We started off their trip on Monday with a trip to a relaxing local spa - the girls revelled in the hot springs, soaking up the rays with the snow capped mountains as a backdrop. From there, we cruised down to Port Vendres on the coast and had a wonderful lunch on the marina. Talk about value for money!
The three course lunch for 15 euros comprised of :
Entrée choice :
Salad of hot goats cheese
Mains choice :
Confit de canard
Filets or merlan ( white fish)
For dessert , the chef proposed aubergine crumble which, I know, sounds a bit funny, but was abs delicious. Afterwards, we learned that he had soaked the aubergines in wine and sugar, Yum! All of this was , of course, washed down with some very nice cotes de roussillon wines and mopped up with crusty bread.
Collioure was our next stop, where we meandered through the cobblestoned streets and pottered around in some of the lovely galleries and quirky shops.
Dinner in a local restaurant in Perpignan finished off the day nicely.
Tuesday, we awoke to a very Irish day with grey skies and rain - a perfect day for a wine tour! We visited three very different vineyards and the group of 8 wine buffs were very impressed with the quality and divesity of the wines on offer.
We had a delicious lunch in one of the vineyards and our wines were chosen by our very own sommellier - the wine maker and vineyard owner himself!
We dined in another local favourite restaurant in Perpignan where the meat was cooked on an open barbeque. The restaurant is situated in the old quarter of Perpignan and I left the gang to party on after the meal!
Wednesday , we took the scenic route back to Barcelona for their outgoing flight - we coasted down the Cote Vermeille, scaled the Pyrenees into Spain, where we had an amazing lunch in Port Bou right on the sea front. Replete and happy, we sang our way over to Figeuras to visit the Dali museum and indulge in a bit of retail therapy ..
Reluctantly, I said good bye to a fantastic group - the best group I've ever had - Declan, Ada, Dena, Mary, Pat, Jean, Bernie and Margaret - thank you for being a fantastic group - hope to see you here again soon.