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Daytripping in France: Saint-Guilhem-Le-Désert

22 Sep 2014
Montpellier is not only a beautiful city in itself, but is also surrounded by spectacular sights, one of which is Saint-Guilhem-Le-Désert; an enchanting medieval village situated in the heart of the Hérault Gorges. 

My family decided to make a holiday out of my first week in Montpellier, and so we rented a car and planned out some day trips, with this wonderful village being top of the list.

It's on days when there's a cloudless blue sky, and I can remove myself from the stress of a French university (which believe me is nothing like an English university), that I can just relax and enjoy the fact that I'm living in the beauty that is the South of France. With such hectic days and hectic nights this kind of bliss is exactly what I think everyone needs on their year abroad!

I'm also discussing plans with some of the people I've met to join me on a few other day trips, including a place which looks like a medieval kingdom (no, seriously), and various impressive cities and towns and I'm also in the process of writing a bucket list for the year, so watch this space...

Although this Creperie looked delicious, we found a slightly more hidden and secluded restaurant which also featured this French delight down one of the side streets. I've discovered what the French call a 'Galette', which is pretty much a wholemeal, savoury crepe and most places offer a very wide range of toppings! I had a tasty one with caramelised onions and melted emmental cheese (the French have no time for Cheddar, as I've come to realise), but I definitely think I prefer actual Crepes to Galettes! This is possibly down to the fact that my one true love are pancakes. YUM.

Cue the dainty little side streets again...

This is exactly what I imagine French villages to be like. All the streets were even more unique and colourful than Montpellier, although I could never see myself living somewhere as touristy as Saint-Guilhem; no thank you!

As always, there was a mountain walk for us to venture on. Unfortunately the sun was so scorching hot that we decided to give it a miss, and enjoy the less strenuous task of wondering around the gift shops. I'm all for a beautiful hike up a hillside, but when it's over 30 degrees I don't understand how anyone can manage something like that! All I want to do is sunbathe on the beach or sit down with an ice cold lemonade.

We also paid Pont du Diable a brief visit, where Tash and I clambered over rock after rock whilst admiring  the swimmers with envy! This is my favourite kind of place to swim because the surroundings are just so spectacular.

Anyone else ever been near Montpellier before? I'm constantly on the lookout for places to visit nearby!

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8 comments on "Daytripping in France: Saint-Guilhem-Le-Désert"
  1. OMG it's so beautiful!
    I went to a little French tea room in Leeds recently and had a galette for my lunch, I'd never heard of one before then but I was impressed, it tasted pretty healthy too!

    Chloe x

  2. Saint-Guilhem is one of my favourite places! Also pont du diable is my favourite "beach" spot around Montpellier. You're making me miss France a lot! When we lived in Montpellier, our trips included Pic St Loup for an amazing walk with amazing views (finished off with good wine!) and lots of little villages. Also Pont du Gard, which is a bit further but well worth a visit!

  3. I've been loving how authentic your posts are recently since your big move.

    A lot of people would say they're doing fine, adapting to a whole new world (basically), but you actually confess and admit to it being a strange/confusing time in your life and I love that. :)

  4. Wow this looks like something out of a fairytale! You are so lucky to be able to visit such beautiful places! Your photos are gorgeous! xx

  5. I've never seen them in England before, let alone in Leeds! I'll definitely have to try that out when I'm back :) x

  6. Oh really?! I haven't managed to head out there again to swim and sunbathe etc which is a shame :( I guess I'll just have to wait until next Summer, although it's still really sunny now! I went to visit Pont Du Gard with my family as well (day trips are so much easier with a car!) and it was stunning, but I haven't heard of Pic St Loup so will give that a google now! x

  7. That's such a compliment, so thank you! I genuinely don't think I could manage to pretend that it's all gone smoothly, and I definitely don't want anyone going into a situation like this to assume it's all going to be perfect! My posts are gradually getting more positive though haha! x

  8. It does doesn't it! I wish I had a car here because it makes day trips sooo much easier, but I'm still managing to get a few places in thankfully! x


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