Weird Sightseeing Experience

We took Cheryl to the coast today (not great weather, but at least it wasn’t raining) so that she could actually see the Med.

We had to drive through Perpignan, reminding me why I truly hate cities, but we finally made it through the traffic and got to Collioure, only to find that we had massive holiday traffic there! I don’t believe that there was one available parking space in the entire village. That makes three trips JM and I have done to the coast and we STILL haven’t been able to visit Collioure!

At any rate, we went on to Port Vendre, literally 3 minutes away. And, to our surprise there was hardly any traffic, plenty of parking and the restaurants all had tables available.

With that uncanny supersense that he seems to have, JM picked one of the restaurants along the port and we wound up having a really delightful lunch. The first thing they did was to bring Shmoo a big dish of water!

Our boy was actually quite a hit, with everyone on the terrace looking at him and, because he insisted on lying under THEIR table, we wound up having a lovely conversation with the people next to us who were from Castres. We only had one moment where Shmoo, who had been sleeping, was startled by another dog going by and started to bark. I think it was because he had a bit of ground steak that he hadn’t eaten and suddenly realized that a possible food thief was in the vicinity. Luckily, he calmed down immediately, ate his steak and was fine thereafter.

Now for the weird bit. On the way home we had to drive back to Perpignan, only this time we were taking the autoroute, so we could skirt downtown. As we made our way around the edge of the city we passed several shopping centers and I had an immediate flashback to life in Southern California. The architecture, the vegetation, the houses nearby ALL looked exactly like what you would find in Woodland Hills or Calabasas, except that the signs were in French. Although there were chains like McDonalds, so it wasn’t at all hard to think we’d suddenly been transported 6000 miles away! I was very happy to get on the highway and head for our wonderful Possum Kingdom.

Ciao for now.

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