It is October. We are lucky to have good weather for this trip in Southern France. We first have a short visit in Perpignan.
“Perpignan is a southern French city near the Mediterranean coast and the border with Spain. It was the capital of the Kingdom of Majorca during the 13th century, and a significant Catalan influence is evident in its medieval core.”
In the hall of the City hall, we see a sculpture of Aristide Maillot called The Méditerranée.
I enjoy walking in the city, looking at the buildings.
We visit the church – église Saint-Jean.
Porte Notre-Dame. (below)
Soon it is time for lunch and then more km ( by car) to get to Collioure where we are going to spend the night.
“Collioure is a town on the Mediterranean coast of southern France. On the sea, the medieval Château Royal de Collioure offers dramatic coastal views. The bell tower of 17th-century Notre-Dame-des-Anges Church was once a lighthouse. The Modern Art Museum includes paintings by Henri Matisse.”
Collioure is a very charming seaside village who offers 31 flavors of pastel houses and 6 petite pebbled beaches.
It is good to take our time and capture all this. We also take a ride with “le petit train” to see the view from the hill top.
We can see the windmill built in 1344 originally used for grain but today it grinds out olive oil.
Charming village. We have sangria made with local wine.
Collioure is only 24km/15 miles from the Spanish border and shares a common history and independent attitude with its Catalan siblings across the border.
The story will continue next week. Thanks for reading and comments.