Pleasingly Perpignan: Perpignan, France

10.9.14

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Perpignan, the first city we stayed at in France. We really fell in love with this quaint, laid-back city of only 118,000 people. We arrived in the early evening, later than planned, due to we think a landslide on the train track. This caused the train ride to turn into a train/bus ride so we had a little adventure.  We were greeted by our host who told us that the local market closed in half an hour so if we wanted some wine for the evening we better go quickly – we did and not to our surprise, it was about a 3 minute walk and the selection was great. We were also hungry so our host recommended a good and cheap Indian restaurant just around the corner from our apartment in the other direction we went for wine. Again, 3 minute walk to a little plaza with trees surrounded by some cafes, bars and restaurants, including our Indian restaurant where Nancy and I had the best chicken tikka masala and rice we had ever tasted! The night was warm so we sat outside just watching the activity of the tiny plaza as people strolled about and interacted with one another.

On our first day we went to the closest larger plaza where there was a farmer’s market.  We walked up and down the aisles of the vendors admiring all the fresh produce, local meats, cheeses and wines. We scored a nice little supply of fresh goods including organic vegetables, artisanal cheese and wine, eggs and an extremely delicious little leek quiche that we shared when we got back to our new temporary home.

Our studio apartment was in a “working class” neighborhood with adults and children constantly on the go. It was definitely a little on the noisier side as all the apartment buildings were close together, side by side and across – it was all part of the experience. I particularly enjoyed pulling the wood shutters closed before going to bed each night.

Over the 3 days we were in Perpignan, we meandered all through the main, inner city which was very easy to navigate, lots of fun little shops and plenty of food fare to choose from. We went into a very old cathedral and took in all the ornate beauty that was all around us – there was even a large pipe organ in this cathedral and was being played while we were there, the acoustics were amazing! It was both enjoyable and unnerving at the same time the way churches can seem…for us at least.

There was a lovely water canal running the outer length of the city that was lined with trees and buildings, it created a nice walking atmosphere up and down each side as we took in all the sights. The only “bad” thing we can say about our time in Perpignan was that people did not pick up after their dogs consistently so you need to make sure you are looking down for poop as you are looking up at all the good stuff! The temperature while in Perpignan was pretty much at 73/74 F, very comfortable for the beginning of October compared to back home this time of year.

One day we took the bus to Collioure, a beautiful vacation town about 25 miles from Perpignan. We had gone to the office of tourism the day before to learn which bus to take there and we did it with no problem. It was a very enjoyable ride in a comfortable, large bus that allowed us to relax and enjoy some different surrounding scenery – the bus cost only 1 Euro apiece each way!

Here are some photos to enjoy showcasing our time in Perpignan.

This cheese man made some really tasty mold!

This cheese man made some really tasty mold!

Here is the cheese mans best stuff.  The smaller block in front was a younger, more mild cheese while the bigger piece in back had more aging and a stronger flavor...we went for the mature cheese of course!

Here is the cheese mans best stuff. The smaller block in front was a younger, more mild cheese while the bigger piece in back had more aging and a stronger flavor…we went for the mature cheese of course!

Here's our market booty we scored -- all for $23 USD

Here’s our market booty — all for $23 USD

This was our apartment building, we were the middle row of blue 2 shutters/windows on the corner

This was our apartment building, we were the middle row of blue 2 shutters/windows on the corner

Canal running on outer skirt of city center -- a very enjoyable walk.

Canal running on outskirts of the city center — a very enjoyable walk.

I never tire of these quaint postcard streets.  This one was on our day trip to Collier.

I never tire of these quaint postcard streets. This one was on our day trip to Collioure.

These vegetable growers had the longest line waiting to buy produce so we figured they had the best stuff so we got in line...we now know why there line was so long -- tasty!

These vegetable growers had the longest line waiting to buy produce so we figured they had the best stuff, so we got in line…we now know why their line was so long — tasty!

This was our street

This was our street

The weather was still warm enough that we saw some swimmers and snorkelers enjoying this protected bay.

The weather was still warm enough that we saw some swimmers and snorkelers enjoying this protected bay.

Looking out onto the bay when we arrived in Collier

Looking out onto the bay when we arrived in Collioure.

 

One thought on “Pleasingly Perpignan: Perpignan, France

  1. Therese

    Is there a pleasant way to say I’m envious?? It looks and sounds so lovely! Keep on sending these posts we are really enjoying them. 🐱

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