Accent Francais FAMTRIP Montpellier September 2017,
In collaboration with Office de Tourisme of Montpellier and Hérault Tourisme, Accent Francais held in September 2017, a wonderful Famtrip for a very famous partner agency in Brazil.
Participants came from Sao Bernardo Do Campo, Vitoria, Belo Horizonte and Rio De Janeiro and they were greatly impressed by beautiful Montpellier.
The group arrived at the Montpellier train station which is located just a few steps from school and just next to the hotel we had booked for them.
Our team had chosen to accommodate the group at one of our best partner’s residence for holiday rental in Montpellier.
The Odalys Apart’hotel Les Occitanes in Montpellier is made up of two 5-storey buildings overlooking a patio. You have a choice of accommodation ranging from double bedrooms to superior suites for 4/6 people all tastefully decorated in a modern, simple style. Each holiday rental has a kitchenette, bathroom, with toilet, free TV and WiFi.
From there, it took us just 200 meters to arrive at school and have a serious working session visiting the school’s 19th century building, discovering the classrooms modern facilities and meeting the dynamic and helpful team Accent Francais.
The participants were greatly impressed by the enthusiasm of our team and they noticed the perfect location of the school, on the most central and famous Place de la Comédie, offering all facilities to their future clients.
We had, then, the pleasure to offer a 2 hours guided tour of Montpellier followed by a chic diner in the city.
In a sunny afternoon of September, the guide took them through 2,000 years of history in the medieval streets to the oldest medical faculty in Europe (founded in 1220) and to new neighbourhoods combining natural spaces and buildings designed by the greatest international architects.
The next day, we took a full day excursion discovering Pézenas just one hour outside Montpellier, one of the quiet glories of southern France and former capital of the region at 17th century. This is where playwright Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, better known by his stage name of Molière, first arrived in Languedoc in 1646. Over the course of the next 12 years MOLIERE and his troupe of actors l'Illustre Théâtre, toured the region extensively, with Pézenas a frequent base.
Of course, we could not leave Pezenas without tasting two culinary inventions: le petit pâté and berlingots.
But that was only the beginning.. The Ferme Marine in Marseillan was waiting for us!! Overlooking the Etang de Thau, this is an unpretentious restaurant in terms out appearance and décor, but fantastic if you like fresh seafood. There is an all you can eat buffet of oysters, prawns, mussels, sea snails and various salads and warm pasta based dishes.
Then the guide took us for a walk to the port of Séte, a sensuous taste of the unspoiled Mediterranean and to its famous Mont St Clair with beautiful all-round views: Out front, the sparkling acreage of Med ends sharp at the horizon. Behind, the huge Thau Lagoon is decorated with military formations of mollusc beds. Separating the two, a tongue of land licks away into the distance, with vines in the middle, beaches unravelling at the edge. Further away still, villages dot a landscape leading to the Languedoc mountains.
The group have discovered a few part of all the resources that the city and the region can offer to our visitors. It would even seem that they are now able to sing our most traditionnals songs from Georges Brassens while tasting Muscat wine in Frontignan wine’s cellars.