I have not gone back to this place a lot since living in the US and DK, and it is what I still refer to as 'my true home' as our family roots in the area date back to the early 1600s, when it was actually still Spanish.
I spent a lot of time in Vinça when I was younger, and I learned a lot about life from my grand parents, whom I still miss a lot. I even went to school in the village for one trimester! Vinça is therefore loaded with history and memories for me - a place where I can connect to my lineage in a sort of unequivocal way.
It is also a breathtaking place, right by the Mount Canigou. I hope you'll get to visit some day!
More on that part of France here:
What to see/visit in the area:
|View over Vinça from outside of the cemetery - the bell tower dates back to the 12th century and was restaured in the mid 1700s|
|Persimmons I collected from a tree in our ~3 acre yard (dare I call it 'a park'?)|
|The view from the graves of my grand parents and great grand mother in the cemetery of Vinça - not a bad place to spend eternity! The peak at a distance is mount Canigou (2,700 m = 9,000 ft)|
|Our house in Vinça, which was built in the late 1800s and acquired by my family in the 1920s if I recall correctly what I've been told about our history|
|The lake in Vinça - our house is on the other end of the lake, behind the patch of trees that can be seen in the center|
|Cozy tea-time by the fire place which bears the initials of my grand father and my ancestors before him: 'EV' for 'Edmond Vicens'|
|My bedroom for the past 36 years!|
|View from a balcony in our house - I've always sworn this was the same hill that Zorro would wave from when leaving in the sunset!|
|Recycling wood 'the Catalan way' ;-)|
|Sunset over a field of olive trees at the Provence border, right by the highway! Photo taken on my way back to Nice|