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Daytripping in France: Perpignan

2 Feb 2015
Let me introduce you to a little city named Perpignan. 

Technically, it's a part of the beautiful Pyrénées-Orientales region, but it's so close to Spain that it has a huge Catalan influence, which makes the buildings and the palace we visited all the more unique and interesting! I still can't quite get my head around the fact that I could actually drive from Montpellier to a completely different country in under four hours, and without crossing any oceans at all. It all just seems a bit surreal, as in, I know I need a passport for my trip to Barcelona next weekend, but it seems so unreal when I'm not crossing any oceans! Can you tell I haven't traveled to many places? 

Although the city centre didn't impress me as much as I'd have liked, (perhaps I've grown so fond of the bustling streets of Montpellier that I'm unfairly biased against everywhere else), I loved visiting the place and would definitely go back. The views of the Pyrenees from the Palais des rois de majorque were without a doubt the highlight of my little day trip, which is unsurprising considering my love for climbing to the top of things and spectacular views. I'm used to my dad pointing out the views of different British counties, not countries!

Can you spot the rainbow on the right? We climbed up staircase after staircase in the palace to reach a little viewing point on top of the building. As is always the case with these things, the climb was worth it and the views were amazing. It really makes me want to get in a car and drive to one of those mountains and to some hiking!

Along with the added bonus of a clear blue sky, views like this make me really, really appreciate my year abroad. These are the kind of places that I only find on holidays, I've never actually lived within a short train journey away from them!

Yes, it is still coat weather and yes, I did genuinely believe that I could go through my year abroad without wearing a coat. I think i was in a deep state of denial. It's still sunny though which is a damn sight better than the snow I'm hearing about in England!

Oh how I've missed my day trips to beautiful places with coloured buildings. I always find they remind me of family holidays to Devon, even though I know Perpignan is very far from the quaint villages I used to visit in Devon!

I like how in amongst the pretty buildings and the busy shops there are Je Suis Charlie signs everywhere which actually have the ability to draw you away from the sights make you stop and think about the really important, significant things in life.

Next stop? Barcelona. 
4 comments on "Daytripping in France: Perpignan"
  1. I've heard Perpeignan is just beautiful and your photos confirmed it!

  2. Skies looks crazy bright, I agree! Always love to stroll around small european cities, they are so full of charm. Can't wait to see your post from Barcelona!

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  3. Yes that's exactly how I'd describe them; all full of charm! Thank you, just heading off now and I'm so excited! x


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