Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Continuing the Day in Perpignan

After lunch, I head into the market square, admiring the foods and crafts of the region, especially the local seafood.

 Market square

From the market, it's a short walk to the castle, former home of the ruler of the Kingdom of Mallorca (Palais des Rois de Majorque), built in 1276 by King Jaime II of Mallorca (Majorca).  The  castle is built in a Gothic style, with Moorish, Arabic, and Spanish influences in the architecture.  I wander through the rooms, galleries, fortifications, and courtyards and admire the view from its elevated perch overlooking the city.

 Castle entrance

 Castle rooms and courtyards

 View from the castles (Pyrenees in the distance)

 In one of the rooms, an art exhibit covers the walls with pleasing portraits.

 Art in the castle

Leaving the castle, I wander back through the old town and return to the beach, where a large fall storm is rolling in across the Mediterranean.

 Returning through old town

 Back at the beach, rainstorm arriving

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