Mike & Linda Jones warn us of the ‘trap’ awaiting travellers into France from Spain who are not aware of the change in speed limits.  “Last year L’Independent published an article detailing the number of…

The government of the Province of Catalonia has commenced plans to build 6 new prisons over the next five years, the first one expected to open this November in Sant Joan de Vilatorrada, central Catalonia,…

2 A message in a bottle… 2 3 by Ellen Hall 3 Having both dropped from the sky, the pilot and the prince meet in the desert. Their conversations in “The Little Prince” reveal the…

2 Laroque from Boyle-ing Point 2 Patrick Boyle (62) gives the impression of being one of those people who is comfortable in their own skin. We are sitting with a coffee in the inauspicious surroundings…

If you head west on the D117 from the Catalan border town of Estagel, with the unforgettable 10th century fortress of Quéribus towering above you on your right, you soon come to Maury, the first village along this route in Le Fenouillèdes, or the Land of Fennel – or even Fenolheda in Occitan-speak. Le Fenouillèdes is part of Occitan Languedoc, whose inhabitants are rather scornfully referred to by Catalans as “les gabatx” or foreigners. Skirmishes between the “gabatx” of Maury and the youths of Estagel are still not unknown.