I tried to pay with my Euro card, but my brain was so far behind me that I couldn’t remember the PIN number so I paid with cash. Returning to our rather decent hotel I emailed Rob with some sort of vague explanation and as usual he sent me the answers needed to fix the problem with a simple phone call. Thanks buddy!
There was a fellow playing some mellow music on his sax and we again lingered and took it all in. Time passed and we finally had to get on with things. We went in search of a cellular provider and we ended up using Orange who we’ve used in the past. €40 later and we were out the door with a new SIM card and 10G’s of data. Still cheap at the price compared to Canada, but I won’t get on my soap box about that one here:) Suffice it to say that my iPhone has a phone number and I’ll be able to call ahead each day to confirm a couple of beds and our meals as is the custom when staying in French gîtes. It’s called demi-pension and no doubt I’ll make reference to this in future posts.
Being like all other pèlerin types we began to look for evidence of the Camino that we are soon to undertake. It didn’t take too long. Across the street in front of the church we found a painted wall which featured Saint Jacque and a scallop shell...can you see both?
Having few if any plans we decided to walk the chemin route through old town Montpellier to help us generate a little excitement. Because you know we aren’t very excited. Nope, not at all:)
We walked as far as the aqueduct. Who doesn’t like a nice aqueduct? Exactly!
Retracing our steps we passed under a 17thC Arc de Triomphe,
and onwards to the Cathedral St. Pierre which had a rather cool wagon cover protecting the entrance. I guess in those days you quite never knew when a Louie was going to drop in for a visit.
The noon bells started ringing about this moment so we wandered onwards into the old town which was quite nice. There were some good markets and Annemarie spent a few moments enjoying one of her passions.
I spent a bit of time in front of one of my favourite spots too.
We wandered some more, stopping at a bank to confirm my pin reset before finding a bit of lunch. Gotta keep up our strength.
Then we wandered back to our somewhat decent hotel, a bit rare for us so I’ve restated this point twice.
Nice wall art.
Shortly we will venture out hoping that the heat has begun to reduce a bit. We have that stamp to get at the cathedral and then there will be a happy hour that apparently runs until 20:00 if you can imagine...and somewhere in there will happily be more food and maybe another drop of wine:)