Our next leg took us to Perpignan Pyrenees and crepes, it shall be!
Perpignan isn’t exactly on the list of people’s bucket list. True, it does not readily spring to mind when you tick off places in France you might want to visit, but after a 24 hour stopover and seeing a little of this town, it is indeed quite special. Virtually hidden away in the most east-southerly patch of France, The Old Town has this village feel that is charming and quaint with its narrow alleyways and shabby tenements coloured in shades of lemon, peach and tangerine. It is a perfectly rolled gem with a colourful mix of France and Spain with dramatic snow capped mountain ranges, the French gateway to Pyrenees. Here, the sun shines for over 220 days of the year. Historically, Perpignan (Perpinyà in Catalan) was capital of the kingdom of Mallorca, a Mediterranean power that stretched northwards as far as Montpellier and included all the Balearic Islands; the Mallorcan kings’ palace still stands guard at the southern end of the old town. It’s still the third-largest ‘Catalan’ city after Barcelona and Lleida in Spain. There weren’t throngs of tourists, because really, there’s not that much to see. It is a lovely place just to chillax and explore its alleyways, sitting in the Republique square, sip of double espresso and watch the world go by. Unfortunately, it seems the town has seen better days. I guess the French economy has been a bit hard for small touristy curiosities such as these. Still a nice stop, but maybe just for a day. Sad indeed how great places like this appear to have fallen on tough times.
The pictures to follow summarizes our quick stop at Perpignan as we travelled from Girona to Andorra. We really did not have time to visit some of the important monuments since we chose to wander its narrow alleyways to get a glimpse of how the locals live.
Creperie Du Theatre (12 Rue du Theatre, 66000 Perpignan, France)
We stayed for a night in Perpignan and we decided to go to this Creperie, right in the city center. This is apparently the best creperie in Perpignan. It was opened by a young couple from Brittany in 2007. Since then, it has been making authentic buckwheat pancakes with a modern twist relying heavily on organic ingredients. We chose some galettes and some crepes and they were really good. The difference between a galette and a crepe is that a galette is made from buckwheat flour and crepe from wheat flour. We sat outside along the alley on tables and chairs in pop colours of blue, mauve and pink and the best part, he actually has matching placemats of the same colour! We loved the buckwheat pancakes!
We headed to Andorra, ruggedly beautiful country set amidst the Pyrenees.