The house is on three floors and they agreed it buy it on condition that they would get planning permission to put a large balcony on the top floor so that they could make the most of the magnificent view.
While we were in the area they took us to a couple of vide-greniers. This is presumably the French equivalent of the car boot sale but with a few important differences. The whole village seems to become the market place and there is a great carnival atmosphere to the whole thing. We enjoyed them although I have never seen so much rubbish in one place before. Still, there was also lots of good stuff for sale and we all got a few bargains. Pete bought a telescope, Cyn a red leather handbag and some plant-holders to hang from her kitchen window. Nick got a Ricard water jug and I got 3 pretty cream jugs. So we all went home happy. There's nothing like a bargain to make you feel content.
The very pretty harbour at Collioure.
We also went to Collioure, a beautiful and very popular place. We had a good lunch and a walk around the town and came across an artist called Michel Val who had his Harley parked outside his gallery. Naturally, we bought some prints to frame at home. His paintings are very bright and colourful, just like the town itself. I like his work a lot - it's cheerful and we have the prints in our Derbyshire kitchen.
There isn't a single ugly street in Collioure.
Then it came: