Saturday, July 5, 2008

And on to Collioure

Collioure is a lovely town very close to the Spanish border. The COG and I have visited it 3 times now - which is very unusual for us. It has been painted and photographed a zillion times by people more talented than me, but that doesn't stop me from posting a few pictures. It was basically a military site, being on the border between Spain and France. Along the hills behind the town are a ring of watch towers - just like in Lord of the Rings. On the hill on one side of the town looms a Spanish fort. On a hill on the other side looming French fort. In the middle is a chateau designed by Vauban, who mostly built forts - so it's very well fortified.  But what I love is the old part of town.  We took a tour with a guide from the tourist bureau who told us that Collioure is famous for it's multicolored houses. The reason, he explained, is that the fishermen would paint their boats and use the leftover colors on the houses.  

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