We took the scenic route there, a series of dramatic switchbacks across vineyards that eventually spun us into the edge of the town. Parking was going to be a challenge, we knew that, so we grabbed the first space we saw, on a residential street, and set off for the Hotel Vidal, suitcase in tow.
See those musicians? This wasn't only a fête des cerises, it was a fête des bandas as well. Brass bands!
...and dance too with the famous Catalan sardana.
The hotel was already completely booked for Saturday night, so I'd found us a room at Poppy's B and B, which was literally just over the road. Their rooms were all full too when I rang but the owners suggested we stay in their adjacent apartment--two bedrooms with its own lounge, and we had the run of the entire place. An enormous breakfast, loaded bookshelves, delightful terrace, and warm people. Definitely recommended if you ever stay in Céret.
And finally--ta-da!--the Cherry Festival:
Everywhere you looked, people were selling cherries.
|All hail the cherry! Cherry banners hung between the treetops, and even decorated windows and doors. Although the reason for this is a little less celebratory.|
Flies are a real curse in the summer. We've tried every method of attack from the good, old-fashioned swatter, to those nasty sticky rolls of paper that hang from the ceiling and attach themselves to the hair of tall people and, my personal favourite, "sunflowers of death"--little stickies impregnated with fly-killer that you stick on the window. Houses and small stores often have curtains at the entrance. Plain ones, patterned ones, and in Céret, ones with a bunch of cherries on them. We actually came across the store where you can order these. They're made of chain-link in different colours and you can order any design you like, including family photos. Have a look at the web site www.torremer.fr and you realize this company does far more than help keep the flies out.