Gruissan: La mer - France: Between the Mediterranean and the Pyrenees - CycleBlaze

September 1, 2007

Gruissan: La mer

Today we are absolutely lazy. We do little more than pedal to the beach and have a look at the Mediterranean.

Possibly it was this stretch of the French Mediterranean coast that inspired Charles Trenet when he wrote his international hit "La Mer". As the story goes, the French singer and songwriter, born in Narbonne, wrote the lyrics of "La Mer" on the train in 1943 supposedly in ten minutes on toilet paper supplied by SNCF (French Railway) while travelling along the French Mediterranean coast, returning to Narbonne from Paris.

The wind-whipped sand stings our bare legs and we are soon again on our bicycles, seeking an internet café where we can find a weather forecast in the Internet for the coming days.

La Mer. Charles Trenet supposedly wrote the lyrics of "La Mer" while travelling along the French Mediterranean coast
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Scott AndersonThat song always makes me think of France and travel, of course. It’s been a siren since I was in high school. And Gruissan! I love this part of the country.
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