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The track offers splendid view as it follows the rugged coastline and is very popular to explore amongst visitors to this region by the foot of the Pyrenees.
May 28, 2014
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May 26, 2014
The folklore group le Forment de Perpinya presented a formidable show yesterday in the small village Collioure.
May 24, 2014
May 23, 2014
Chateau Royale in Collioure, South of France
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Above the morning as seen from our balcony/room
May 12, 2014
and then back to Collioure.
In this photo a display of the big fortifcation Fort Lagarde. Symbol of Royal power, the fortress looks down upon the fortified town, originally built to keep watch over the frontier. At the heart of the monument is a mediaeval signal tower, surrounded by a dungeon and reinforced by Vauban in 1686..
In the narrow cobbled medival streets the madam finds many shops selling local souvernirs and art details.
In this cosy, more modern plaza in the village there is good opportunity for a great French/Catalan lunch
May 11, 2014
Catalan weekend tour: Collioure - Ceret - Prats de Molle La Preste
(all in French Catalonia. For the rest of the tour it will be: Spanish Catalonia ):
Molló - Camprodon - Castellfollit de La Roca - Besalu and then back to Collioure.
Up inn the hills beyond the Mediterranian, near the border to Spain you will find the village Ceret - super big supplier of Cherries,
Each Saturday a part of the village streets are at the disposal for the market - filling the streets with all kind of goods for sale - lots of visitors - a real big market day.
This photo from yesterday as we stopped on our way up in the Pyreenes...
... And below - in more peaceful sourrondings as the madam prepare a simple lunch further up in the valley:
May 10, 2014
May 9, 2014
Lazy days in South of France (2 photos stitched)
We are hiking along the coast track - sentier Littoral - between Collioure and Port-Vendres when we pass this little bay a day in May.
A woman is having her sunbath amongst the cliffs to the left, while some small boats is having their lunch date at sea. In the back some ruined remains of an old fortification dating many years back in time. It is a fine day with sun and pleasant temperature for our hike - another ordinaire day in South of France....
May 8, 2014
After hiking around some salt lakes by the small village Peyriac de mer in Languedoc-Rousillon the small open place outside the village church with some cafe's is perfect for some soft drinks in the afternoon.
2 photos vertically stitched
May 7, 2014
May 5, 2014
The month of May with all the flowers and aromas of the spring is always something to look forward to in South of France.
It is a track going around the artificial lake Raho that takes app. 2 hrs. to walk - a well spent time....
From the net:
Lake Raho near Perpignan in South of France.
Originally created in the 70s as a reservoir to supply local agriculture, the lake at
Villeneuve-de-la-Raho quickly became a leisure area for sailing, fishing and sunbathing on the beaches specially created to accommodate the growing number of locals and tourists attracted to it for its easy access.
Only 15 minutes from Perpignan centre (direction Porte Espagne/Barcelona) this lake is used all year round for walkers and joggers and also provides the water necessary in case of forest fires.
May 4, 2014
On top of the hill right behind our apartment in South of France we will find the old small fortification Fort St. Elme.
Every time we stay here we use the first morning after our arrival to hike up to the summit and the Fort to enjoy the magnificent vista over the large Rousillon plain stretching out behind our village Collioure to be seen in the foreground.
May 3, 2014
A school class had a day off visiting the beaches in the small village Collioure, not far from the Spanish border.
When going back to the bus through the crowded streets the small people in the class all kept a hand to the back of their friends in front of them - as you can see in this photo.
They all walked in good spirit even having time to offer a smile to a bypassing photog.
French school system from the net:
Schooling in France is mandatory as of age 6, the first year of primary school. Almost all the parents start sending their children earlier though, at age 3 as nursery classes (maternelle) are usually affiliated to a borough's primary school. Some even start earlier at age 2 in pré-maternelle or très petite section classes( which are essentially daycare centres), but they are a minority (11%). The last year of maternelle, grande section is an important step in the educational process as it is the year in which pupils are introduced to reading.