[FR] Vacation in the south of France Part 4: Montpellier, Nîmes and Arles

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  1. k-c-p

    k-c-p Member

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    Bonjour,

    the final installment of my trip report features Montpellier, Nîmes und Arles.

    Gare St Roch

    The platforms of Gare St Roch were dark and not very welcoming. The station building above proved to be a bright and nice to look at.
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    Tram de Montpellier

    The tram network consists of 4 lines, with very colourful rolling stock. As all lines pass by the station, there is quite an amount of tracks and switches in the area to connect the tram line coming from four different directions
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    Line 3 and 4 (gold) meet at the station
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    A tram of line 4 has just left "Corum" station
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    Same spot, a few minutes later: Line 1 passes by.
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    My favourite spot: The approach of line 2 to "Corum". A curve of almost 180° and a colourful tram - Could it get any better?
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    The signs at the stop respect the paint jobs of the rolling stock. Signs for all three lines that call at "Corum"
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    Short break for a tram of line 4 in the tail tracks near "Place Albert 1er" station
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    Tram 1 heading to "Albert 1er"
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    A pity, that I could catch "Blackbeauty" only once
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    Between "Corum" and "Comédie" there is a short tunnel section. A tram of line 2 emerging from the tunnel
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    Line 2 between "St Roch" station and "Comédie"
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    Nice mix of dark tones and color: Trams of linie 3
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    A network expansion is underway. Works are being done near the botanical garden
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    Even in a set of colourful trams, there is one thats sticks out: A tram with advertising for the "Métropole French Tech" project
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    Between the railway station and "Antigone" the tracks are embedded in neither concrete nor gras, but in wood. Bikers liked to speed down this ramp
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    Some kids on their BMX bikes just jumped over the "car stop" at the end of the ramp
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    I liked the mix of tram and catenary
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    T3 meets TER
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    Sightseeing
    The architecture in the Antigone quarter took some time getting used to
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    In front of the administration-building of the Region a festival of extreme-sports took place. It included water-skiing
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    Just one word: Wow. Rose in St. Pierre cathedral
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    Monty Python once again: And what have the Romans ever given us? The aqueduct. "Aqueduc Saint Clement" (it was not build by the Romans, it dates back to the 18th century) and "Chateau d'eau"
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    Nîmes and Arles

    If you like follwoing Roman history and architecture, I can recommend a trip to Nîmes and Arles. I went there by Intercité train
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    Below the tracks of Nîmes station
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    In both town, there are hugh Roman arenas that are well preserved. Until this day they are used for events. In contrast to the colloseum in Rome, you can wander around freely and climb up and down the tiers. Arena in Nîmes
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    Modern architecture just outside the arena
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    The "Maison Carré" is an old temple. Nowadays, afilm about the history of Nîmes is shown there
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    View from "Tour Magne" unto Nîmes. The arena is not that prominent. It is located at the end of the green band that starts at the white building (this is a museum designed by Norman Foster)
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    In Arles station, you cannot get unto the center platform. If need be, the door will be opened 10min prior to departure
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    While I wait for my delayed Intercité back to Marseille: A snapshot of a TER train in the eveninng dusk
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    Here ends the last report of my trip to southern France. I can highly recommend the area. There is a lot to see and the weather is nice too ;).

    Adieu
    Charly
     
  2. telstarbox

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    Excellent stuff. Went to Montpellier last year and loved it, something for everyone there.
     
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