Have you ever wondered what the D in D-Day stands for?
Many French companies use non-geographic telephone numbers. They may be free, but are just as likely to be premium rate numbers.
It is believed by some that “God Save the Queen” or ‘Grand Dieu Sauve le Roi’, originated in France!
In 1860 Abbé Rous, the new Curé at the Chapelle de la Rectorie, first tasted the naturally sweet wine of Banyuls and found it so good that he decided, through his network of Catholic contacts, to make it the communion wine of France.
Aristotle said ‘One swallow does not a summer make’, but when these harbingers of spring and summer promise arrive in the P-O we know for sure that winter is over.
Music therapy, for trees!
Did you know that the small village of Arles-sur-Tech was once a lively, bustling, working village with a population of around 2,400, not so far off the 2,700 of today, and probably much busier.
Beware the Oleander shrub, popular in the P-O for its evergreen qualities and delicate flowers and planted in quantity to jazz up roadsides, and gardens.
According to the rules of petanque, when a player loses 13 to 0 … “il est fanny” (he’s fanny) or “il a fait fanny” (he made fanny), and has to kiss the bottom of a girl called Fanny.
The beautiful castle in the heart of the Albères is said to be haunted by the ghost of a British spy