After an almost 4 hour train ride from Paris, we arrived in the Montpellier train station around 8 p.m. Monday night and immediately saw our friends Didier and Shannon through the train window!! We were all business as we hurried to get all of our luggage off the train in time. The train only stops for a couple of minutes – so if Didier had not been there, we wouldn’t have been able to unload it all fast enough. After our bags were safely off the train – we hugged each other!!
Regarding luggage by the way, we were relieved that all of our bags arrived at the Paris airport – even Dave’s bike!! What a blessing.
Didier and Shannon brought us to their home and we were welcomed with a wonderful French meal of crepes and escargots (snails). The food tasted amazing, and it was not only because we were extremely exhausted and hungry. Didier really is a very good cook! He made yet another amazing meal last night (can’t remember the French name) with pasta, heavy cream, cheese and what looked like chopped up prosciutto. Yumm…
Yesterday Didier took us on the Tram into the downtown area of Montpellier, called “Place de Comedie”. It is the time of year where the Christmas market is set up which consists of many small tent like buildings and vendors selling various things. This is where I tried my first French “chocolat chaud” and “marrons chaud”. Then Didier took us into the galerie (mall) and bought us our first French cappuccinos. They were in small mugs with whipped cream on top…were very yummy. As we walked around, I found myself just taking it all in – immediately translating everything in my brain and trying to remember French words I learned long ago. We loved being in the city; it was very vibrant with loads of people around everywhere.
Many of you have asked how JJ is doing – as you just read, he was an amazing traveler and really continues to be. Like his parents, he’s very content to just ride the train and take it all in. However, he is definitely off with his sleep; we go to bed after 2:00 a.m. here and sleep until 11:30 a.m. while JJ goes to bed around 9:00 p.m. here and he woke up for 1.5 hours from 1:00 – 2:30 a.m. thinking it was time to get up. It’s o.k. – we’ll adjust eventually.