Wednesday, 1 May 2019

8 Avenue du Pont Juvénal (Montpellier, France)

I was up a little after 7:30 this morning to get ready to leave by train for Toulouse. I thought I’d be up earlier but I forgot it was a holiday today and didn’t expect my neighbors to have a party (because most people are not working today) that lasted until 3:00 a.m. I could only hear them in the bedroom so I slept for a few hours on the couch in the main room.

I did my usual cleaning and just as I took the garbage to the bins outside I saw my host’s son arriving. Glad to have everything in good condition before he arrived. I turned over the keys to him and left for the station.

As I approached the station I saw that there were police in full force waiting for today’s yellow jacket march to begin. I confirmed the platform where my train was to depart, it arrived on schedule, and I was on my way to Toulouse.

I arrived early so I used the time to order a small lunch at the Toulouse station that consisted of a quiche and a bottle of water. Before I left I noticed that they had baguettes and croissants for sale so I ordered some to take to the flat. My airbnb host said that no grocery stores would be open.

I found the taxi stand and the driver helped put my suitcase into his trunk. When I showed him the address where I would like to go he indicated as best as he could that he couldn’t take me. Fortunately a woman standing nearby translated to let me know because of the yellow jacket march in Toulouse he couldn’t take me to the address. I realized that I would be walking and rolling my suitcase for at least the next 15 – 20 minutes.

I informed my host that I would be late and she understood. She met me near the flat (my GPS pointed me to the wrong address) and she showed me around. It is very small, but clean and mostly modern. I’ll be here three nights and know this will be okay.

I took a long nap shortly after she left and decided to walk around the neighborhood while it was still warm and sunny. I discovered that I was staying in a very busy part of Toulouse. A large nearby square was very active with people eating in nearby restaurants that took up nearly two sides of the square. I opted for McDonald’s tonight. I brought a few things from Monpellier to eat, but a Big Mac sounded very good.

After eating I finished planning for tomorrow and wrote back to Ori and Molly who replied back to an email I had sent the day before. Ori had some excellent recommendations for Bordeaux and contributed to my education about wines. (I am still very much a novice.) Very interesting information! The rest of the evening was occupied with texting a friend in the U.S. and a chat session with Netflix to see why some Netflix shows freeze while playing.

Tomorrow I’m traveling by train to Albi to see a Cathedral there and also the Toulouse-Lautrec museum. I’ll leave on the 9:17 train so I’ll need to up early.

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