A labor of love
Posted 12 years ago

For Stéphane and Nathalie Ferrat snails are a labor of love, not for the slimy gastropods they raise but for each other.

Escargot farmers raise snails with love
They call it gypsy gospel music
Posted 12 years ago

Just as American gospel musicians bring the music of Southern Baptist churches to the masses, the Perpignan-based gypsy band Tekameli shares the evangelical religion that many modern-day gypsies have adopted.

Restoring Fort Dugommier
Posted 12 years ago

The breathtaking vistas and medieval castle of Collioure have inspired artists for generations. But for one artist, the primary source of inspiration is the phallic tower rising over the bay.

Artist transforms historic Fort Dugommier
A taste of paradise
Posted 13 years ago

Pastry chef Roger Martinez spends hours crafting pastries to perfection, only to have them devoured in mere moments.

Pastry chef offers a taste of paradise
Hark, How the Bells
Posted 13 years ago

The 46 bronze bells inside the bell tower at Cathedral St. Jean-Baptiste de Perpignan survived two world wars and more than 100 years of disuse to become one of France’s…

Hark, how the bells
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InPerpignan.net is a multimedia magazine about Perpignan, a Catalan city in southwestern France. It is produced by students in a summer study-abroad program co-sponsored by the San Francisco State University Journalism Department and the Institute for Education in International Media.

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Artist transforms historic Fort Dugommier

The breathtaking vistas and medieval castle of Collioure have inspired artists for generations. But for one artist, the primary source of inspiration is the phallic tower rising over the bay. . . . → Read More: Artist transforms historic Fort Dugommier

Random acts of kindness

A lost bag of tea forces an American to question her stereotypes of the French. . . . → Read More: Random acts of kindness

Pastry chef offers a taste of paradise

Pastry chef Roger Martinez spends hours crafting pastries to perfection, only to have them devoured in mere moments. . . . → Read More: Pastry chef offers a taste of paradise

Hark, how the bells

The 46 bronze bells inside the bell tower at Cathedral St. Jean-Baptiste de Perpignan survived two world wars and more than 100 years of disuse to become one of France’s unique treasures: a fully intact carillon. . . . → Read More: Hark, how the bells

Pièce montée: A traditional French dessert

Pièces montées, elaborate cakes made of “assembled pieces,” have been used in French celebrations since medieval times. Traditionally wedding guests would bring small cakes and stack them in a pile, creating a pyramid of sweets in the center of the table. . . . → Read More: Pièce montée: A traditional French dessert

Secularism in France

Church bells ring out over the terracotta rooftops of Perpignan and fall upon deaf ears. Pews remain mostly empty Sunday after Sunday and the many relics of France’s holy past remain untouched by French citizens. . . . → Read More: Secularism in France

Truly social media

I could not help but think of the “fireside chats” of the Great Depression as I walked through the modern France Bleu Roussillon (101.6 FM in Perpignan) radio station a couple of weeks ago.  Radio host Virginie Saint-Clair gave us a tour of the station, which has a web site where people can listen to . . . → Read More: Truly social media

Je voudrais that…

Learning a new language is not one of my strong suits. Communicating verbally is definitely not up my alley, which may be why I prefer to use the written word.

I seem to comprehend French better when I can read along. I can get the gist of the meaning when it is written. My . . . → Read More: Je voudrais that…

(Un)tattooed Nation

Making my way down the street I can feel the stares. Both men and women pass by me, inching closer to get a gander at the colorful design on my shoulder. I can feel their breath as they pass and hear faint French whispering, either praise, surprise or disapproval. . . . → Read More: (Un)tattooed Nation

The streets are alive–finally

Perpignan turns into a different place when hoards of tourists arrive in early July. . . . → Read More: The streets are alive–finally