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Pyrénées-Orientales

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  • Day565

    Cerbère layby

    January 12 in France

    With a croissant from the local boulangerie settling nicely in our stomachs we began the 80km drive towards the Spanish border. Although we haven't been going flat out it has taken us a week since leaving Will's sister's in Orpington to reach this point. We could have sailed directly from the UK to Spain but it would have meant putting Poppy in the ship kennels for a considerable length of time and we weren't prepered to do that to our highly anxious rescue dog.

    On today's drive we followed the path of an estuary for a while before the road ran parallel to train tracks. All of a sudden the distant band of mountains we'd watched the sun rise over appeared much larger. Many were in silhouette but some were snowcapped and dramatic. The physical barrier of the Pyrenees led inland from the Mediterranean Sea, stretching right the way to the Atlantic Ocean on the other side of the French/Spanish land mass.

    After a detour to pick up supplies from Lidl (the French E.Leclerc supermarché had height barriers 😤) the van was climbing through mountain valleys. We had chosen to take the coast road and were so glad we did! The weather still being bright and windy, we were afforded stunning views of the sparkling azure sea flecked white with breaking waves. The route was steep and winding as it took us round headlands and into deeply indented coves where pale villages with terracotta rooftops clung to the valley sides.

    Even at this time of year the earth and grasses appeared scorched. Prickly Pear cacti grew wild outside the stoney terraced vineyards. We really did feel like we'd entered a different world. The stopover Will had found on Park4Night was amazing. A large fenced off layby above the picturesque village of Cerbère, it was inside a cove with a view down the precipitous rocky slope to the wild sea. The sun was shining brightly when we arrived and the view was so beautiful it was difficult not to pop with happiness!

    After lunch we scrambled down the zig zag shingle path to the pebble beach. Most of it was now in the shadow of the mountainside but Vicky climbed up some rocks and found a spot of sun to lie in (albeit in her thick padded coat) while Will attempted to fish. Unfortunately the wind was again far too strong and he had brought the wrong equipment. He ended up slipping over on wet rocks while trying to retrieve the top half of his rod and ripping part if his fingernail away from his finger. Ouch! Never mind, the shock only dampened his spirits for a little while and after a sweet cup of tea and some chocolate cookies his cleaned and bandaged finger wasn't going to stop him appreciating the gorgeous view and being excited about going to Spain the next day!
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  • Day19

    Sommer, Sonne, Kaktus

    May 27 in France

    Diese Footprint hat zwar nichts mit einem Kaktus zu tun, der Titel hat uns aber gefallen.
    Nach 9 wunderschönen Tagen mit meinen Eltern, möchten wir uns nochmal für die schöne Zeit bedanken. Hier ein paar Eindrücke.

  • Day14

    Perpignan

    May 22 in France

    Heute waren wir in Perpignan. Zu erst hat Moritz ein neues Fahrrad beim Decathlon bekommen, da sein altes den Geist aufgegeben hat. Somit können wir jetzt auch wieder radeln.
    Ein schönes Städtchen, aber nichts besonders.
    In einem Antiquitätenladen hat Moritz sich eine Pfeife als Souvenir gekauft.

  • Day40

    Sleepover Day 40

    August 28 in France

    Met up with Amanda, and Olivia (in Oscars class) spent the day on the beach but then after visiting Tamariu And then had a barbecue with an evening, parked in the village that their house is in.

  • Day21

    Prats Mollo to Amelie les bains

    May 15, 2016 in France

    Had no internet last night so I'll talk about the day(sat) now and then Ceret which is what this map shows we're at now . We were in a small hotel at the end of a good day's walking. The hotel Ausseil was ancient sleep was difficult because of the streetlights and the flimsy cream curtains! After a small breakfast we were driven to the top of Le noell to start the day- beautiful mountain peak views with snow .Read more

  • Day21

    Amélie-les-Bains to Ceret

    May 15, 2016 in France

    After a buffet breakfast we set off over the bridge towards Reynès and then Ceret . Dad saw a small brown snake on our ascent . It was a lovely day quite hot , but cool in the shade. Very pleasant really .There were still views of snow on highpeaks even being at a lower altitude.Reynes was a mall rural town with just a church. We ate cherries from an overhanging branch on our pathway.Arrived at hotel d'Arcades earlier than any other day and showered, washed socks etc and Ste a picnic in our room. Then we went to Ceret museum of modern art. Saw nice works and some pottery and paintings by Picasso . Dinner is at a Pizza style restaurant nominated by this hotel and breakfast will be here.Read more

  • Day22

    Ceret to Banyuls-sur-Mer

    May 16, 2016 in France

    Ok so after a good night's sleep and a French breakfast of croissant, bread and jams & mandarin with apple juice and coffee we set off in a VW van for the top point to start the walk : about45 mins drive back into Spain. Lovely forest a bit cool so put on our beanies . we took a wrong turn at the beginning of the GR10 so we followed the marks the wrong way. At lunch S got out our GPS . We couldn't place ourselves on the map and about 205 mins later we were having trouble deciding which was the route when 2 French women - a mother and adult daughter were walking towards us. We learnt from them that we were near Le Perthus, back past our starting point . We'd travelled 360deg now going west into more of the Pyrenees . Oh dear it wasn't possible at 230 to retrace our steps to start again. S phoned the help person. She called back after making a call to say we couldn't go back but must walk to nearest town which was lePerthus. She would try to arrange transport from there to Banyuls-Sur-Mer. How disappointing and yet she got us transport ( the young guy who had driven us) to BSM. S gave him 50 euros, even though the agency were not charging us , so a tip for him!! The hotel here has a gorgeous view of the sea but is high up on the hill and tomorrow we must get to the train station to go to Carcassone.Read more

  • Day36

    Pátek 6

    July 27 in France

    Počasí: slunečno

    Dnes jsme zvolili alternativní trasu, která obchází vrchol Pic Carlit. Včera jsme dali nohám zabrat, tak jsme si chtěli odpočinout. Trasa vedla nejprve borovicovým lesem, pak širokým údolím a skončili jsme v chatě u obrovské přehrady, ke které vedla silnice. Má to své výhody, např. točenou zmrzlinu.

    8:30 - 16:30
    Trasa: Refuge des Bésines (2104m) - Chalet-Refuge des Bouillouses (2005m)
    Stoupání: 650m
    Klesání: 750m
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You might also know this place by the following names:

Département des Pyrénées-Orientales, Departement des Pyrenees-Orientales, Pyrénées-Orientales, Departament dels Pirineus Orientals, Pirineos Orientales, Pirenei Orientali, Pirineus Orientais

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