Montpellier First Impressions

BuildingWe arrived in Montpellier a few days ago. What a beautiful city! For those of you who don’t know Montpellier, it’s the third largest French city on the Mediterranean coast after Marseille and Nice. As a Canadian, seeing positive double digit weather in February felt like I had won the lottery.

alleyentrancePlacedelacomedie2On our arrival, we were greeted by our two Airbnb hosts, two energetic French girls about my age. Almost like an initiation, I had my first conversation in French on the first day!

Montpellier is considered a pedestrian city with minimal car circulation. We walked around to explore the city. I’m SO glad that I’ll be walking a lot since I see myself stuffing my face with lots of cheese and pastries 😉

alleywayThe other means of transportation is the modern tramway system. These are not your average trams though. Each line has their own colourfully designed tram, usually with funky designs.

Tram2_Fotor Tram1Convinced that I would be getting a lot of exercise, I did a quick google search for the best pâtisserie in the city. Oddly enough, searches in English came back with nothing impressive, but luckily we found some local favourites by searching in French. At last, my quest to satisfy my sweet tooth had begun…

Chocolat Thierry Papereux

We ended up at a chocolatier. This place is amazing. Yes, that’s a chocolate mousse in an edible chocolate cup. The chocolate wasn’t too sweet, or too bitter, or too chocolaty, it was just perfect. Each bite will send you to chocolate heaven.

If you know me well, you know that I love macarons. Don’t let the fact that Thierry Papereux is a chocolatier fool you. These macarons were THE best macarons I’ve ever had…better than my frequented shops in Toronto, Montréal and dare I say, even better than Fauchon and Ladurée in Paris. The texture and flavour combinations were on point. The filling ratios were perfect. I almost forgot to share. My favourite was the caramel beurre salé-thym (salted caramel butter with thyme) – who knew thyme would taste so good in a dessert?!

Macaron1

Macaron3Macaron2Side Adventure with…Surveys

After browsing the Galerie Lafayette, we got approached on the street to take part in a survey. What we thought was going to be a check-the-boxes-on-a-sheet-of-paper turned out to be a survey on steroids! We found ourselves in a supermarket setting, which we later learned was staged. The task was to pick a set of grocery items, with cameras and people studying our every blink! Then, the real test came, with lots of questions on product packaging and price points, including pin pointing what parts of the product we remembered after getting images flashed in front of us for 1/6th of a second. We walked out of there exhausted but with the added knowledge that the French take their surveys VERY seriously…

Thanks for reading and stay tuned for more adventures!

À la prochaine!

xo

Mary

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So will you be partaking in any more surveys? Ha-ha! PS – nice new Instagram handle 🙂

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Yeah! So glad you guys made it their safe and sound 🙂 so jealous of your week one and can’t wait to hear/see more of your adventures.

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Sounds like you’re having a great time so far. So jealous! Ravi and I can’t wait for more updates!

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