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Nov 27, 2007
So still in the "pyrennées orientales"!

Sunday the 18th was very sunny, & no wind!! ahah, that was a warm winter day. We drove to st hippolyte, where we were supposed to find a castle... hmm... we saw something like that, but being renovated, & no way to see anything interesting. So we decided to get to the pond... actually a huge one. Similar to a lake. It is the pond of salses. It reaches the sea on one side. We found a lovely place to stop, for the dogs to run & me to make pix We didn't find any path to walk, & the surroundings were quite wet & full of seaplants. So we decided to look for a spot to walk, & turned around the lake... we found out about hundred little houses all around, hidden in the grass. Amazing to find such a huge community, all living in peace & by the water. Unfortunately, all the surroundings were gardens, so no chance for us to walk at all. So next, we went to the fortress of salses. Amazing spot! Nice surroundings. Rocks covered with grass, & a pine forest. i got out of the woods really smelly due to the tree, but a lovely smell. gyzmo left us for over an hour & didn't mean to come back, we were a bit mad at him for we wanted to go to other places, but he refused to come back. So after about 2 hours at the fortress, laurent got him & we went to the sea. We found a castle in fitou (aude) but they turned it into half visiting castle then the other half being a restaurant! The castle wasn't pretty at all, but i got crazy when i saw all the cactus So we went to the line of land between the pond & the sea & stopped by a lovely place with a lake. The sky was gorgeous, the water awesome! nanny got for a swim, she was in heaven there. Then we got to leucate, a big city for both tourism & fishing You have all those "sea fruit" restaurants all along. The weird thing is they have the building, & right behind, the boat that goes to get their "meals".
On the 19th, we went on the beach again. We found on, in a national park. There was a river, falling in the sea. It was really windy & the waves were going crazy. It was a wonderful sight. We sat sometime in the sand to enjoy the view & breathe some fresh air. We then walked to a field of cacti & guess what: they had fruit, perfectly ripe. We picked many. How delicious. All dark, very dark pink. i'm usually not a big fan of those fruit, but i have to say that this time, it was a delight In the evening i mixed them in a salad: baby tomatoes, orange, olives, mushrooms & cactus fruit. i really enjoyed it!
The next 2 days, we went in the direction of the spanish border. We wanted to visit the church of marcevol & the hotsprings. It was rainning when we left perpignan & it rained on a big part of the way. We first stopped in prade to see an organic coop. It was actually a huge healthfood store & we didn't find anyone interesting to talk to. Then we visited an organic fruit farmer in los masos. She had apples, juices, sorbets. Then we waited for the tourism office in prade to open & ask them about the hot springs, but we found out they are on private properties, so no that good. But i didn't feel like getting in the water anyway, since the weather was quite grey.
Out of prade, we found a lovely abbaye. So we drove to mont louis, then odeillo, where there are solar ovens. The first one is really small, just a touristic attraction. The 2nd is the biggest on earth, yeah! just that ahah!! Amazing building. It is 30 years old & is now used by the army. i pictured it just too bad the sun was not around. It was getting close to the end of the day, so we looked for a place to stay. We went up the mountains, to a lake. We stayed in the woods, & did not reach the lake for the weather was getting worse as we were going up. The road we took was completely empty, we didn't see any car. We even found a camping ground that was closed but the gate was open... we didn't stay there though & found a lovely spot right behind some trees. There was snow, so i had my first walk in the snow this year When we woke up, we went to the lake "les angles". We saw this amazing hotel (close at the moment) that so much reminded me of the one in "shinning"! That was really cool. The weather was cloudy, there was almost no light. A very gloomy atmosphere. We walked a bit around the lake, that was covered with cold. We got back to the solar oven in odeillo, it was sunny this time, but not much. Then we went to "themis", the spot to find a solar central... Unfortunately, the weather there was the same as up in th mountains, so that was quite weird to see this central surrounded by smoke & with no sun at all!
On the way back to perpignan, we stopped in marcevol, to see the "prieuré". That was a magical place. The weather was warm & very sunny! i walked up the little village with nanny & we met some of the people living there: dogs, horses, all free, walking through the village with no human around. Only the donkies were locked up in a field. a horse & a dog followed us to the parking lot. Then we stopped in "illes sur têt" where you have a formation of orgues in the mountains. We walked a bit in the woods there & found some lovely mushrooms that looked like stones & a nice cherry apple tree. We met a wild turkey. At the same time, there was a wild pig hunt, so we heard the guns... & met the hunters on our way back... they all looked so happy of their hunt, that was disgusting!
We got back to perpignan. In the evening, laurent got a call from his mother telling she was coming back the next night, so i thought it would be better to leave. The next morning, laurent was not ready to leave, so we stayed one more day to my greatest despair. Anyhow, when i woke up the next morning, she was not back, laurent told me later she had a problem with the car. So we left in the afternoon, to go south, in the mountains, we wanted to visit "douceur & harmony", an ecovillage, vegan & selfsustained. We got there by the end of the afternoon. 6 people living there at the moment, 4 permanently, 2 visitors. The permanent visitors are between 60 & 87. They are spiritual vegans... with is not much my cup of tea. It was really weird for me to be there. i couldn't find anything to tell them. Many writtings on the walls, explaining why not consumming non humans & why it is ok to eat plants, even though they admit they are sentient, but not the same as animals... which is the perfect excuse to eat them.
They grow their food, or as much as they can, live with the money taken to visitors & sometimes during the summer, they sell their veggies to tourists. They own a huge land. The land is the one of the eldest woman, she got it in 1964. She was the nicest person there. Hey philippe, she mentionned you, saying hello
Laurent wanted to spend the night there, but i didn't. i couldn't imagine sharing a meal with those people. Especially since there was no raw fruit for me. Laurent (who still eats cooked fruit) could have eaten some pumpkins, talking away the veggies mixed with them, but i really didn't want to get into the discussion of why not eating plants, they were too closed minded on that topic. To the question "why not eating plants", the answer was quick: "what would we eaat otherwise?!!" Also, the man there was terribly sexist. In his attitude & words. So we left, looking for a place to stay for the night. We actually crossed the border (we were very close to spain, & i thought it'd be better to got there). We found a road with no custom, that was awesome since gyzmo has no papers, laurent couldn't find them when we left! So we got on the other side with  no problems We drove a little bit, then found a lovely church for dinner! We ate there, then drove some more & found a lovely path, half in the woods, lightened by the full moon. We spent a good night & woke up refreshed. It was good for me to be in spain. The night wasn't cold at all.
The next day, we drove to the sea. We actually first stopped in girona to find a healthfoodstore. We found one, but not much to eat there. Once on the coast, we found another one, but still not much choice when it comes to raw fruits. Oh well, we found some oranges, clementines & avocados. We didn't stop much, just in tossa de mar, a lovely city with a beautiful old town. We walked on the beach, then in the old town. i really enjoyed picturing this place. The first one in spain. After driving some more, we got in the mountain to find a place to sleep. i was really tired of being in the car all day. We found a national park & parked in a tiny path in there. The moon was still very bright. The next morning, on the 25th, we left quite early to go to barcelona. Hey foxy, i thought of you when you got there for iggy's concert There, everything started to mess up! ahah! i was really pissed because of my lac of freedom. i didn't feel like visiting anything. Even though barcelona seems to be a beautiful town, i was tired of being locked up in this van, then to have no freedom to access the internet or even walk alone... After an hour in the city, & the usual unhability of laurent to find anything, we left, driving south... the place where we should have been for weeks! So laurent stopped talking to me & took the highway to go faster! He drove & drove... we actually made about 800 km on the same day! i saw alicante on the boards, thinking, damn, i won't even be able to see rudolf Then wwhen laurent eventually talked to me, that was about 30mn from alicant... asking me about how to get to rudolf's place... & i was like, you don't pop out at people's place like that with out calling before. If you had told me in barcelona, i could have called him to ask if we could get there at night, but since you didn't talk to me, i thought you waanted to drive south with no stop! So he got to alicante, looking for a tobbacco shop... but didn't find anything, since it was sunday!! AH!! When night was here, he started looking for a place to sleep. & of course, couldn't find any place. The land around alicante (on the south part) is only full of commercial centers & clementines' fields. So he drove for over an hour, looking for a place. He was exhausted for driving the whole day. He was also mad. At him, at me... i dunno. When it was almost 10, i told him the best way could be to get to one of those cities & find a hotel... yes, me, offering a hotel room... i know you wouldn't believe it... but it's true. He looked like dead. Maybe because i told him earlier that this is the worse trip of my life... even with john 4 years ago, it was not that bad! He stayed in the van quite a long time before he got to the room. Then went to bed. We didn't talk. i cannot imagine continuing this trip in such conditions. But i so much want to go south. i need warmth, & we already drove so much, that it would be silly to go back to the cold paris. So close to the goal... i just don't know what to do. i need time by myself, but never can get any!
oh, mum, i couldn't find the place you mentioned with the migrant birds... all i could see was an island, but we didn't get up there on the way. We only reached the sea in palamos.
i'm so sad things messed up with laurent.
i'm just so pissed about this all trip. i said i wouldn't travel with someone anymore... & see how it's going... i'm doing it & it is quite a nightmare.
Anyway, the next morning, we eventually got to talk & i called rudolf. He was home & we were about 40 km from alicante, so we drove to rudolf's place! i was so excited to see him again We got there some time after noon & talked sitting in his garden, in the sun. Then the night fell slowly, warmth with it. We slept in his house, but i got really really cold. i don't know how long we'll stay, anyway, it is great to have a wonderful conversation & see rudolf again. Nanny feels really good there & eats a lot of tomatoes lol!!
i woke up early & went up the mountain to see this old abandoned building, "el preventorio". What a bad surprise for me to see people working in there & all the way locked... impossible to enter... then part of it has already been destroyed... sigh!! Then i went higher to see an old house in ruin that i remembered... & everything was locked! So no pix of destroyed houses yet. Just the sky & some mountains... But you'll see the pix next time since i didn't get the chance to download them. Anyway, less pix then the last time but some
So here we are, today in alicante. Hard to find this restaurant with a wifi access, but at least i got it, thanx to laurent who looked hard to find it. i'm gonna download all my emails & will reply later.
What else... hummm, we'll get back in aigues where rudolf lives later this afternoon... more landscapes, more pix... we'll see !
hey all, have an awesome day & write to you later!

be well all,

pel

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