Panier of Plenty

A change of scene

View from Mont Louis

View from Mont Louis

30th November, new snow

30th November, new snow

Looking towards the ski station Puigmal

Looking towards the ski station Puigmal

A few days in the mountains brought a multitude of new experiences.
Following the route along the Têt valley to Cerdagne, and then
crossing the border into Spain, the mountain air was fresh, as the
first significant snowfall of the season paved the way for the
opening of the pistes this weekend.

The Pyrénées Orientales

The Pyrénées Orientales

My journey started in Roussillon as I passed through Conflent
into Cerdagne, then across the border at Bourg-Madame to Cerdanya,
the ‘Catalunya Sud’ counterpart of the Parc Naturel Régional des
Pyrénées Catalanes, on the route that heads to Barcelona…

Thuir, famous for the tonic Byrrh

Thuir, famous for the tonic Byrrh

Carline protecting door, Eus

Carline protecting door, Eus

Eus, perched high above Prades

Eus, perched high above Prades

Bread oven, Eus

Bread oven – four à pain

Climbing to the ramparts

Climbing to the ramparts

Crossing from Bourg-Madame, France, into Puigcerda, Spain…

Puigcerda, across the border, Spain

Villas line the lake, Puigcerda

A façade in the town centre

A façade in the town centre

Puigcerda library – converted cloister

Puigcerda library – a converted cloister

Latour de Carol, France, heading from Bourg-Madame towards
Andorra…

Lintel, Latour de Carol

Lintel, Latour de Carol

Latour de Carol, église

Inside the église

La commune est située en Cerdagne sur le Carol, à une altitude
minimum de 1 209 m, près de la frontière avec l’Espagne. En catalan,
le nom de la commune est la Tor de Querol ; les habitants sont
els Querolans.

And back across the border into Cerdanya, only minutes away…

Château, hidden in a valley

Château, hidden in a valley, Alp

Stopping for horses, Spain

sharing the road with horses

The village of Das, Spain

The village of Das, Spain

Pyrénées, view to France

Pyrénées, view to France

The heart of Bellver, Spain

The heart of Bellver, Spain

Opposite, in shadow, Bellver

Opposite, in shadow, Bellver

Ermitage de Prat, Spain

Ermitage de Prat, Spain

Santa Eugenia, leaning tower

Santa Eugenia, leaning tower

Likened to the tower of Pisa

Likened to the tower of Pisa

The village of Montella

The village of Montella

The sun setting, Pyrénées

The sun setting, Pyrénées

Roman bridge, Bellver

Roman bridge, Bellver

Sierra del Cadi

Sierra del Cadi

Dusk at Saga, eroded 'organ pipes'

Dusk at Saga, eroded ‘organ pipes’

Merci beaucoup Christiane et Claude !

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5 thoughts on “A change of scene

  1. mesarapugs on said:

    Super pix! And a very interesting journey!

  2. Que mes montagnes sont belles 😉 super tes photos !!!

  3. Claude BACHELIER on said:

    Eh oui Vivie c’est la Cerdagne ! Les montagnes sont blanches , le soleil est rose , l’air est frais … Et on en repart avec de belles photos et ( un petit rhume ) .
    Pour info la devise de la cerdagne est : Meitat de Franca , meitat d’Espanya no hi ha altre terra com la Cerdagne .
    Merçi pour ta visite .
    Biz .

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