Best Short Walks: Sentier des Hauts de Taïchac

Saint-Martin-de-Fenouillet is one of those agricultural villages that is typical of my region: lost in the middle of vineyards, surrounding by a beautiful, and yet very diverse landscape: chalky cliffs, bold granite, wide heathland, sudden gorges, undulating hills and magnificent views of the holy Catalan peak, the Pic du Canigou. The kaleidoscope of landscapes is rooted in the area’s geology: here, the African shelf hits the European shelf. Sentier des Hauts de Taïchac: follow the yellow signs In front of the Auberge Taïchac, the village’s sole and only place to eat and sleep (sorry, only during the season, i.e. Easter to October, local fare and 33 beds), you will find direction and a maps…

Wishing You All A Merry Christmas With „Le Pessebre Vivant“

Thunder and red flash: suddenly,  the devil swirls across the stage in a red costume, horny cap and frightening long, sharp claws. Mary and Joseph are aghast; shepherds, farmers, and other locals at the crib resort to military, form a circle that closes  around the intruder that finally forces him to flee: Le Pessebre Vivant I enjoyed last weekend at the Palais des Rois de Majorque in Perpignan, has only little in commons with a conventional nativity play little. Not serious, thoughtful and subdued, peaceful and quiet like the ones I know from Germany, it came along as a  90 minutes long celebration in the power of life, culminating in the birth…