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We headed for the mountains again this time exploring the lower Têt valley east of Perpignan and particular the Orgues at Ille-sur-Tet

Our road from Elne gave us spectacular views of the Canigou Mountain(2784m) which was snow capped and looking magnificent.

We did not go straight to Ille-sur-Tet as the Orgues were not open until the afternoon at this time of year. We headed to Villefranche-de-Conflent which was founded in 1092 by the counts of Cerdagne to block incursions from rivals in Roussillon. It was remodelled in the 17th century by Vauban who was a Marshal of France and the foremost military engineer of his age. He is known for his skill in both designing fortifications and breaking through them. He also advised Louis XIV on how to consolidate France's borders, to make them more defensible. This small town with two streets and fortified all the way round was very quiet but interesting to wander around.

From there we decided to take a lesser road back to Ille-sur-Tet which took us through the hills on a ridge with some great views.

We then visited the Orgues at Ille-sur-Tet and area of sandstone hoodoos similar to those found in Bryce Canyon (USA) and Drumheller in Canada although on a mini mini scale.

A very different day



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