Tuesday, June 21, 2022

Antigone and Along the River Lez

Montpellier's Antigone district, started in 1977, is a series of grand neo-classical structures along a unified visual axis one kilometer long, stretching from the old town to the River Lez.  Starting at Place de la Com├ędie, we walk through the mall to the beginning of the Antigone district, first entering a tree-filled stretch of shops, restaurants, and fountains


Entering the Antigone district

Soon, the tree-fill courtyard transitions into sections of grand office buildings and sports complexes.


Grand architecture

At the far of the Antigone district, we reach the Lez River at the Bassin de Richter and follow it a ways toward the Mediterranean, 12 km (7 miles) away.

Along the River Lez

There is a lot of construction along the river and find that many kilometers of stages, stands, and booths are being erected for FISE Montpellier, the largest extreme sports event in Europe, due to start a few days after we leave.


Setup for FISE

Continuing along the Lez, we come to the Port Marianne section of Montpellier, a modern neighborhood across from the city hall, with construction starting in the 1990s and continuing today.

Port Marianne

Along the Lez

We turn around and head back on the banks of the Lez.  Later on, we'll rent bicycles and follow the Lez to the Mediterranean, about 30 minutes away, but today we're on foot.


















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