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by Richard and Sharon
Fri 20 Sep 2019 11:33
Forum: The Great Outdoors
Topic: Trail des Vendanges and Trail Decouverte
Replies: 2
Views: 191

Re: Trail des Vendanges and Trail Decouverte

Thanks Kate, gonna need it :D
by Richard and Sharon
Tue 17 Sep 2019 00:36
Forum: The Great Outdoors
Topic: Trail des Vendanges and Trail Decouverte
Replies: 2
Views: 191

Trail des Vendanges and Trail Decouverte

Anyone else doing the Trail des Vandages or Trail Decouverte in Collioure on 29th September? I will be doing it with my son and sister and would love to meet up with any other Brit trail runners in the area. If the above is too tame for you, how about the 100 miles sud de France from Font Romeu to A...
by Richard and Sharon
Mon 16 Sep 2019 23:59
Forum: Brexit
Topic: Is nobody interested in Brexit?
Replies: 7
Views: 416

Re: Is nobody interested in Brexit?

Brexit has polarised the nation including our MP's. Understandably, many people won't want to put their heads above the parapet and share their views, not wanting to be contentious. My opinion may be naive and I am very happy to corrected by a well explained argument, so in the interest of opening t...
by Richard and Sharon
Sat 20 Apr 2019 18:03
Forum: Places to visit/Info about the area
Topic: Port Leucate
Replies: 5
Views: 490

Re: Port Leucate

Hmmm, so all about nude bathing and aphrodisiacs then :lol:
by Richard and Sharon
Fri 12 Apr 2019 19:37
Forum: Places to visit/Info about the area
Topic: Port Leucate
Replies: 5
Views: 490

Re: Port Leucate

Good to know, thanks Rombolo. Coincidentally as we passed over the road bridge there on the way back from taking some visitors to Carcassonne this afternoon, I looked along the waterway towards the sea and thought, that looks worth exploring!
by Richard and Sharon
Thu 14 Mar 2019 10:52
Forum: Property & Accommodation
Topic: French laws governing non-EU citizens owning property
Replies: 4
Views: 585

Re: French laws governing non-EU citizens owning property

Ah, thank you Martyn for your interest. Concerned about anything that will adversely affect us, I suppose. Anything we can do to mitigate or must do because of the changes. Now parliament has voted against the possibility of a no deal Brexit (which I assume could still change if deadlock continues) ...
by Richard and Sharon
Thu 07 Mar 2019 11:34
Forum: Property & Accommodation
Topic: French laws governing non-EU citizens owning property
Replies: 4
Views: 585

Re: French laws governing non-EU citizens owning property

Sorry, should have said that the visa requirement is only in the event of a no deal Brexit
by Richard and Sharon
Thu 07 Mar 2019 11:29
Forum: Property & Accommodation
Topic: French laws governing non-EU citizens owning property
Replies: 4
Views: 585

Re: French laws governing non-EU citizens owning property

Still not found an answer specific to our situation, but did come across this: https://www.interieur.gouv.fr/Actualites/Le-ministere-de-l-Interieur-se-prepare-au-Brexit/Sejour May be of interest if you have not already seen it. Useful to be aware that people without residency will need a visa to sta...
by Richard and Sharon
Sun 03 Mar 2019 21:51
Forum: Property & Accommodation
Topic: French laws governing non-EU citizens owning property
Replies: 4
Views: 585

French laws governing non-EU citizens owning property

Does anyone know the situation for Brits owning property in in France, or where I might be able to find out? The UK Government advises as follows: "Some EU countries have laws which govern property ownership and differentiate between their own citizens, EU citizens and non-EU citizens. You should ch...
by Richard and Sharon
Wed 06 Feb 2019 10:24
Forum: The Great Outdoors
Topic: Remember cleaning all those bugs off your windscreen in the 80's and 90's?
Replies: 3
Views: 2104

Remember cleaning all those bugs off your windscreen in the 80's and 90's?

For me back then, it was more often a helmet visor, but the the significance is the same. I read a thought provoking article this morning, primarily about the decline of insect populations, but the message went much deeper. A fascinating but very sobering read that drove home to me how the narcissis...
by Richard and Sharon
Fri 25 Jan 2019 10:42
Forum: Entertainment & Events
Topic: Anyone know?
Replies: 3
Views: 1383

Re: Anyone know?

You are most welcome!
by Richard and Sharon
Mon 31 Dec 2018 12:26
Forum: Language Matters
Topic: Docteur, docteur....
Replies: 3
Views: 837

Re: Docteur, docteur....

One to reflect the over indulgence of the season :noel:

Docteur, docteur j'ai du vent! Pouvez-vous me donner quelque chose?
Oui, voici un cerf-volant!
by Richard and Sharon
Mon 31 Dec 2018 12:09
Forum: Property & Accommodation
Topic: Moving to PO - sequencing and removal firms
Replies: 4
Views: 542

Re: Moving to PO - sequencing and removal firms

"Buying a car was simple 3 years ago. I understand that there are now problems in getting a Carte Grise without French ID" Maybe there has been a change very recently. We bought a second hand car earlier this year from a dealer in Perpignan. Getting the Carte Grise was not a problem at all, the dea...
by Richard and Sharon
Mon 15 Oct 2018 15:45
Forum: Services & Trades
Topic: garage / exhaust centre needed urgently.
Replies: 2
Views: 299

Roady behind the Intermarche at Argeles helped me out with a tyre, rare size and they got it in and on next day. I also had a towbar fitted there on another occasion. I guess they do exhausts as well. It's probably a bit out of your way but maybe worth a call if you don't find somewhere closer. +33 ...
by Richard and Sharon
Sun 23 Sep 2018 19:46
Forum: Airport Transport
Topic: Perpignan Airport <> Collioure Sept 2018
Replies: 8
Views: 1243

Just to confirm for other travellers, the No 6 has replaced the No 7 for the airport. You can pick it up just outside the TGV side of the station. Timetable is on the Sankeo site. Fare is still 1.6 euro.
by Richard and Sharon
Fri 07 Sep 2018 14:55
Forum: Airport Transport
Topic: Perpignan Airport <> Collioure Sept 2018
Replies: 8
Views: 1243

If you get no takers for a taxi share, an easy alternative for 1.30 euro each is the number 7 bus from Perpignan airport into the city. Usually we alight at Place de Catalogne and walk along Ave General de Gaulle to the Station. It takes 10 minutes. I heard earlier this week that the bus now stops a...
by Richard and Sharon
Thu 30 Aug 2018 16:53
Forum: Places to visit/Info about the area
Topic: Is parking in Collouire free in the winter (Sat)
Replies: 5
Views: 1758

You are very welcome, enjoy your time in Collioure!
by Richard and Sharon
Sat 11 Aug 2018 20:11
Forum: Services & Trades
Topic: English speaking notaire recomendations
Replies: 5
Views: 809

Herve Philippe also did the legals when we bought our place. Charming man, very professional and perfect English.
by Richard and Sharon
Mon 30 Jul 2018 20:58
Forum: P-O. Life Café
Topic: Summer is upon us
Replies: 15
Views: 1760

That might be an interesting visit, thanks for the tip Martyn.

And while I'm on, is there anywhere that sells decent aged steak in the area (to cook, not in a restaurant). For a country so very good at food, the beef steak quality seems a bit lacking from what I have found so far.
by Richard and Sharon
Wed 18 Jul 2018 12:03
Forum: Airport Transport
Topic: Barcelona Airport Mon 23rd July
Replies: 0
Views: 710

Barcelona Airport Mon 23rd July

Going from Collioure to collect a friend that lands 6.30pm on Mon 23rd July if anyone wants a lift.
by Richard and Sharon
Tue 03 Apr 2018 20:50
Forum: Restaurant reviews and food matters
Topic: In praise of the KFC French Pilon
Replies: 16
Views: 2685

I must warn you against the KFC in Brno, probably the greasiest food I ever ate, but nothing else was open at 9pm on a Sunday evening. My ex business partner adored KFC and used to "treat me" on the way back south on the M6 from the Standish operation", I've welcomed it then, after a 18 hour day.
by Richard and Sharon
Tue 03 Apr 2018 20:37
Forum: Travel
Topic: Rail Strike
Replies: 2
Views: 972

Driving to Cerbere to do the walk to Portbou with son, his partner and my grandson, we saw the SNCF covering buses covering today. Life goes on!
by Richard and Sharon
Fri 16 Mar 2018 11:59
Forum: Restaurant reviews and food matters
Topic: A nice cuppa
Replies: 46
Views: 6741

Just been on Calais Wine's website to click and collect La Piat D'Or, but sadly they are out of stock. Iceland were also showing it when this discussion started but it is no longer listed as available there either. Maybe they have ceased production again.

Sorry Martyn and other interested folks.
by Richard and Sharon
Wed 07 Mar 2018 14:03
Forum: Entertainment & Events
Topic: Anyone know?
Replies: 3
Views: 1383

Maybe worth following them on Facebook or asking them via a message

https://www.facebook.com/David-Costa-Co ... 980048235/
by Richard and Sharon
Sat 03 Mar 2018 22:35
Forum: Restaurant reviews and food matters
Topic: A nice cuppa
Replies: 46
Views: 6741

I am not up for a full case for myself, sight unseen, but if it is not too far out of your way I will cough for a case for a blind tasting, say against Vieux Papes and Santiago’s cheapest wine (and I’ll pay for those too, if enough people will sign up to come and drink them). Delighted to pick ...
by Richard and Sharon
Thu 01 Mar 2018 17:58
Forum: Restaurant reviews and food matters
Topic: A nice cuppa
Replies: 46
Views: 6741

Hi Martyn, I left the wrong quote, meant to refer to Alan's reference to what my husband and I refer to as weasel s@*t coffee. "In addition to our chosen coffee, I also bought some Kopi Luwak coffee which is made from beans eaten and defecated by a small animal. Despite being very expensive, the ta...
by Richard and Sharon
Thu 01 Mar 2018 17:11
Forum: Restaurant reviews and food matters
Topic: A nice cuppa
Replies: 46
Views: 6741

I am not up for a full case for myself, sight unseen, but if it is not too far out of your way I will cough for a case for a blind tasting, say against Vieux Papes and Santiago’s cheapest wine (and I’ll pay for those too, if enough people will sign up to come and drink them). At the worst, I co...
by Richard and Sharon
Wed 28 Feb 2018 16:52
Forum: Restaurant reviews and food matters
Topic: A nice cuppa
Replies: 46
Views: 6741

martyn94 wrote:
Kate wrote:
Amusing to me, my most frequented coffee shop across the pond, in the small Californian town where my daughter lives, sells a coffee they call "French". It tastes nothing like anything I have had in France and should be avoided.
When i first met my husband 30 years ago, and he came back to England with me for the first time, he was fascinated by the advert 'ze French adore le Piat d'Or'. Friends always brought a bottle round because they were sure that he would love it. Neither he nor any of our french friends had ever heard of it of course - and were very unimpressed when they did eventually taste it. LOL
Le Piat d’Or could be quite welcome in provincial Britain 30 years ago: it was often that or Babycham. Of course it wasn’t found here, at least under that name. But the rough French equivalents were no better: “Vieux Papesâ€￾, anyone? And that’s certainly still around.

And so is “le Piat d’Orâ€￾, amazingly, at least according to Google. And almost on our doorstep (still made in the Gers). Perhaps Tony Goodman could do some research for us: I’ll pay for the diesel.
It is still available in the UK, and this is what they say about it:

"This is a lovely ruby rich Merlot packed with aromas of juicy dark berries and smooth flavours reminiscent of sweet ripe and plummy dark fruits.
A French classic of the 80s re-borne and rejuvenated for the 21st century.
Delicious on its own or accompanying red meat dishes or pasta."

It is £5 at Iceland (a fine old English vintner, for those of you who have lived in France a very long time. So good that Mumms shop there according to the adverts) It is only £2.50 at Calais wines. As we are driving down in a couple of weeks I am happy to take any orders!
by Richard and Sharon
Wed 28 Feb 2018 15:19
Forum: Restaurant reviews and food matters
Topic: Interesting Restaurants in the Vallespir and other PO?
Replies: 26
Views: 4371

You can but.... We enjoyed the menu dégustation there immensely in mid January, but my memories of the detail are sadly fading. We have a reservation for lunch in April, may I write a short review after that?
by Richard and Sharon
Wed 28 Feb 2018 15:08
Forum: Restaurant reviews and food matters
Topic: A nice cuppa
Replies: 46
Views: 6741

Ah yes, I have had the bottomless coffee in Denny's and remember La Piat d'Ore. Both to be avoided in my view. I also had dinner with my daughter and her husbands family at an "Italian" restaurant in their home town. When ordering a salad to start the waitress listed "Italian" as one of the dressing...