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Le Soler?

Post by Leok » Sat 12 Aug 2017 15:09

Can anyone tell me what kind of area Le Soler is?
Looks like it might be a quiet town and good neighborhood to stay for a visit to Perpignan area.

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Post by polremy » Sat 12 Aug 2017 16:07

We never actually stayed in Le Soler but often used to visit the lake there. The children loved it. Picnic area and small on site snack bar. Mind you, that was years ago and it might have changed.

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Post by martyn94 » Sat 12 Aug 2017 18:45

I don't know it at all, but Wikipedia is always a good place to start (not just for the content as such, but for what it shows about the "civic-mindedness" of the locals). The English version is very thin, but the French version is here

https://fr.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Le_Soler

It's got a fair bit of antiquarian detail, but not much about what it's like now. It's striking that the population has grown notably over recent decades, which suggests that it's essentially a dormitory suburb for Perpignan - so certainly quiet, and probably with lots of modern(ish) bungalows. Not entirely my idea of fun, but it could be quite practical.

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Post by martyn94 » Sat 12 Aug 2017 18:52

And Marine Le Pen got a whisker under 50% in the second round of the presidential elections, which is about par for the course (for somewhere like that, round here).

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Post by GrahamC » Sat 12 Aug 2017 19:46

Its all a bit industrial. Wouldn't be my choice for an area to live in.

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Post by martyn94 » Sat 12 Aug 2017 22:15

There's a somewhat controversial political geographer called Christophe Guilluy, whose thesis, simplifying wildly, is that large numbers of "petits blancs" have moved out of the city into "peri-urban" settings, essentially to get away from immigrants (but also to get away from "bobos"). The price of that is that they live isolated lives in dreary lotissements, and spend a lot of time commuting, so they remain pissed off, just for different reasons.

As I say, it's disputed, but if there are any instances of it, I suspect Le Soler might be one.

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Post by jethro » Mon 14 Aug 2017 22:53

It's a pleasant enough place, but I think that St. Estève is almost identical and has better transport links to the pullulating vibrancy that is Perpignan.
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Le Soler explore

Post by Sweaty Betty » Fri 18 Aug 2017 16:24

Le Soler is a small busy buzzy village on the outskirts of Perpignan so has good road connections.
Although there is an industrial area nearby, which is great for any maintenance or other shopping, there is also a great lake and picnic space for families, a couple of restaurants, a good village centre and all amenities.
If you are exploring Perpignan, it certainly is a good spot as mountains, Tech Valley and Andorra easily accessible.

There are a couple of larger properties for rental there, short and long term. Message me if you want to know more....

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Re: Le Soler explore

Post by martyn94 » Sat 19 Aug 2017 13:36

Sweaty Betty wrote:Le Soler is a small busy buzzy village on the outskirts of Perpignan so has good road connections.
There's no law that I know of about what counts as a village. But its permanent population at the last census was 7,500 (lightly rounded). So if it's a village, it's hardly a small one.

My own spot, Port-Vendres, had 4,200, and the municipality certainly think it's a "ville", judging by what they paint on the side of their (numerous) vehicles.

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Re: Le Soler explore

Post by Allan » Sat 19 Aug 2017 14:55

martyn94 wrote:
Sweaty Betty wrote:Le Soler is a small busy buzzy village on the outskirts of Perpignan so has good road connections.
There's no law that I know of about what counts as a village. But its permanent population at the last census was 7,500 (lightly rounded). So if it's a village, it's hardly a small one.

My own spot, Port-Vendres, had 4,200, and the municipality certainly think it's a "ville", judging by what they paint on the side of their (numerous) vehicles.
I'm not sure about a law but INSEE defines a Ville as having 2,000 or more inhabitants.

As for Le Soler, great if you like tractors and other heavy machinery, otherwise deathly dull.

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Re: Le Soler explore

Post by martyn94 » Sat 19 Aug 2017 22:40

Allan wrote: otherwise deathly dull.
Which seems to be roughly what Leok wants, as I understand the original question.

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Re: Le Soler explore

Post by Owens88 » Wed 23 Aug 2017 15:08

''I'm not sure about a law but INSEE defines a Ville as having 2,000 or more inhabitants. ''

I always thought a village had a Mairie and a Ville had a Hotel de Ville
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Post by martyn94 » Wed 23 Aug 2017 18:53

I spent some pleasant days in Vernet recently going to the Casals festival. I was mildly surprised that it had only a mairie, given how many grand Edwardian villas it has, not all of them falling down. And the population has been quite stable, according to Wikipedia. I guess that the "curistes", and Rudyard Kipling, never figured in the permanent numbers.

But I doubt that there's any iron law: mairies in Paris cover a few hundred thousand.

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Post by Leok » Sun 27 Aug 2017 11:35

Sweaty Betty wrote:Le Soler is a small busy buzzy village on the outskirts of Perpignan so has good road connections.
Thanks very much. This confirms what I thought and I have a found a place to stay. Thanks all for your posts. :D

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Post by martyn94 » Thu 31 Aug 2017 15:09

Leok wrote:
Sweaty Betty wrote:Le Soler is a small busy buzzy village on the outskirts of Perpignan so has good road connections.
Thanks very much. This confirms what I thought and I have a found a place to stay. Thanks all for your posts. :D

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Tell us how it turned out. We weren't exactly unanimous, but were perhaps judging by different standards: "would I stay there?" vs "would I want to live there for good?".

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Post by Leok » Fri 13 Apr 2018 19:23

Stayed for a month...great place to visit Le Soler!

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Post by martyn94 » Fri 13 Apr 2018 22:03

Leok wrote:Stayed for a month...great place to visit Le Soler!
Thanks. I asked for feedback, and got it. Come back soon. Spring has been a bit patchy this year, though excellent in parts. When I cower indoors, with the rain coming down like stair-rods, I always console myself by thinking that at least I’m not on a camping holiday.

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