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May 14, 2018 - Sauf Lundi!

'Framed by the peaks of the Pyrenees, Perpignan radiates out from the tight knot of the old town's warren of alleys, palm-shaded squares and shabby tenements painted in shades of lemon, peach and tangerine.' - the Lonely Planet description for Perpignan pretty much sums it up. After sadly bidding farewell to Barcelona, peppered by cafes, bars, bakeries or florists on every corner, we boarded our bus for France. As we neared the border of Spain and France, we were all checked for ID by the gendarme . Good thing we had passports handy as we...

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Helen in Europe

Jun 12, 2017 - Perpignan

Day 25 - Mon 12 Jun 17 It was just after 0100hrs when I awoke and Kaye, who couldn't get to sleep, reminded me that I wanted a photo of the Viaduct under lights. I put on my shoes, staggered to the edge of the cliff to see nothing but red flashing aircraft warning lights; I had missed my opportunity, back to bed! We had breakfast on the cliff edge, overlooking the Viaduct, with a couple from Belgium. He spoke English and the conversation was quite pleasant. We paid our account, in the required means of cash and departed soon after 0915hrs...

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May 20, 2017 - The Journey to Perpignan

On time at 0850 hrs , neighbour Russell picked us up from home and dropped us at the Virgin terminal for our 1005hrs flight to Sydney. Our bags were booked to Sydney to ensure we retained control of their transfer to Singapore Airlines. We transferred from Domestic by the T Bus and completed the usual smooth checkin with Singapore before clearing immigration and security. Arrangements at Sydney have improved considerably for these tasks. As our boarding time was not until 1400hrs, we walked the improved retail area in the international...

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May 16, 2015 - Perpignan, France

Leaving Barcelona and heading out of town for a partially planned weekend – well I had somewhere to sleep the night but the rest of the weekend was up for grabs, so I drove where the road took me. Passing through one of the oddest Toll charges of 1.61 euro and then on through the cooler climes around Girona and on towards the Border between Spain and France and the large columns that give it away- that is if you have missed the big signs and the 10 different Customs cars with the Spanish, Catalan and French names emblazoned on their...

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Jul 7, 2013 - Canet en Rousillon -day 2

This morning we took the bus back to Perpignan to pick up our rental car. The car is a cute, new, blue Renault and Tim is having fun driving standard again. We decided to pay the extra amount and get a GPS. It took us a little while to figure out how to change the voice and display to English, but we did it and we found our way back to Malibu Village where we are staying this week. After a nap we drove to the beach and swam in the Mediterranean! It was cold! I thought it would be warm. The beach is very popular - lots of people. We found a...

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France July 2013

Jul 7, 2013 - Trip to Perpignan-written yesterday

Well, the great adventure continued today with a trip to Gare de Lyon (train station) in Paris to validate out rail passes and catch a train south to Perpignan. It was a very busy station but there were many people in red vests wandering around ready to answer questions and direct you to where you needed to be. I was very impressed. Everything went smoothly. We were in first class so it was quiet and comfy. Within a few hours things looked Mediterranean. Perpignan was the last stop. We found our way to the bus stop and waited for #6. When...

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France July 2013

Oct 26, 2012 - Perpignan, France

Had a bright sunny apartment in Perpignan a few minutes from the train station and about 5 minutes to town centre. After a balmy day on arrival, a vicious northerly gale (55kph) hit and hung around for 2 days. Even though the skies remained beautifully blue it was very cold and hidious to walk around in. Day three, the wind had dropped so we took a bus out to the coast to Canet. Probably a 10 minute drive in a car but 45 in the bus which only cost 1 Euro each way. What a beautiful beach. Not many people around but you could see in summer...

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Europe 2012

Jul 30, 2011 - Perpignan and laundry

Saturday was our day for the Catalan city of Perpignan, the nearest big city and one we had only skirted around going to and from Barcelona. We were only really interested in visiting the old town and I foolishly thought if we drove around we would simply land in the middle. Not! Rather we found ourselves heading out of town so decided to reverse the order of the day’s plan and go to the beach first. Argelés sur Mere was recommended by Val and John so off we went. Well not so fast there! Too quickly we were part of a crawl of traffic for...

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Apr 15, 2011 - Heading to the cruise ship

The kids finished their next 6 weeks of school, so it was time for another 2 weeks of vacation. We had had 5 great weeks of visitors, but have now seen most of Aix. So it was time to start exploring. We have a cruise booked starting Saturday in Barcelona. So we picked the kids up from school and started driving toward Spain. A nice little Petit Déjeuner roadside motel made for a good overnight destination. 3 Euros for a buffet breakfast for the kids is a deal. Have we mentioned www.booking.com? It lets you search for hotels that actually...

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Oct 30, 2010 - Perpignan

We are up and out of Sitges early, heading north towards France. The topography has changed considerably with the Pyrenees and the growth of trees. We stop at Figueres to see the largest surrealistic object in the world: Salvador Dali’s personal museum. It opened in 1974; the Dalí Theatre-Museum was built upon the remains of the former Figueres theatre. It contains the broadest range of works spanning the artistic career of Salvador Dalí (1904-1989), from his earliest artistic experiences and his surrealist creations down to the works of...

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Sep 29, 2010 - paris to barcelona

Our wonderful plan of having a sleeper to Barcelona, complete with shower and toilet, and arriving refreshed in the morning ready and raring to go, didn't quite work out. we arrived early at the station be told there was a general strike in Spain on our day of arrival . We were asked to wait as they hoped to come up with an alternative. While we waited we found a few other english speaking people an Australian mum dad with two primary school aged children, and two Americans. As only one official spoke English, and not too well, we all put...

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Jul 9, 2009 - Moving South !!

On the road again -- I decided to stay another day (wednesday) at the lake side sun and the constant breeze proved a great laundry opportunity !! So great day relaxing reading and HEY I GOT HOT WATER -- eating great food and finishing my wine stocks -- Need to replace ! This morning my newly invented shower dance was useless -- ( the shower dance is done when you are naked and in a 24"Long and 12 "wide shower tray that has a drain at one end and the Van is angled in such a way that the water is at teh other -- So you take your right foot...

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