For a relatively small city, Perpignan seems to be blessed with an extraordinary amount of live entertainment, from the highbrow Theatre de l’Archipel, to the more “popular” Boitaclous, not forgetting the unique Jazzebre and the cosy L’Anthropo

Argelès to Banyuls-sur-Mer is a short but fabulous coastal drive on a crisp autumn day, offering panoramic views over the bay of Collioure, row after row of steep, terraced vines, and a sparkling Mediterranean ever present throughout the drive.

In many regions of France, the ritual gathering of mushrooms in the autumn (but also spring spring and summer depending upon the weather), is a culture in itself. Whole families or groups of friends make a day of it, and head off ‘à la recherche des champignons’

I swear.... In the 12th century, Catalans already had a well developed sense of identity and pride. This ancient Catalan oath of allegiance was sworn by the leaders of the council  to the monarch of…