We woke up at 7 am today, quickly packing our bags and checking out of the hostel, before making our way to the station, on the way buying a piece of bread and a coffee for breakfast. We took the train to Marseille, arriving around 11.15 am. And since we had to change trains in Marseille anyway, on our way to Montpellier, we decided to board a later train and instead explore the city in about four hours. And so we walked down to the harbor along La Canebière, taking a slight detour halfway there to a vegetarian restaurant, Grain de Sable, where we ate a nice lunch.
We continued down to the harbor, but since it wasn’t very interesting and we were walking with our heavy backpacks on in the hot sun, we quickly moved on, finding a nearby vegan cafe, Deep, where we got muffins and coffee.
We continued toward a cool district with lots of really awesome graffiti, where we had to climb up this hill from hell:
as well as a bunch of stairs to get there - something that wasn’t particularly enjoyable with a backpack on.
We made it up though and sat in the shade for a while relaxing, before slowly walking back to the station, going into bookshops on our way.
I must admit that I didn’t find Marseille particularly interesting, and for me the four hours were enough. I was glad to have seen it though, being able to form my own opinion about the place. We bumbled on, reaching Montpellier around 6.15 pm, where we met up with my Aunt, Madeleine, and my cousins, Caroline and Nicolas. They showed us around Montpellier, a city I found beautiful and really charming, and we ended the tour at a tapas restaurant, where we ate dinner around 8 pm, catching up while eating.
After the lovely dinner (thank you Madeleine!) we said goodbye to Nicolas and Caroline, who lives in Montpellier, and drove with Madeleine to her house in Bedarieux. Here we settled in and talked for a while before falling asleep. It was really nice visiting my family again - I can only vaguely remember the last time I came to France to visit them and it’s definitely been too long. And after having seen how lovely Montpellier is I’m much more excited to start my French studies there in early 2020.
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