So far, Jo had figured a great deal in our Ceret story. In the early days, when we couldn’t speak the language and hadn’t a clue how things worked, she’d gone to extraordinary lengths to help us and along the way we’d become firm friends. I thought long and hard about including this part of what happened to her in this blog, but came to the conclusion that she would have preferred to have had her story told. I hope that it will be taken in the spirit in which it is written, a homage to a dear friend.

1. Test your idiomatic French 1.Quand vous êtes en pleine forme, on dit que vous avez : a) la pomme b) la pêche c) la poire 2. Si vous êtes ‘crevé’, cela signifie que vous…

His heart in her mouth Lord Guillaume de Cabestany was a troubadour, soldier, poet…..and lover of Saurimonde, wife of Raimond de Castell-Rossello and subject of many of his poems. So angry and jealous was Raimond,…

From October onwards you’ll see ‘Rifles’ advertised everywhere you go in the P-O! No need to duck unless you’re talking “two little ones”! It’s bingo! In fact, all non profit making associations are allowed to…

No more “Bip” bikes in Perpignan

In 2008 Clear Channel offered to create a network of bikes for hire in Perpignan in exchange for the use of bus shelters for publicity. With only 300 people signing up in 8 years, it has been announced a flop…

The caganer, (the pooper!!) is a small statue, usually of a Catalonian peasant, wearing traditional red stocking hat (a barretina,) or more often these days, a well known personality.