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I turned 30 in France. These were my birthday flowers. I had a wonderful birthday.

I lived in France for nearly 6 months in 2015. France is a beautiful country, the culture is complex, but it’s worth navigating. Do your best prior to your visit and learn some French. It’ll make your trip more enjoyable and interesting.  Most of my time was spent in Montpellier in the south of the country.

The historic city center of Montpellier is very well-preserved and feels like you are walking through a postcard. It feels like that, because you are walking through a postcard. It’s a beautiful city, often overlooked and overshadowed by many other French cities. There’s plenty of beautiful hikes not far from the city too. Grab yourself a baguette and some champagne, we’re going to France.

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Cathédrale Saint-Pierre de Montpellier

 

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Cathédrale Saint-Pierre de Montpellier

 

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Spring in Montpellier

 

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Botanical garden, Montpellier

 

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Choose your own adventure. Botanical garden, Montpellier

 

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Afternoon skies, Montpellier

 

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We hiked here. Languedoc Roussillon region.

 

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Hiking to ruins. Languedoc Roussillon region.

 

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Prior to wine, let the vines grow.

 

An Irish pub in France. I know, it’s confusing.

 

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St. Anne Church, Montpellier

 

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Languedoc Roussillon region.

 

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Lake Salagou, Languedoc Roussillon region.

 

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Hiking. Languedoc Roussillon region.

 

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Big blue French skies.

 

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I never got used to seeing this in France. Ruins. It’s all so old and fascinating to this American.

 

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Saintes-Maries-de-la-mer. Beach. Mediterranean Sea smiles.

 

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A sweet moment during an architectural/art event in Montpellier.

 

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La fanfare – a big music fest in the streets of Montpellier.

 

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Music fest in Montpellier

 

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Music fest outfits were quite comical in Montpellier.

 

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Andernos-les-Bains. A beautiful area not far from Bordeaux.

 

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Parc naturel régional du Haut-Languedoc

 

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Starting contest. He won.

 

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This dragonfly was quite content in the sun.

 

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Place de la Comédie, Montpellier. I used to love running through here early in the mornings.

 

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Eglise (church) Saint-Roch

 

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View of Montpellier’s historic city center.

 

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One of the best preserved mikves (ceremonial Jewish bath) in Europe dating from the 13th century. Montpellier.

Photography note: All photos were taken with a Nikon D3200 HDSLR camera with AF-S Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm lens.(I still don’t really know what all of that means, but there you go.) Only edits made were minor crops and resizing.

Photoessay: France in 30 Photos
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2 thoughts on “Photoessay: France in 30 Photos

  • November 9, 2015 at 12:29 pm
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    Beautiful pictures! I think the Yellow Boat and the little girl with the pink balloon are my favorites. Thank you for sharing these Katie.

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    • November 19, 2015 at 2:30 pm
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      Thank you, Kristy! France truly is a beautiful place 🙂

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