My second day in France started in grandeur with a tour of the French Parliament at the Palais Bourbon and a meeting with Parliamentarian Hubert Julien-Laferrier (member of the Generation Ecologie party).
It was impossible not to be impressed with such a salubrious venue, especially the stunning library, and Deputy Laferrier gave me some interesting insights into climate politics and public awareness of climate change in France.
After my final meeting of the day, I jumped on a high speed TGV train from Paris to Montpellier, traveling 750km in just 3.5 hours, reaching speeds of 350km/hr! It would have taken me 8 hours to do the same journey by car. It definitely now ranks as my favorite form of travel, made even better by my guide’s wise decision to bring snacks, whiskey and Christmas lights for our table!
Tomorrow, I get back to my roots with a tour of various agricultural research endeavours around Montpellier in the rain.