Panier of Plenty

Retracing footsteps

Before sunrise, l'aube

Before sunrise, à l’aube

Breakfast table view

Breakfast table view

At predicted, a magic transformation instantly took place, aided by the gusting ‘Tramontane’. Inspired by Canigou’s majestic presence this morning, I continued driving to the Col d’Ouillat – the top of the mountain range where I used to live (and still work at lower altitude). Reliving the memory of my first birthday lunch in France, at the Chalet de l’Albère four years ago, my spirits soared above the panoramic view. Yet instead of the sunny terrace being crowded with diners, as it usually is at this time of the year, the pot-belly stove was glowing…

Driving to work

Driving to work

View on arrival, Mas Coste

View on arrival, Mas Coste

Continuing up the road

Continuing up the road

St Martin d'Albère

St Martin d’Albère

Looking back

Looking back

View towards Spain

View towards Spain

La frontière

La frontière

View from Chalet d'Albère

View from Chalet d’Albère

Spain (Catalunya Sud)

Spain (Catalunya Sud)

Cascades after heavy rain

Cascades after heavy rain

Gorse (driving back down)

Gorse (driving back down)

Peaks above St Jean d'Albère

Peaks above St Jean d’Albère

Familiar fields and trees

Familiar fields and trees

Above Mas Reste

Above Mas Reste

A spring field posy

A spring field posy

At the base of the mountain road

At the base of the mountain road

The road to the fromagerie (and the Col d’Ouillat) begins at Le Perthus, the frontière, and winds its way upwards for around 20 minutes, as the forest changes from mainly Cork and Green Oak to Beech and Pine. Les Albères reach the Mediterranean coast: the last mountains in the vast chain of the Pyrénées, they form a natural geographic barrier between France and Spain.

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3 thoughts on “Retracing footsteps

  1. mesarapugs on said:

    WoW! What a sensational drive to work! Sublime! 🙂

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