Panier of Plenty

Tour de Céret, France

Down the stairs, up the road, to the right… a secret world awaits discovery. Following the arrows on la véloroute indicating the direction Arles-sur-Tech — Col d’Ares, winding its way along the valley of the Tech river, bridges and tunnels appear. After passing cherry orchards, terraces gardens and forested hills, the view opens up to encompass the valley. Butterflies flit along the smooth sealed track, lined with lilac and oleander in full bloom. Trees provide welcome shade. Mountain peaks loom in both directions, but it is a gentle route with few steep sections. Céret — Amélie les Bains — Céret was a very leisurely two hour excursion, with time to ‘smell the roses’ rather than set a pace. It was 36 degrees yesterday, and the mercury is rising today, as Sunday lunch ‘a la plancha’, sizzles on the terrace…

… and the cork is eased from on a chilled bottle of local white, Terre de Garrigue.

Crossing the Tech

Crossing the Tech

Bridge interior

Bridge interior

The next crossing

The next crossing

A tributary below

A tributary below

Towards Amelie les Bains

Towards Amélie les Bains

The Tech

The Tech

Medieval village, Palalda

Medieval village, Palalda

Arriving in Amélie

Arriving in Amélie

Bon appétit!

Bon appétit!

Later in the afternoon…

Arles-sur-Tech

Arles-sur-Tech

Refreshing waters, Arles-sur- Tech

Refreshing waters, Arles-sur-Tech

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