A large fort within a fort within a wall, within a city. Worth a hours visit, grat views of the city. Seems to be a popular palce for society weddings, Catalan brides dont go for the white dress as we do, or at leat the one we saw, she wore a beautiful silk creation incatalan colours.
Site of the annual jazz festival inSeptemebr.
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What´s your opinion about this...
What´s your opinion about this wonderful lot of
fruits and vegetables?. The picture was taken in
some street in the village named Agelers, good place
to enjoy the beach.
Don´t forget we are talking about a place near the
Mediterranean Sea, so the best place to enjoy the
' culture ' of the best mediterranean diet.
Here, there are the best wine, fruits and vegetables
to spend looooot of time in the table!!.
Come and enjoy the catalan kitchen, and don´t leave
without a bottle of excellent wine: Côtes du Roussillon or Côtes du Roussilon village, the Corbières, etc......
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Visit the castle
Palais des Rois de Majorque (Palace of the Kings of Majorca)
The palace / castle was built originally in 1276 and is very different from your typical French chateau of the period. That is because this was not France in 1276. It is easy to see the Spanish influence here.
There is information in English on opening and closing times and prices here:
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- Castles and Palaces
- Historical Travel
A day on 'Le Train Jaune'
I've visited the Pyrenees Orientale frequently over the past 6 years or so and have always wanted to take a trip on the famous "Train Jaune". Well, this year we finally dedicated a day for the experience. What an absolute waste of our time and money!!
The cabins were overcrowded and overly hot having no aircon and this was only made worse by the lack of any refreshments whatsoever, this theme is also continued at every station you pass.
This supposed "tourist attraction" has had many years to establish and perfect itself and to be frank, had I known how bad it was, they couldn't have payed me!!
DO NOT DO IT!!!!
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Walk around PERPIGNAN! The...
Walk around PERPIGNAN! The main square is the SQUARE OF EXCHANGE, where there are three very interesting buildings (from the architectural point of view) - the former SEA EXCHANGE (now there is a fast food restaurant in it), the MUNICIPALITY of the XVth century (rebuilt in Reneissance) and the DEPUTY BUILDING. In 1642 in the square there was a parade organized by LOUIS XIV in honour of capture of the city. The building of the EXCHANGE is decorated with chimeras serving as drain. You can see this building in the picture ABOVE. To the left - just a narrow street of Perpignan.
Perpignan is charming in summer, but too overcrowded.
Rent a boat & be the Captain!
Location de bateaux et de vedettes fluviales sans permis pour découvrir le Sud de la France & Canal du Midi
Renting a boat for enjoyable holiday on the canals in the south of France.
Base Fluviale CD 62 - 34280 CARNON - France
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I gather that Perpignan tore down its defensive walls some time ago, but they kept the main keep.
Note that the keep flies the flag of Catalonia, not France. I'm not sure why it doesn't fly both, but I found the sight a rather telling reminder that this part of France is also part of the Catalan area.
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The main church of PERPIGNAN...
The main church of PERPIGNAN - the CATHEDRAL OF SAINT JOHANN, reminds of the Cathedral in Girona (north of Spain).
Combines a lot of styles. It was built on the place of the Romanesque church of Saint Johann in Gothic style. Tha chapels were made in Baroque epoch, the bell-tower was attached in the XVIIIth century.
Le Musée de la chapellerie:...
Le Musée de la chapellerie:
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Outside the Cathedral of St. John
The materials used in creating the outside of the Cathedral of St. John are typical of this locality, far from the usual stone used in the North. The building is done with smooth rocks, pebbles and flat bricks. When it was built the site was close to the water edge and the shore. There was almost no external decoration and the windows are very narrow and not tall. The most outstanding outside adornment is a square tower at the southwest corner of the church and a 15C campanile within an elaborate 18C wrought iron cage. The entrance is covered by a slightly decorated statue of John the Baptist. To the left of the west side of the church is a Sanctuary, a remain of the earlier Romanesque cathedral built here, containing important items inside.
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Grottes de Clamouse
This was a great trip to do on a really hot day. Although we had to get in a hot stuffy coach to get up there in unbearable heat, once there, inside the caves, it was blessed cool! A bit like Cheddar Gorge.
The coolest lake on the planet
We were incredibly hot on the day of our visit, so when we drove past this lake with people swimming in it, we begged our driver to stop and let us swim. He was glad to, and I've never enjoyed a swim so much in my life!
These things aren't in...
These things aren't in Perpignan itself but are well worth the journey.
1. Tautavel - This is a cave where the found Tautavel man (I ibelieve he was around 40,000 years old, don't quote me!) The museum there is fascinationg and the landscape is breathtaking.
2. Gorges De Canalette (possibly wrong spelling) It's just down the road from Villefranche- du-Conflent and is a huge maze of underground caves with stalactites and stalagmites. It's also a great place to visit when it is baking outside as the temp. is always around 50-60 F.
3. Don't miss taking a drive through Corbieres for the free wine tasting dotted everywhere. Its always nice to try before you buy.
4. Actually, be sure to stop at a few Caves (wine sellers) no matter where you are. The Rivesaltes made only there is to die for and has a real taste of Catalan! Sunny and sweet!
I think The Roussillion area of France is the most interesting place I have ever been. There are things for everyone, museums, outdoor activities, cusine, the beach, history and culture. Basically you can find everything under the sun there.
- Wine Tasting
Have a closer look at the...
Have a closer look at the train station: In 1963 Dali had this revelation which made this place famous: Ce 19 septembre, j’ai eu à la gare de Perpignan une espèce d’extase cosmogonique plus forte que les précédentes. J’ai eu une vision exacte de la constitution de l’univers.
He suddenly realised that this little station was the center of the universe. Well, would be interesting to listen to a conversation between him and Copernicus. Which side are you on?
Enter the Ancient St.-Jean-le-Vieux
Part of the St. John's church is a section of the earlier Ancient version finished in 1025. In a special place therein is a chapel containing the most cherished relic in the church, an early 1307 Devout Christ Wooden Crucifix. Also in this area is a marble tomb of 17C Bishop Louis Montmort and a revered Virgin and Child of that period and other items
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