We are on holiday with Al and Hazel and Andrew and Kate, staying at David and Jan's lovely gite, Maison de la Foret, where they occupy the top floor and welcome visitors to stay in the immaculately equipped lower floor. Some readers may recall that we met David at the start of our GR10 trip last year, and I stayed here after I finished that walk.
Today, in steadily improving weather, the six of us strolled down past hoopoes and broomrape to Argelès-Plage and on to the port for lunch.
A stunning collection of photos, mounted on large information boards, formed the 'Explosion de vie exhibition' beside the path between the plage and the port.
The afternoon was spent on the coastal path - European Trail E12, Arc Mediterraneen, no less - to the tourist trap of Collioure (pictured), where we all enjoyed excellent ice creams in the sunshine and were entertained by a large group of mountain bikers who arrived in convoy and proceeded to dunk themselves rather entertainingly in the Med.
Sue and I then walked most of the way back, past a series of bare busoms, by an alternative route involving some woods, on a day on which we ambled around 18 km. (We did bus it between Argelès Port and Argelès village.) The others returned from their 12 km walk by taxi as there was a train strike.
Good food and wine and boules, etcetera concluded a most enjoyable and relaxing day.
Sent from Maison de la Foret