Monday, March 17, 2014
Watching the fishermen
I've always been intrigued by the wholesale fish market but had never gone inside to watch the auction. Today was the day. The buyers were sitting on tiered benches bidding on the fish as it came along a steel conveyer belt. I have no idea what some of the fish were but the ones I did know were selling for half the price you would pay in the store. Once the fish was bought it was loaded into ubiquitous white trucks to be taken to fish stores and restaurants.
Every day the winds increased. Friday was a special day for us so we decided to visit Perpignan, where the winds wouldn't matter. It is always lovely to walk around the town centred around the river Basse. All along the river we could see lots of daffodils and spring flowers in bloom. We had lovely duck breast for lunch with the most over-cooked brussel sprouts. There are loads of very nice restaurants and bistros in Perpignan. Next time. After wandering around the narrow lanes, we finished our trip with a visit to some sporting goods stores looking for wetsuits. The ones we found quite thick, obviously intended for wind surfers, not swimmers, so not this time.
The week finished off with the winds becoming progressively higher until they were a steady 60-kilometres an hour. This makes for uncomfortable walking, especially when the gusts can be even higher, but we are not complaining, not with lovely 24-degree temperatures. Tomorrow the winds will have disappeared, the sun will shine and possibly the water will be just warm enough for a swim.