One of our favorite towns in the south of France, on the Mediterranean, is Montpellier, a 3 hour, 47 minute, 775 km (480 mile) train ride from Paris. Montpellier is the capital of the Hérault Department of France, has one of the oldest universities in the world (the University of Montpellier was established in 1220), and has the oldest medical school in the world still in operation. And, its a great place to visit and to live (and idea with which we are toying).
We arrive at the Montpellier train station to find a piano player serenading arriving and departing passengers.
We drop off our luggage and wander through the evening streets of Montpellier, enjoying the sights and sounds of the city. Montpellier is located on the Mediterranean about 170 km (105 miles) west of Marseille, and 185 km (115 miles) northeast of the French-Spanish border and nearly a third of the population consists of students at the seven universities.