Price Check: What Things Cost Around the World

2018-11-26T16:21:29+07:00By |

Aimed at helping travellers staying in holiday rentals and settling into a place for a while, Price Check is a series of posts in which we reported every two weeks on the prices of groceries (no, not only beer) at each destination we stayed on our yearlong grand tour. This post is a comparison of [...]

My Year in the Kitchen: Favourite Dishes From Around the Globe

2018-12-20T23:07:16+07:00By |

One of the things we love most about holiday rentals over hotels is that we're able to cook and eat 'at home'. Because unless you’re Keith Floyd (one of my inspirations as a wannabe cook in my 20s), you can’t just rock up to a hotel kitchen and whip something up. You can, however, do [...]

With Holiday Rentals it’s the Little Things That Make a Difference

2018-05-10T15:24:52+07:00By |

With holiday rentals it's the little things that make a difference to your stay, the thoughtful extras that can set one property apart from the next, and help to make an experience special. When you check into a hotel, you come to expect certain amenities depending on the class of hotel you’ve booked. Hotel ratings exist to [...]

Ceret’s Scenic Saturday Markets

2019-04-22T16:51:21+07:00By |

Ceret’s scenic Saturday markets are one of the highlights of a visit to the village – people come from far and wide to browse them – and as last weekend was the first time the place had really experienced fine spring weather, the whole place was simply buzzing. We were warned that we would barely be [...]

Classic Toulouse Cassoulet Recipe

2019-06-18T09:24:23+07:00By |

“That’s not from here, we make Catalan sausage! Catalan sausage is better!” exclaimed the butcher in Ceret when Lara asked for saucisse de Toulouse (Toulouse sausage), an ingredient of the classic Toulouse cassoulet recipe I was using for this series on The Dish. While the man had been happy to chat to her in broken English [...]

Ceret Take-Homes: Supermarket Souvenirs

2019-04-22T16:48:38+07:00By |

Ceret may be a popular destination for art tourists, hikers and long-term holidaymakers, but there are no souvenir shops (thankfully) and aside from picking up some art from one of the galleries and buying beautiful Catalan textile products from La Bohème, there's little to buy – which makes the supermarket a great place to scout [...]

Inspiring Arty Ceret

2019-04-22T16:46:58+07:00By |

Located in a picturesque valley of fruit trees, surrounded by hills blanketed in green oak, and watched over by the white peaks of Canigou, it’s easy to understand how arty Ceret, our 'home' for two weeks, inspired so many artists to move here and paint its pastel-coloured houses and colossal plane trees – and how this [...]

The Hills are Alive with Catalan Culture and Cherry Blossoms

2019-04-22T16:46:22+07:00By |

Walking is one of the most popular things to do in Ceret, so we asked local guide de pays Christian Piquemal to give us a taste of what makes walking in Ceret so special. The Hills are Alive with Catalan Culture and Cherry Blossoms A French-Catalan guide who has lived in the French and Spanish Pyrénées [...]

Classic Salade Lyonnaise recipe

2019-06-18T09:15:18+07:00By |

In the interests of bringing the fine season of Spring on with a rush — after all we’re already a few days into April — I’ve decided that this classic Salade Lyonnaise recipe should be a message to the weather gods. While checking out the markets and supermarkets here in Céret and Perpignan, Spring could be [...]

Local Knowledge: Coralie from Ceret

2019-04-22T16:45:11+07:00By |

A fashion designer who studied Fine Arts at Goldsmiths and Textile Design at Central St Martins in London, Coralie Scarnato moved to Ceret eight years ago and opened La Boheme, a boutique and atelier where she makes and sells her vibrant striped Catalan cloth products, and her own collections of winter clothes. Born in Provence [...]

Ceret Take-Homes: Catalan’s Sunny Striped Cloth

2019-04-22T16:44:28+07:00By |

Stroll around Ceret for a while and you’ll start to see stripes – Catalan stripes. These bold colourful lines seem to enliven everything here in the village from screens in bistros to pot-plants on windowsills, and even appear on plastic shopping bags. In boutiques and gift shops, you’ll find them brightening anything from summery espadrilles to [...]

Doing the Sardana in Ceret

2019-04-22T16:44:08+07:00By |

It wasn’t on the scale of the festivals we’d just experienced in Perpignan, but we were delighted to return from the city to our little village of Ceret to find the French Catalan community out in full force on Place Picasso doing a folk dance known as the sardana. On the drive to Ceret last [...]

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