Join us as Chicago State professor and local food geographer Daniel Block discusses his time spent during winter 2019-2020 working, researching, and exploring southern France. Block lived in Montpellier for the winter, living in the university city of Montpellier, near the Mediterranean, in a house with a French roommate. He spent days researching street food, and the history of street food in Montpellier, and explored the surrounding Languedoc area, including historic cities such as Nimes, Beziers, Sete, and Carcassonne, on weekends, as well as some a few excursions outside of the area. Along the way he encountered obstacles such as a long national strike, which constrained his travel, and then the looming COVID pandemic, which forced him to leave early and quickly. He will share photos and thoughts on current and historical French street food, southern French life, and the race back to the US before the borders closed.