|City Centre of Figueres|
|Salt cod and young garlic omelette|
Happily fed, we continued our drive towards Perpignan. Enroute, we passed La Jonquera, and a sight we kept seeing were the many prostitutes peddling their services along highways and service roads. Unfamiliar with the lay of the land, we did not stop to snap a pic or 2, but the element of novelty was mixed with a wariness of the sinister operation behind it, and a tinge of sadness for the dangerous way these women have to endure in order to make a living. We later discover through the worldwide web that La Jonquera is home to Europe's largest brothel and because authorities are lax to enforce uncertain prostitution laws, this town does a roaring business attracting the French from across the border.
|Perpignan city centre|
But it was still a pleasant enough walk around town, exploring a couple of the historical sights near the city centre, and pretty brick laid houses with quaint stores at ground level.
Food wise, despite the proximity to Spain, was more French in style but with Catalan produce like jamon in abundance. On Sunday night, there wasn't a whole lot of choice with food since most restaurants were shut too. But at the suggestion of the hotel concierge, we ate at Cafe Vienne, right in the centre of town. We were a little apprehensive since it was right smack in tourist belt but quality was more than competent.
|Cafe Vienne's Mussels Mariniere|
|Cafe Vienne's Duck Confit with Potatoes|
|Le Petit Moka's Chicken Gizzard Salad|
|Le Petit Moka's Crepe Miele|
And we were off again. Next stop: Carcassone.
Sentits Restaurant Gastronomic
Calle de la Rambla, 11-12
Figueres, Cataluña 17600
3 Place Arago
Perpignan, France 66000
Le Petit Moka
37 Quai Vauban