On the Sunday after Christmas, though, the weather was what all of us more used to northern climes think of as Mediterranean, so we took ourselves down to the coast at Collioure. This is usually our post-restaurant Xmas Day excursion, but having decided to cook for a change this year, we could wait for the perfect weather. Luckily for me, Sunday also happens to be Collioure's market day, so there was added incentive to hit the road.
Below, a surfeit of photos to illustrate what we can enjoy after a 20-minute drive. Remember, Dad, that you can click on any of these to enlarge the image.
Since so many famous artists—Matisse and Derain in particular—painted here, the city fathers considerately provide frames to look at views that have been commemorated in paint
Here, for example, is a not terribly interesting view; below is how it appears when transmuted by the talent of Charles Rennie Mackintosh
This time dramatic folds for MJPW
Rare holiday embellishment—we didn't even see many plastic Père Noëls climbing house walls this year
Buying Mom some lavender and dried rosebuds
The most adorable little girl on the promenade
Bark as an alternative to rock