While we were staying in Canet-en-Rousillon, we took a day trip with a new friend to Montpellier and Nîmes, just to see more of the southwestern region of France. Montpellier felt like a much bigger city compared to Canet, and we enjoyed the culture that comes with city life for a few hours that morning. We broke a baguette with cheese for breakfast in the park (and Iris finally lost that second front tooth!), then made our way to the town square, where Trev and I enjoyed an espresso while the girls danced to the most quintessentially French buskers there ever were. Of course, we took a spin on the carousel before catching the electric train to the other side of town.
There, we met our friend and made the quick drive to Nîmes, which felt very historic. There are ancient Roman ruins throughout parts of the city, including a coliseum. We grabbed a massive Greek lunch at Les Cyclades, then wandered through the library, which has lovely art exhibits, and through a few paper shops before our last stop. We had the honor of meeting artist Jorge Colomina in his home, and we even got the first preview of his new exhibition which was bound for Brussels when we met him. Jorge and his wife, Joëlle, were very welcoming and their home was beautiful and inspiring. It was also a fun way to introduce abstract art into the girls' lessons.