As we were right by the Spanish border, we went to Spain for lunch, which isn't something you hear everyday. We also went to Montpellier - which was a surprisingly lovely city - and, of course soaked up as much sun as possible on the amazing beaches before returning to dreary August weather in Britain. The one town I was particularly taken with was Villefranche de Conflent: after looking round the ramparts - which I do not recommend walking round in sandals - I explored the cobbled streets and came across loads of small delightful shops. I was in my element, and couldn't resist buying some soaps, candles and a selection of precious stones. The holiday was just what I needed, and would happily visit the Catalan region again.