Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Perpignan Nov 2004 - A Day trip to Cote Vermielle and Collioure

On another sunny day - pakdokter booked a coach-tour of the pretty southern coast of Languidoc Rousillon which stretched out to the south of Perpignan towards the border with Spain. This was a very scenic drive. First stop was to Banyuls-sur-Mer - famous for its vineyards producing very sweet Banyuls wines. A stop at a wine-tasting cellar was also included in the tour. The afternoon was filled up with the pretty drive along the cost, stopping a lovely villages and towns. The most beautiful stop was at the town of Collioure - a town with a lovely harbour, brilliant gaily painted fishing boats and colourful stuccoed houses and shophouses which inspired painters like Matisse, Picasso and others to make this place their objects of their paintings.
sunset over Perpignan

above: the houses in Collioure
the harbour at Collioure is flanked by the Chateau Royal,
by the Knights Templar in the 13th century..

Perpignan Nov 2004 - A Day Trip tomCote Vermeille and Collioure

Perpignan Nov 2004 - Figueres :The Dali Museum 11

Perpignan Nov 2004 - Figueres :The Dali Museum 1

Figueres is a small Spanish town just across the French border a short train-ride away from Perpignan. We took the local train to this town to visit the famous Salvador Dali Museum.