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Europe » France » Languedoc-Roussillon » Perpignan September 12th 2017

Didn’t rush to start our day as still waiting for the Ensoleillé we had been promised but which until almost noon was more likeÉclaircies and accompanied by a pretty wild wind up there scudding the clouds around to block the sun. Kisbee was ready so we set off to Perpignan with a plan to avoid the dual carriageway we came in on and to use a quieter road. We ended up following a cycle route which took us what seemed to be a long way round, along a lot of vineyards and eventually into Perpignan centre. At which point all sensible road directions vanished. We missed a right turn signposted to the centre and ended up in a slow crawl of traffic, no idea which direction we were heading as signs useless. Eventually took a turn ... read more
Eglise Saint-Matthieu
Palace of Kings of Majorca
cathedral

Europe » France » Languedoc-Roussillon » Perpignan March 3rd 2016

I recently had the most amazing experience at the Eastern Pyrénées Ride near the village Opoul Perillos. It was the most refreshing trip I have ever had, I surely will never forget any single moment spent up on that trail. I was lucky enough to get the booking early summer, in June so the temperatures were really cool and allowed for long ridding hours on the trail. Also, since it was summer I managed to squeeze in some swimming in between the ridding sessions. One advantage I had was that someone told me to prepare myself for a real difficult time as the Eastern Pyrénées Ride terrain is a bit challenging. So I prepared in advance by doing some intense physicals and cardio in the gym. I arrived at the Catalonia airport late Thursday afternoon and ... read more
Rue Pierre Estirach
Vineyards
Lonely tree

Europe » France » Languedoc-Roussillon » Perpignan February 7th 2013

Welcome to Perpignan (or so it seemed)! Glad to have escaped the threat of being stranded due to record snowfall in the Pyrenees, the prospect of arriving in Perpignan was a welcome one to say the least. The colourful modern exterior of (the rear of) the city's main train station was the first sight witnessed, and the task of booking an onward rail ticket to Toulouse and finding a place to stay the night on a low budget (35 euros, in this case), was rendered easy by the options available. Since this stay in Perpignan was destined to be two half days either side of an overnight stay, some serious exploration was to be done in that time frame, and happily, the city is just about as walkable as it gets for French cities, and armed ... read more
Evening canal view (Perpignan; France)
Trainstation (Perpignan; France)
City spot (Perpignan; France)

Europe » France » Languedoc-Roussillon » Perpignan July 19th 2012

Sorry, been without internet access for a while! Will get up to date over the next few days... From Carcassone we did a stop at Torreilles Plague, about 10k down from old Port Leucate then went on to Leucate , It was on a lovely beach, not at all crowded, and in the evening had a lovely meal at a beach side restaurant. The campsite left a bit to be desired though, very small pitches, but it was a very enjoyable stay.... read more

Europe » France » Languedoc-Roussillon » Perpignan July 6th 2012

We have settled into our hotel in Perpignan and are about to go out to look for a restaurant from the many that line the canal near the hotel. Before that I must tell you about our adventure today. It really was unexpected. At breakfast today before we left the bed and breakfast in Quillan, we met an interesting well travelled English couple who inquired of us whether we were going to go over the mountains to Figuerues, Spain instead of the regular route via Perpignan. Our original plan was to first check into the hotel in Perpignan then cross the border into Spain to visit the famous Salvador Dali Museum in Figuerues as it was less than an hour away. Well, we decided to do the reverse and instead go over the Pyrenees into Figuereus ... read more
Lady conductor
Norm & Jenny
Rog & Gee in Paris

Europe » France » Languedoc-Roussillon » Perpignan May 22nd 2011

Geo: 42.7016, 2.89415 GUN23 Günlerden PAZAR Sabah erkenden uyandım.. Çok rüzgarlı bir gece geçirdik ..dün akşam üstü başladı.. Sordum .....meşhur "Mistral" rüzgarı buymuş.. Bazılarına göre, bir kısım insanı deli ediyormuş.. İfadeye göre üç gün sürer ve kesermiş … Eğer devam ederse bir 3 gün daha esermiş.. Sizin anlayacağınız potları üçlük… Dün gece eski patronum Müfit rüyama girdi.. Bir mesaj çektim .. Bu arada büyük kızım bir aktivist ve memleketi kurtarmak üzere, taa Hasankeyf ten Ankara ya yürüyor, bir takım eylemcilerle.. Haber geldi gezisi bitmiş.. Ankara'ya sokmamışlar.. Onlar da gerekli izni almamışlar …falan filan… Severim böyle planlı programlı işleri… Sen, Hasankeyf'ten Ankara'ya yürüyeceksin fakat kente girmek için gerekli izinleri almıy... read more
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 dünyanın merkezi )))
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Europe » France » Languedoc-Roussillon » Perpignan May 18th 2011

Bon, allons-y pour la suite… La voiture dont nous disposons dans notre échange étant une petite C2, nous avons choisi de profiter de la Hyundai louée par Susan et Denis, dans laquelle nous étions beaucoup plus confortables pour voyager à quatre. Nos premiers plans étaient de voir Sète, Perpignan et Collioure, mais c’était un peu serré à l’intérieur des 2 jours (en fait, presque 3) dont nous disposions. Charles et moi y ferons sûrement un saut d’ici notre départ. Nous avons donc longé la côte de la Méditerranée jusqu’à Collioure, l’heure étant propice à un arrêt prolongé pour l’heure du lunch. Nous nous sommes installés à une petite terrasse sur la rive droite du canal de Sète où, ma foi, nous aurions pu nous sentir plus dans la misère… La vue sur les bateaux, la bonne ... read more
Plusieurs ponts enjambent le canal
La Basse, Perpignan
Autre vue de La Basse

Europe » France » Languedoc-Roussillon » Perpignan September 5th 2010

In Perpignan to be exact. Actually in North Perpignan to be exacter. To be exactest I am in the Ibis hotel in the middle of a hotel district, which has all the charm of a parking lot really. Arrived just after half seven after another 8 hours of cycling (115 miles) in 30+ degrees, saying my final farewell to the Pyrenees with another couple of climbs. Andorra is genuinely just one long hill, topping out at 2,400m with an amazing 30km descent into Ax les Thermes once you're over the French border. My triumphant 100km descent into Perpignan didn't quite pan out as expected, partly because I didn't pay enough attention to the profile of the map beforehand, but primarily due to a strengthening easterly breeze. In the end I was struggling to keep pace with ... read more
Perpignan to Montpellier 2
Perpignan to Montpellier 3

Europe » France » Languedoc-Roussillon » Perpignan April 19th 2010

Hi Folks After two days waiting to see if flights would go ahead decided to cancel and request the money back from easyjet an easy task you would think, how wrong was that thought, numerous e-mails, several phone calls eventually got them to agree refund on 5th May some three weeks later, spitting feathers mental note remember not to send Stelious xmas card. Rant over. Headed of to San Jordie staying on a Golf course gander free I may add. Booked and played golf enjoyed so much stayed for three nights. Had to take Eunice to hospital not well, what a service not a word used hand signs and signals. Full check up all within 3 hours would have taken months on NHS, respect Spanish health service well done, many thanks. Eunice given medication and told ... read more
Eunice at play
Only a par
Starting to get a complex

Europe » France » Languedoc-Roussillon » Perpignan April 7th 2010

Wednesday, April 7 We all rose around 6am chez Christine and packed the car to leave. I met Joachim's two sons: Julien and Jonathon, who are both very handsome and around my age. Here are the cast of this great adventure: Adults (aka old people) Christine Joachim (Christine's friend) Fanny (Joachim's girlfriend) Isabelle (Christine's friend) Josette (Christine's friend) Lola (Pierre-Jean's Spanish host mom) Amigos de Vacanzia! (aka young people) Me Cyntia Rejane (Isabelle's daughter) Julien (Joachim's son) Jonathon (Joachim's son) Paco (Lola's 13 year old son) Pierre-Jean (Christine's son) Without much delay, we all hit the road in our three car... read more
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