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Montpellier's bohemian soul

Indeed, Montpellier city offers an abundance of original places of carefree character thanks, in part, to its Humanities university (20 000 students) and to its school of Fine Art.

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Les Dimanches du Peyrou (The Peyrou Sundays)

« How much for this sextant please? ». As every Sunday morning, Marysa visits the Peyrou Esplanade to rummage through the antiques market with a view to acquire some objects for her interior decoration. «I am redecorating my office around the maritime theme» explains this young woman, urban planner in Montpellier. An initiative of the city of Montpellier, the Peyrou Sundays are weekly secondhand and antiques markets that take place from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm.

An unmissable rendez-vous that gathers every Sunday between 40 and 60 professional antiques dealers.

«It is the ideal place to spend a pleasant moment with your family or with your friends» confirms Marysa as she takes two 10 euro notes from her purse. Her sextant in her pocket, Marysa returns to the « Guinguette » installed on the esplanade, which offers oysters and white wine, at tables set in the shade of the plane trees.

She is meeting Yvan and Maëlia, her husband and 11 year old daughter. «Other friends will come and join us later» explains her husband. «There is plenty of space for children to play and the site is one of the most beautiful in the whole of the city» enthuses Yvan. This event launched in September 2012 is a popular success.

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