Friday, 21 November 2008

Le nouveau Montpellier





L'esplanade de l'Europe (quartier Antigone) on the side of the River Lez is a huge amphitheatre of greenery constructed at the end of 70's.
It was a joy to walk in to the place and feel the same axes found in Paris and Versailles. One is instantly oriented.

The atmosphere was soothing and spacious, with lawns and paving set out carefully and harmoniously, leading down to the Avenue du Pirée and the Lez.

The modern architecture surrounding this verdant esplanade, was grandiose and sparkling and the numerous excellent restaurants and bars were tempting to any one whether tourist or local.

An early night was called for, after the drive from Millau.
Tomorrow we would be meeting Marie and who knew what mischief would lie ahead !

9 comments:

nathalie in avignon said...

Oh wow - I leave a comment on your previous post and by the time I refresh the page a new post has appeared! You're firing faster than I can follow m.benaut! I guess you're making up for the frustrating time you've had away from blogging and how I can understand that.

I love your architecture shots here. Your two top ones are absolutely stunning!

Your two bottom shots suggest that the area is lively enough (see my previous comment about how the people are embracing this new public space?)

M.Benaut said...

Merci Nathalie,

It's funny to say that the two top shots were taken only 35 seconds apart.
I have mucked around with them a little but they appear to have been taken hours apart n'est-ce pas ?

Webradio said...

Encore plus joles !

Je ne connais pas du tout Montpellier !

M.Benaut said...

Merci Webradio,
Montpellier est très loin de Moisdon-la-Rivière mais vous voudriez voir cette ville de toute façon, je crois.

Marie said...

M. Benaut, contente de vous retrouver en ligne.

Wow, pour un peu, vous me feriez regretter ma ville ! Vos photos sont magnifiques !

Bon weekend à Andrea et à vous.

claude said...

C'est bien ça, un Australien nous fait découvrir Montpellier pendant que Marie est en Amérique. C'est la magie du blogging !

dive said...

More glorious night shots, Monsieur.
Wonderful!
And tomorrow we get to meet la belle Marie!
Woohoo!

lynn said...

Beautifully warm, golden shots M. Benaut.

M.Benaut said...

Dear Claude,
That really is a very funny concept is it not !!
The fact that Marie is in the USA and I'm showing her home town in France.
If you would like to take a small holiday, then I would be happy to show your town !!!!!!!

That's right old son. And the weather was just lovely.
I do not know why I didn't bring both Lynn and yourself with me.
Lynn, why didn't we kidnap Dive and drag him along?