Sunday, 28 April 2019

8 Avenue du Pont Juvénal (Montpellier, France)

Today I’m visiting Sète, a small port city southwest of Montpelliar. I’m going there because I guess I’m missing being by the sea. Sète is so close that I didn’t need to leave early. Thought I’d plan to arrive in Sète around 1:00 p.m.

This morning I got a chance to try out the grater that I bought yesterday. I’ve decided to add a grater to my stockpile of kitchen equipment and spices. It’s a flat grater so it will pack well. It joins my serrated knife, pealer, bottle opener/cork screw, and aeropress. Salt, pepper, cinnamon, thyme, and red pepper flakes are also with me as I travel.

When I got off the train at Sète I headed towards the sea. I wasn’t looking for a place to eat since I already had a light lunch of the remaining chicken salad spread over slices of baguette. On my walk to the sea I was approached by two different women who seemed to want to tell me some tragic story. I knew if I tried to engage in a conversation it wouldn’t go well so I waved them off and continued on my way. This rarely happens which is why I wrote about it.

As I got closer to the harbor I noticed many restaurants were open and most every one of them were filled with people. I figured I saw at least 50 restaurants. It was a beautiful mild and sunny day, so I can see why so many people were out walking about with friends and family. And enjoying a meal of fresh seafood. I saw many pots of steamed mussels.

I finally arrived at the point where the land met the sea. It was just beyond the sea wall and that was all. Nothing really to look at. But just inside the sea wall were hundreds of small sailboats in the harbor which I imagine most of them were used for fishing. Sète had a number of canals going through the city, but few boats in the canals. Perhaps everyone were eating at one of the restaurants.

There really isn’t much more to see in Sète, but I enjoyed the walk and later saw that I walked over 15,000 steps. When I arrived back at the Montpellier station a bought a baguette at a deli within the station. The baguette was still warm from the oven. I snacked on a few pieces once I returned to the flat.

For dinner I made a hamburger patty, mashed potatoes, and spinach. Later, for a snack I had a bowl of cut fruit (apple, orange, bananna). While making dinner and after I decided what I’m doing tomorrow. Visiting Avignon and also Pont du Gard where I’ll see a very large and intact Roman aqueduct. This aqueduct was on my must-see list. I’ll have to leave early to give me time to travel from Avignon to Pont du Gard.

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