Day 1-2: Getting here and Collioure
Trip Start Jul 23, 2012
15Trip End Aug 15, 2012
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Market, beaches, and centre ville
We arrived to a packed little city, jammed full of tourists on beach vacation. The motto of Collioure should be: Where Germany, Switzerland, and Norway Come to Get Away. After driving around for a while to find parking and checking in to our sweet little hotel, we headed about 2 minutes into the center of town to find dinner
We settled on a delicious little tapas restaurant, where we gorged on housemade charcuterie (chorizo, boudin noir/blanc, and other meaty deliciousness), amazing paella with a ton of seafood, sausage and chicken, and for dessert, manchego with fig chutney. Plus, they serve a side of bread toasted with a spread of tomatoes and olive oil that is amazeballs. After dinner, we rolled our stuffed selves back to the hotel and passed out for eight straight, blissful hours.
Waking up at 7am this morning, we were totally refreshed, and ready for a day of relaxation at the beach. Well, at least I was. Mark has a hard time sitting/laying on a beach in the hot sun all day, but I see nothing wrong with it. We walked through a couple of little markets that were set up near the hotel, sampled some local sausage and cheeses, bought some croissants and pain au chocolat for breakfast, and searched out a place that makes coffee bigger than a shot glass. After breakfast, we wandered down to a lovely pebble beach near an ancient bell tower and set up shop for the rest of the afternoon. Sunning on the Mediterranean does not suck. And, we saw 15 boobs
After 4 1/2 hours, we were sweaty and satisfied. Quick shower and change of clothes, and then we wandered the town some more. It's truly lovely, but not a ton to do besides enjoy the sun and drink some wine, which we did! The region makes a few mediocre wines with Grenache, Mouvedre, and a few good white wines and roses. They make killer white sangria with the Muscat, so I plan to enjoy more of that tonight with dinner.
Starting in Collioure has been a fabulous way to orient ourselves to being on a new time zone in a foreign country. Tomorrow, we plan to do a little hike up to some old observatory (guess whose idea that was...), and then more beach! The weather has been perfect-sunny, breezy, and about 80 degrees.
Enjoy the beginning pictures! I may add another batch tomorrow, with a short entry.