Dawn, at the start of our two-hour lunch in Port-Vendres

Dawn, at the start of our two-hour lunch in Port-Vendres

We did get to Collioure twice this week: once, with the whole caravan (two moms, two daughters, husband/wife), and twice, with just husband/wife. On the first trip we had a two-hour lunch in Port-Vendres at a sidewalk café: most everyone got mussels (moules) with fries; I got paella and “fruits de mer” as a starter. This included my first experience with snails, and I had them with garlic butter. I got my teeth on the end, tugged, and was surprised at how much came out!

We had a nice bottle of Rosé, then returned to our car. I changed into my swimsuit and we went down to the beach, near the condo where I lived in 1998. It’s early September, so you never know if it’s going to be the last swim for the season. The water was as I remember it, and buoyant enough you can just float on your back without any work.

Where we swam

Where we swam

We had a problem afterwards getting gas though, and I’ll add this to the list of multiple issues we’ve had with gas while in Europe. It just doesn’t work the same way everywhere; something unexpected is always possible. This time, there was no attendant at the station, so you had to use a credit card. None of our cards worked. So I went into the store to shop (it was by a grocery store), and asked the cashier in sloppy French if I could pay her for some gas, there. She said yes, but then she said no after consulting with another checker, so we had to go in search of a different station. I didn’t have enough gas to get back to Saint Pierre des-Champs.

My mom, Lily, and I drove to Banyuls (10 minutes from Spanish border) and got lucky though, and we were on our way back home.

About pinklightsabre

William Pearse publishes memoir, travel journals, poetry and prose, and lives in the Pacific Northwest.
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One Response to Collioure

  1. paul wynn says:

    Ahh checkers in france have the life… dont they sit down on a stool while they check you out? Awesome pictures by the way .. keep it up


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