Featured Gay Accommodations: Cottages at Chesley Creek Farm, Dyke, Virginia

Author: , March 20th, 2015

Cottages at Chesley Creek Farm

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The Cottages at Chesley Creek Farm are romantic vacation rental cottages for two in the Blue Ridge Mountains, far away from the hustle and bustle; a place to commune with nature and unwind from the stress of city living, kids, and commitments.

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Montpellier, France, A Young, Mediterranean and Alive City

Author: , April 24th, 2011
by Richard & Frederic, Domaine de Monteils, Carnas, Languedoc Roussillon, France
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Neighboring the Provence area in southern France, and less than 3 hours from Barcelona and just 11 km from the Mediterranean Sea, Montpellier is the ideal place to discover a high-spirited city and some of the most prestigious world heritage sites.

A unique example of intelligent city planning in Europe, built by the world’s leading architects, Montpellier is a destination that is also rich with 1,000 years of history.

Here you’ll find over 70 fabulous interior courtyards in private mansions dating from the 16th to 20th centuries, the oldest still-operating medical school in the western world, medieval streets lined with boutiques of all kinds, where top international brands mingle with small boutiques that exude the charm of yesteryear.

A city with style!

Avant garde and open, Montpellier cultivates its difference and opens its arms to you. With one out of two residents under 35 years old, Montpellier is at the top of the list places where you don’t want to miss for partying and having fun.

As a result of Montpellier’s long university tradition, nearly 70,000 students reside in the immediate area. Because of this youthful influence, or rather thanks to it, there is an abundance of festivals, cafes and other encounters just waiting to happen.

Vibrant and active, Montpellier is a city that is simply alive and waiting to be discovered.

Historical center:

Walking through Montpellier’s historical center is like travelling through 1,000 years in time, from 985 to the seeds of the city’s future.
The city of Montpellier has kept the reminders of its past intact and proudly protects the symbols of every era.

The medieval mikve:

A ritual Jewish bath from the XIIIth century, the medieval Mikve shows the importance of Montpellier’s Jewish community

FISE 2011 : International Festival of Extreme Sports Festival

From Wednesday 1 june 2011 to Sunday 5 june 2011. This free event takes place right in downtown Montpellier, along the banks of the Lez River. Most of the structures are built half on land, half on the water.

Every year, the world’s top professionals get together for 5 wild days of skateboarding, roller-blading, BMX, snowboarding, and wakeboard. Nearly a thousand amateurs also come to measure their skills against the champions.

*The largest extreme sports event in Europe

  • Free, right in downtown Montpellier
  • Over 220,000 visitors expected
  • Pro riders from around the world
  • Some 40 exhibiters, so visitors can take home a souvenir or pick up something by leading street culture brands

Fabre Museum:

After three years of works, the Fabre Museum in the conurbation of Montpellier, newly refurbished and extended is re-opening its doors and exhibiting nearly 800 works in an area covering over 9.200m2**

You enter it by the inner court of the former Jesuit college.

It owes its origins to the Montpellier artist, Francois-Xavier Fabre, in 1825.

It is one of the biggest museums in France. It holds Flemish, Dutch, Italian, Spanish and French collections. Painters of the great European schools of the 16th to the 18th centuries (Zurbaran, Reynolds, Tenier, Veronese…) and of the French schools (Greuze, Ingres, Delacroix, Courbet, Bazille…), ceramics and sculptures, contemporary paintings.

Montpellier, violin-making capital:

Numerous luthiers have setup their workshops in the heart of Montpellier’s Sainte Anne neighbourhood, between the Conservatory of Music and the Carre Sainte Anne (former church now converted into an exhibition hall). Here talented artisans craft fine instruments to be distributed around the world. History

The first record of violin-makers in Montpellier dates back to 1768, when an anonymous luthier came from Italy to setup a musical instrument and repair shop. In 1792, there were five luthiers, including one woman, with workshops near the theatre, on the Grand Rue and next to the treasury building. By the 19th century this number had grown to over 15 shops selling instruments, though mostly focusing on repairing them. As the city grew, many luthiers moved to the outskirts.

With its wars, emergence of recorded music and new forms of leisure, the 20th century was hard on the profession.

Then local violin making took off again in the 1980’s. Today there are 9 luthiers in Montpellier, providing special orders as artisans and fine instrument-makers. This explains why they are somewhat “hidden” in workshops, rather than on display behind a boutique window.

A true gathering place for artists and creators, the Sainte Anne neighbourhood is also home to the International Music Academy of Montpellier. This organisation works to promote and teach musical culture by inviting reputed international professors to teach classes.

The oldest Faculty of medicine in France:

Forty years later, in 1220, the Faculty of Medicine was made official in Montpellier.

A new future for the city:

This new body was to change the city’s future and give it unprecedented international influence.

The Faculty did not have buildings of its own until the early 14th Century. Lectures were given in the Regent’s residence, while consultations were held in Saint Firmin church. Contemporary engravings in the Faculty’s anatomy museum show the realities of this teaching, with scenes of dissection being carried out in front of the students.

In 1340, the University founded an anatomy course, which soon made its reputation, attracting students from all over Europe.

The Botanical Garden:

The Montpellier Botanical Garden is one of the oldest in Europe.

It was created by order of Henri IV in 1593 for Pierre Richer de Belleval (1564-1632). At the time it served as a model for designing all the botanical gardens in France, including the one in Paris 40 years later.

Originally of limited size, the garden occupied around one hectare with one main butte – the “mountain” – plus some space for a plant collection. Over the years the garden area grew to include a systems school, an arboratum, and a landscaped park. Now the property of the University of Montpellier I, the garden is classified as a Historical Monument and Protected Site.

Where to stay:

30 minutes from Montpellier, we found this ancient wine chateau, where the time seems to pass slower. A dream place, surrounded by a parc of hundred years old pine trees and mediterranean flavors. Absolutly quiet, the domaine de Monteils looks like a little hamlet, with provencal atmosphere. Each of the 5 houses or apartments has an intimate private garden or terrace, with its own individual spa. The view extends to the surrounding vineyards and hills.

The accommodation is for 2 people only, which garantees the serenity of the place. The gites where created by an architect in an outstanding design style. Top of the range equipments: fully fitted kitchens, king size beds, WIFI, satellite HD TV on large screens. Rentals at cheap price : from 350 to 850 euros per week. http://www.gite-languedoc-provence.com