At reception we realised that our ASCI card has been worth every penny as it halved the per night cost, the initial cost of the card at c.£10 has been paid back 10x already. We settled into a pitch, which we later realised having compared with Paul and Steph’s, wasn’t that great as it was in the middle of the campsite rather than facing the sea. The next morning we asked to move to a seaview pitch and moved by 11am to a lovely pitch overlooking the sea. The view was uninterrupted until the next morning when neighbours moved in front of us ruining our view. We enjoyed the site and the relaxed vibe so much that we ended up staying much longer than anticipated but had to move pitch again because someone had reserved the one we were on, but luckily our third and last move was to our best pitch, number 56, which was lovely – gorgeous uninterrupted (for the whole time we stayed on this one) views and very private.
On arrival day Juno got reacquainted with her boyfriend Oscar, she lurves him!!
Steph, Paul, Greg and I went for dinner at the campsite restaurant, and had a lovely evening chatting about life, motorhomes and retiring early. We have found during this trip that we are having so much time to think about life and talk about our wants for our future. It’s such a luxury to have that time, we usually are just too busy with working and life to sit and reflect.
The next day we walked over the rocks to Collioure, which is just a couple of kilometres away, albeit all up and down clambering over rocks.
Collioure is a delightful little seaside town, with a lovely church and old Royal Palace that the Kings of Mallorca used to live in, and a chateau on the hill top.
There are many restaurants there, including some Michelin starred ones (not that our budget of €75 can stretch to that!) and cafes looking over the sea. Today was market day so we had fund strolling through before investigating the many arts and crafts shops. Mattisse used to live in Collioure and it has been popular with artists and writers over the years, which shows in the types of shops there. After having a great plat du jour at Casa Leon we headed back to the campsite.
During our time at Les Criques de Porteils here we walked to La Racou a bohemium village with nice restaurants, we also came back for dinner with Steph and Paul one evening to La Table and had a really great meal.
We walked (the long way!!) to Argèlès sur Mer,
drove to Port Vendres where we had a great hike through vineyards and along cliff tops
and to Perignan where I got myself kitted out with ski gear. We are planning to spend 4 weeks skiing in February with Knigel and have worked out that we can buy skis, boots and poles for the same price as it will cost to rent, so I managed to get low prices given it was out of season – funny to try on ski boots when you are wearing flip flops.
There was a little mishap with Knigel parking himself inside a tree – I think that he wants to become a tree house when he grows up.
We had a great time with Steph and Paul, not forgetting the gorgeous Oscar, had lovely weather, Juno got to play in the sea and we had lots of long walks.
As a final little goodbye, we were joined by 4 month old Bobby belonging to a Swiss couple, who was so cute and wanted to play with Juno but she scared him so he hid under Knigel instead.
We are heading north tomorrow on what will be day 90 (wow time flies), with the plan to drive for a few hours each day back to Calais through Sancerre and Epernay.