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How Is Montpellier as an Alternative to Paris?

How Is Montpellier as an Alternative to Paris?

May 26th, 2012, 11:00 AM
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"I think you might be happy in any of the 3 other towns that are less expensive. I have close friends living in the area near Béziers and it is quite vibrant and the weather is exceptional."

Thank you, 1994. This is helpful information.
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May 26th, 2012, 11:04 AM
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"I think Montpellier would be a splendid place to live. ..."

Thank you, uhoh_busted. You've understood what I was asking and why I was asking it, and you've given me helpful responses.

I appreciate it.
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May 26th, 2012, 11:05 AM
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"The Wikipedia says it's the 8th largest city, but I really have no idea."

Well you should if you're planning to live in France
You are confusing the population of a city (240,000 for Montpellier - 8th in France) and the population of a city + suburbs + urban area (agglomération urbaine - 543,000 - 15th rank).
Paris (city) : 2,2 million people
Agglomération urbaine : 12 millions.
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May 26th, 2012, 11:05 AM
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ah - crossed posts I notice. We spent a month near Perpignan in 2010 and really were impressed with the region. We went in November, and totally loved it. (We picked a month that purposely wouldn't have the greatest weather...and were pleasantly surprised.) We've been through on trips before (usually starting or ending in Paris, and in May). For this trip we flew in and out of Barcelona.

There IS a fairly active and apparently welcoming expat community. You build a wealth of information if you spent 10 days-2 weeks in the region to see if it indeed would be a viable alternative for you to Paris.

What we liked most was that the various cities and towns seemed to be filled with all ages, obviously with younger people, and did not empty out when it wasn't "market day," which we'd noticed in other parts of France (regarding pretty little towns, not cities).
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May 26th, 2012, 11:07 AM
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(I meant to suggest you COULD build a wealth of information in 10+ days...)
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May 26th, 2012, 11:31 AM
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Ah, didn't realize I'd have to do homework to know what was going on.
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May 26th, 2012, 12:07 PM
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"Ah, didn't realize I'd have to do homework to know what was going on."

Well, the alternatives would have been me explaining everything I had said on the French Nationals thread because you of course did not know any of it since you hadn't seen it, or ignoring your question. Those were the two additional choices to the third choice that I made, which was to direct you to the French Nationals thread.
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May 26th, 2012, 12:08 PM
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French Nationality thread, not Nationals. Sometimes neither sleep nor coffee help.
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May 26th, 2012, 12:13 PM
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"Well you should if you're planning to live in France "

Yes, which was why I went to Wikipedia, to get an idea.

"You are confusing the population of a city (240,000 for Montpellier - 8th in France) and the population of a city + suburbs + urban area (agglomération urbaine - 543,000 - 15th rank)."

Actually, no I'm not. Wikipedia is apparently confusing "the population of a city..." etc., etc., not me.

And if I type anything more, this comment will become obnoxiously sarcastic, so perhaps we can agree to move on?
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May 26th, 2012, 12:18 PM
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"There IS a fairly active and apparently welcoming expat community."

It can be, yes. I appreciate the information you've given me.
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May 26th, 2012, 12:30 PM
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"And if I type anything more, this comment will become obnoxiously sarcastic, so perhaps we can agree to move on?"

I was pointing out the difference in size between the 2 cities you mention: Paris and Montpellier. It might be useful to know - in the event you move to Montpellier - that you are not going to live in a metropolis of half a million people. Sorry if you took it badly. You seem to have a knack for putting off people who are trying to help.
Lesson learned.
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May 26th, 2012, 12:55 PM
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"Sorry if you took it badly. You seem to have a knack for putting off people who are trying to help."

Here was my response to your first comment about Montpellier's population (with which I had no problem):

"Well, according to Wikipedia, the estimated population in 2008 was 533,000. But that's for what Wikipedia calls "the metropolitan area."

Note my "But that's for what Wikipedia calls 'the metropolitan area.' "

Here was your reply to the above:

"In which case Montpellier is 15th in France."

Since I had pointed out Wikipedia's figure was for the metropolitan area -- implying, but not explicitly stating, not the city itself -- and since Wikipedia had also said it was the 8th largest city, and since you now said the population of the metropolitan area made it the 15th, rather than the 18th, largest city in France, I replied, "Well, who knows. The Wikipedia says it's the 8th largest city, but I really have no idea."

That was a little flippant. I was feeling frustrated at what felt like we were talking past each other.

The next reply you made was this one:

"Well you should if you're planning to live in France
You are confusing the population of a city (240,000 for Montpellier - 8th in France) and the population of a city + suburbs + urban area (agglomération urbaine - 543,000 - 15th rank).
Paris (city) : 2,2 million people
Agglomération urbaine : 12 millions."

This made me feel that I was being faulted and even laughed at (your icon) for not wanting to know the accurate figures for Montpellier's population, which did not feel true to me, since I had gotten the information from Wikipedia, which meant that I did have some desire to obtain accurate population figures.

That's why I then replied, "Yes, which was why I went to Wikipedia, to get an idea," and "Actually, no I'm not. Wikipedia is apparently confusing "the population of a city..." etc., etc., not me.

And if I type anything more, this comment will become obnoxiously sarcastic, so perhaps we can agree to move on?"

In retrospect, I should probably have skipped that second paragraph and just left it at the paragraph in which I wrote, "Actually, no I'm not, etc."

I had and have no problem with being given the correct information. Thank you for providing that correct information.

Can we move on now?
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May 26th, 2012, 12:59 PM
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"Can we move on now?"

Yes. Looking forward to your next thread. "How is Marseilles (or Lyons, Nantes, Rennes, Toulouse etc...' as an alternative to Paris?"
BTW my "icon" was a smiley.
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May 26th, 2012, 01:12 PM
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"Can we move on now?"

What do you mean ?

Several posters on both the threads, who have given information that seems to have caused controversy, actually live in France. At least one of them IS French. They have all taken a lot of time to try to help you Katkat.

Perhaps you will disagree, but these posters have endless information regarding life in France. Those of us who moved here from America can offer our own experiences (with the hope of helping you) and those who are French can offer even more valuable info. on the country and it's services.

Telling them off would be unfortunate as it would surely send them packing. I'm not sure if that is what you intend or not.

Someone in one of these threads (I've lost track), suggested you post on an expat forum. I think this is a really good idea. Fodor's is a travel forum. Most folks posting here have not immigrated to France. Not that they don't have good information to offer, but the expat forums will have a lot more. Here are a couple you could consider:

http://services.completefrance.com/F...nce/CS/forums/

http://www.france-forum-frenchentree.com/index.php

There are others, but I think these two are the better choices.
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May 26th, 2012, 01:21 PM
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"BTW my "icon" was a smiley."

No, it was laughing out loud. It was this: . But I'm guessing now, since you said the above, that was a typo. You meant only one parenthesis at the end, not two.

Miscommunication. Misunderstanding.
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May 26th, 2012, 01:23 PM
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"Looking forward to your next thread. "How is Marseilles (or Lyons, Nantes, Rennes, Toulouse etc...' as an alternative to Paris?""

Not now that you've guessed! That would be too predictable. (smiley).
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May 26th, 2012, 01:25 PM
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"Several posters on both the threads, who have given information that seems to have caused controversy, actually live in France. At least one of them IS French. They have all taken a lot of time to try to help you Katkat."

Your comment above probably crossed with my and Pvoyageuse's most recent. She (or he) are good now. Brief thunder squall over.
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May 26th, 2012, 01:26 PM
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Jesus Christ. I meant to type, "She (or he) AND ME are good now."
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May 26th, 2012, 01:27 PM
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Okay, but I still think you'll get LOTS of information from the two links I posted. Information from a lot of people who have done exactly what you are dreaming of doing - with both good and bad results.
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May 26th, 2012, 01:29 PM
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"They have all taken a lot of time to try to help you Katkat."

Yes, they have.

"I'm not sure if that is what you intend or not."

It is not.

"Someone in one of these threads (I've lost track), suggested you post on an expat forum. I think this is a really good idea."

Already done. In the last couple of days, I have signed up with ExpatForum and with ExpatExchange and with SurviveFrance.

You make good points. Thank you.
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