After a late changeover between a French guest and some friends of friends here, we decided to park by the town hall and walk across the bridge into Argeles village for dinner. The Eglise Notre Dame del Prat (our lady of the meadow in Catalan) is simple but very beautiful with some lovely marble and a set of what look to me like seriously old paintings.
Part 14thc with earlier bones and a Romanesque bell tower it is worth a visit; handily situated across from La Noisette who do some of the best lunches here!
Many restaurants open only for lunch after the end of September, but one of our old favourites, La Gamate is still buzzing. They have a 20 euro 3 course menu of very good quality- we had lightly battered calamari and a big plateful of crevettes with home made aoli to start, then chicken supreme served with fries and a creamy spinach mix, a tagliatelli with tomatoes and pistou and giant fresh scallops, then home made raspberry panacotta and dark bitter chocolate topped tiramisu. Sorry for lack of photos, we demolished it!
Strolling back to the car, we passed the newly refurbished L’Hostalet hotel. Whoever picked that palette and the finishes I could see is not only sensitive to traditional local paint colours but has buckets of natural good taste.
In the late evening warmth, the houses lining our walk had their windows thrown open and bursts of laughter, appetising cooking aromas and the clink of glasses drifted down. It looks like Argeles is recovering from the crise and the terrible damage caused by major floods a few years ago this month. We are so happy that our second home is getting it’s redoubtable mojo back!