A Dusk Walk in Montpellier

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Daily Photo – A Dusk Walk in Montpellier

We headed out on an evening walk with our wonderful hosts in Montpellier, France.  They’ve done a few nice things to the city to minimize car traffic. There is a lot of public transport on light rails, and that tended to keep congestion down.  You don’t really realize it until you compare it to someplace like Milan or Daegu, but there just aren’t a lot of cars driving around all the most interesting places.

Taking the “back way” to dinner, we stopped at this perfect little intersection so I could take a quick photo.  It was a highly recommended spot by my friend Jacques.  This is the Cathédrale Saint-Pierre de Montpellier an elegant and unique cathedral that has a castle-like feel to the facade.  Since I always get excited when I see a castle, this got a big thumbs up!

A Dusk Walk in MontpellierWe headed out on an evening walk with our wonderful hosts in Montpellier, France.  They've done a few nice things to the city to minimize car traffic. There is a lot of public transport on light rails, and that tended to keep congestion down.  You don't really realize it until you compare it to someplace like Milan or Daegu, but there just aren't a lot of cars driving around all the most interesting places.Taking the "back way" to dinner, we stopped at this perfect little intersection so I could take a quick photo.  It was a highly recommended spot by my friend Jacques.  This is the Cathédrale Saint-Pierre de Montpellier an elegant and unique cathedral that has a castle-like feel to the facade.  Since I always get excited when I see a castle, this got a big thumbs up!- Trey RatcliffRead more here at the Stuck in Customs blog.

 

 

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  • Susan

    Beautiful cathedral Trey – love the lighting! Looking forward to the new photos of Iceland too!

  • Simon Morris

    Gorgeous looking Cathedral Trey – if there’s one aspect we miss having moved from Europe (UK) to NZ, then it’s the architecture! France rates very highly pour moi as being one of the best countries to visit – where on every street corner there’s always something of interest to photograph… I’m looking forward to visiting Europe again soon, hopefully next February! :-)

  • SeanP

    This just makes me want to go back. Love it.

  • Siva

    This photo makes me pause. Despite the abundance of warmth furnished by the street lamps, I felt a little cold looking up at the haunting towers of the cathedral.

  • Vicki Wilson

    Georgeous shot, the cathedral is beautiful against the twilight sky!

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/mrandybird/5829791616/ Andy Bird

    Great perspective :)

    Simon I agree – we are spoiled in Europe with the architecture. I was out in Glasgow yesterday and took a good look at the buildings, which I normally take for granted because i’m in the city every day. When I look at the ornate old buildings in the city and then think at the work that must have gone into them at the time I realise how cheap, dull and lame some modern buildings actually are. They suffer because they just didn’t have the same love put into them that the old buildings did!

  • Gail in Montana

    I agree with most of the comments above, Trey. We do tend to take things for granted. But our cathedrals are our mountains that surround us, and I don’t think I will ever take them for granted! Having moved here from Michigan, the beautiful out here is awesome :-). Thanks for sharing the Cathédrale Saint-Pierre de Montpellier! Have a wonderful Sunday and Father’s Day, all. See you tomorrow ;-)

  • Peggy Ivey

    This one takes one back in time! It’s as if you might have caught the ghost of some medieval king.
    Love architectural photos. Andy Bird the buildings of today are lacking in the personality the buildings of the past have. Trey , I so envy you that you can travel and see first hand sites like this in all their splendor! Love your work! If not for you and other photographers, I would not be able to see such as this.

  • Simon Morris

    Andy – yes, good point!
    Gail – “our cathedrals are our mountains that surround us” – nice, I like that! ;-)

  • Joel

    If you like the little traffic there, make sure you check out venice! Amazingly wide street with no cars!

  • http://www.edithlevyphotography.com Edith Levy

    I love the lighting. And it gets a big thumbs up from me too.

  • http://www.facebook.com/media/set/fbx/?set=a.100925489989186.1637.100002152054198&ref=pd Thelonious Gonzo

    Nice wording Gail.
    That was a great way to put it.

  • Melinda Pieterse

    A.W.E.S.O.M.E. !!!

  • Matt

    Great picture Trey, thank you for choosing it to share.
    And yes Gail, you are correct ;)

  • http://catseyephotos.blogspot.com Alexander

    Hmm, I think I’ve walked past that. The walking section of Montpelier is wonderful. That lovely main square where the tram goes through…

  • Mycee

    Next time you come to visit the city, you can notice me via e mail: i work in the fabre museum, and if you are interested (and if i still work there), i can let you in with a couple of friends. And thanks for the generosity of sharing some of your photography knowledge over the internet.

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