Wehappened across this group while we were strolling the esplanade. They weren't that great of musicians, but they relly looked like they were having fun. Quite a few people stopped to watch them. If you look closely you can see that several are in light costume, such a devil's horns on their heads, odd caps and such.
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Although I'm not sure where the borders of Catalonian culture and language end, it seems that Perpignan has something of the Catalan tradition. Frequently, you see the Catalan flag, and many shops offer Catalan specialties. Even though you are under the tricolor, there are many tapas bars.
Catalan culture seems to be presented slightly differently here than on the Spanish side of the border. There is something a bit "arranged" or maybe forced. It doesn't have aquite the same natural feel to it. Only on a few occasions did I overhear conversations in Catalan. Most people preferred to talk in French.
I tended to the opinion that Catalan culture was something of a marketable tourist draw. Definitely, there is native Catalan culture here, but in my brief glimpse I tended to think it's something they play up.
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A visit to the city of...
A visit to the city of Perpignan open you a door
to start the knowledge of two cultures which had
in Perpignan and its surrounding areas many importance,
one, the world of the catars, is the history of
thousand of people who died for their mystic and
beatiful ideas against a kind of religion build
between gold and misery......
The other culture still is alive: The catalans are
today people with their own culture and language,
living between Spain and France. Not far from
Perpignan you can visit the heart of the catalan culture in the south of France: The monastery of
Canigó. Placed in the meddle of the Pirenees, is
really an exciting place to spend one or more days.
The picture is took in the autumn, perhaps the best
time to visit it.
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