  Nikon D7100 18-200 Nikkor.)
A bottle left behind (Memories of the previous night's fun.  Taken in Montpelier, France. Nikon D7100 18-200 Nikkor)
The opera house in the morning
The Corum, where the ECOOP conference was held
Flowers near the Corum
A peaceful Dominican church in the old part of town
A beautiful, calm space
Reading someone else's paper on the tram to Ikea
At the mall, heading for Ikea
The Apple store Montpellier, where they have slightly different keyboards!
A happy sight in a home decorating store
More smiles
The collection of shopping carts looks like TGVs
The Ikea must be close by
Here it is!  A visit to French Ikea!
Thank you!  We would love to visit your house!
A visit to the restaurant!  Fun!
Lunch is going to be excellent!
A nice selection of drinks to accompany our meal
Ikea wine!
Taking some bread home from the shops
Some dreams of the future!
Visiting the Montpellier Fabre Museum,, modern...
They have good stauary
Excellent paintings
Modern entrance foyer to the museum
A very nice place for lunch.
The view from the terrace as we dined
A very curious patron from the table next to ours
Some libations to choose from
Shopping in the afternoon
Back on the tram to Ikea
I see the light....
Sparkly, but the wrong voltage for us
Afternoon tea time for some
Seems like a good value
Stuffed rabbit under glass
Porte du Peyrou, a triumphal arch.
Looking down Promenade du Peyrou  towards the water works
A prominent cross along the side of the road.
The Tour de France is coming!
Tourists taking a ride down the Promenade du Peyrou
Tourists à pied
No automobiles allowed, but scooters are OK.
He quickly figured out that stairs and wheel don't work well together
Looking out from the old part of the city towards the new
Playing football near the Chateau d'Eau, the waterworks
St-Clément Aqueduct
A side view of the Aqueduct
Detail of the ironworks keeping people off of the Aqueduct.
Next stop, the Medical School and the Cathedral.
Excellent mural work
In the Medical School courtyard, we had apparently missed a conference they were holding there.
Looking upwards in a medical school building stairwell
Transport for students
Inside Cathedral St. Pierre
Lovely, quiet and cool
The obligatory stained glass shot
Strolling the walks in the Jardins de Botaniques
Some sort of balloonflower
Didn't spot any frogs.
Out early in the morning as the market is getting set up
The cherries are looking nice
Fancy handmade shirts on offer.
We used these blue trams quite a lot
Heading to work in the morning
McD's food tasted fine and the restaurant was huge and clean
The street cleaners use the traditional straw brooms, but wear high-visibility clothing.
Getting a little drink
Cars are restricted in the old part of town, but cycles are not.
An old church, playing with color and clarity settings in Lightroom
This would be a happy sight to have on the breakfast table.
Some shops expanded into the narrow alleyways.  Genius!  It sucked us in.
I like the colors on this cycle
Morning colors
The upstairs garden
Lovely style, too bad we weren't hungry just then! (Table setting at a restaurant in Montpelier, France.  Nikon D7100 18-200 Nikkor)
Fun plastic bunnies.  Made in China, I believe
We all stood aside to let the van pass on this shortcut to the Place de la Comedie
Safe cycling
Grandfather and grandchild enjoying the fountain in Antigone, near our hotel.
See my other albums for Tour de France photos
A hot and bothered spectator after watching the riders go past
A friendly dog
Riding the tram back to the hotel
Departing Montpellier, sad to be leaving!
Our plane to Orly
Our plane to London City Airport
Some light reading for the plane
In London for the weekend!

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