The Pat Line was named after the man who got it up and running as a reliable escape route for as many as 600 escapers and evader
Perpignan has been elected ‘Capital de la Sardana 2019’ as the official dance of Catalonia is elevated to the rank of art.
A “Lest we Forget” drive around the Pyrenees Orientales can be the moment to visit or revisit some of the villages and enjoy the autumn colours whilst taking in some of the fascinating War and anti war Memorials.
The poppy is a powerful and iconic symbol of remembrance in England, but did you know that the French have an equivalent, ‘Le Bleuet de France’, their own poignant reminder of the First World War?
Lest we forget November 11th To commemorate the allied action during during WW1, many of the communes of the Pyrénées-Orientales invite residents of all nationalities to join together in a ceremony of solidarity. This year…
During the Second World War, resistance movements in the Pyrenees-Orientales helped hundreds of refugees, allied soldiers and airmen to escape from occupied France across the border into Spain.
«La Nueve, The Forgotten Men of the 9th Company» History does not always recognize true heroes… Like those Spanish republican soldiers of the 9th company in General Leclerc’s 2nd Armoured Division. They had fought Nazism…
Photo Credit: Auguste Chauvin On November 12th 1942, the Germans invaded ‘ la zone libre’ (the unoccupied part of France) and arrived in Perpignan. First the airport was taken over by a detachment of the…
The end of the Spanish civil war led to an influx of Spanish refugees into the Pyrénées Orientales. Known as the Retirada (retreat in Spanish), this was a fairly ignominous chapter in the local history complete with concentration camps
Many of us have taken to the hot springs of Dorres without knowing anything of its interesting history during the Second World War. The fashionable contempt in which the French hold the clergy seems to have been completely unjustified in that era…..but judge for yourselves.