Village Clock

Last week a friend, Jan, and I took to the road for a bit of exploring. We drove from my village down through the village of Villeneuve,  Tuchan on one of the back routes going in the direction of Perpignan and Spain. These were windy, narrow and hilly roads. The sun was shining but not too hot. In other words, a perfect day.

We were in no rush and just looking forward to spending some time in the sun and discover what lie in the area. After driving through a number of smaller villages, we arrived in Estagel. The village has a population of 1900 and several shops, restaurants, cafes and markets. While not quite as large as its neighbour, Rivesaltes, it does not lack for anything. Filled with beautiful architecture, charming shops, cafes and friendly people, this village also boasts numerous displays of art.

The statue in the center of Estagel is of a famous son, François Arago ( 1786-1853). He was a French mathematician, physicist, astronomer and politician.  Arago was awarded the Copley Medal in 1825 by the Royal Society and in 1850 the Rumford Medal. The Arago Medal was instituted in 1893 by the Academy of Sciences and craters on both the Moon and Mars plus a ring of Neptune have been named in his honor.  Upon his death, François Arago was interred in the Père Lachaise cemetery in Paris.




Estagel – Mairie et la poste
A public courtyard
Interesting door
I hope this is not the sign you are looking for?
The route divides into two streets past the arch
In the center of the village, this restaurant offers a great view of the clock tower
Bon appetit Jan!
A few village shops – also space for rent
Typical and charming
A view from the restaurant
Statue: François Arago

19 thoughts on “Estagel

    1. Yes, I just could not walk past that sign and not take a photo. It happened to be alongside the road where we parked. I am so glad you enjoyed the day out. 🙂

  1. Hi Sis. I find the number and size of the buildings not exemplary of 1900 people. I take it there is no supporting work for them except service jobs? How do they manage to make a wage? Love Marie

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    1. Actually the people of Estagel do quite well. They have IT, agriculture (I only showed the heart of the village) and much more. Additionally, they are very close to Perpignan which is quite large. Love, Lea

    1. Chere Christine, merci beaucoup! You are very kind and I am happy to hear that you are enjoying the posts. It is great to know you are along on the outings.


  2. It does look like a perfect day! I love how the bright colors of the town came through in your photos. The people/shadow painting is really interesting.

    1. It was a perfect day and excellent company. Unfortunately, you could not see the snow-capped peaks of the Pyrenees.

      Yes Sheila, the shadow people painting was very interesting and I had to include it. Thanks for commenting.

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