Friday, November 2, 2012


COLLIOURE - a Bijoux

Collioure is a bijoux - a gem of a city. It is an ancient port on the French Mediterranean, only 29 kilometres from the Spanish border. We shared a home exchange apartment here with our friends, Colin and Colleen for 16 days.

l'Eglise Notre-Dame des Anges et Cloche

This iconic image is probably the most recognizable in Collioure. The cathedral/lighthouse was built in the 1600s on Roman ruins.

Collioure is the anchovy capital of France. In fact, it has that official designation, like the AOC of anchovies.

Collioure is also an artist's community and anyone who visits will see why. Matisse, Picasso, Chagall and many other famous painters were drawn here for the light.

The mild maritime weather and the small pristine beaches; the unique local cuisine found in so many restaurants create an ambience that sets Collioure apart. The geography is stunning and for those of us who are interested in history, at every turn our curiosity is peaked. We could settle here for some time.

But this blog chapter is more about images than about text. Following are some of my favourite photos taken during our several months in France. 

2. Green Door No. 22 at Le Moré

1. Storm Walk Golfe de Lion

3. Empty Tables in the Rain at Le Moré

4. Woman in Collioure Colours

5. Rue Sans Issue

6. Chateau Royal Crenellation View of Harbour Light

7. Chateau Royal Crenellation View of Seadream

8. Pale Pink House Above Place Juarès

9. Aquamarine Shutters on Coral Wall

10. Cameo Pink House with Azure Trim

11. Seafoam Shutters on Dijon Wall

12. Bougainvillea House

13. Le Pressoir on Rust

14. Three Wrought Iron Railings 

15. Bob in Port Vendres Bay

16. Chateau Royal Front Lit

17. Woman in Collioure Pastels

18. Three Women of Colour

 et, l'artiste sur Bastion No. 8 Chateau Royal

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