Streets of old town
Intriguing shop windows
In the center of old town, the Halles Castellane contains an incredible food market that is packed with shops offering all kinds of appealing delicacies.
Outside the hall, restaurants prepare to serve meals made from the great ingredients.
Restaurants getting ready
I continue to wander through old town, finding steeper and more narrow streets to explore, and whimsical art on the walls throughout the area.
Continuing through old town
Art on the walls
Exiting the old town at the northwest corner, I walk past the Jardin des Plantes, which is closed today, but still offers great views of the grounds from the sidewalk outside. This botanical garden is one of the oldest in Europe, created by an order of Henry IV in 1593 and served as a model of the Jardin des Plantes in Paris.
Jardin des Plantes
Along the River Lez
Returning to Place de la Comédie, I track down lunch, a good looking sandwich to eat while sitting on a bench in the Jardin du Champ de Mars, just off Esplanade Charles de Gaulle and near the convention center and universities.
On a bench in the park