"Toulouse - Perpignan, cross the border at Port Bou and from there on down the coast to Barcelona - Valencia - Granada - Seville."

Toulouse is home to the 18th century Capitole de Toulouse, which includes the Hôtel de Ville, Théâtre du Capitole (opera house) and the 16 th century Donjon du Capitole. Hugely inhabited,

Capitole of Toulouse, and the square of the same name with the Occitan cross designed by Raymond Moretti on the ground.
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeCapitole of Toulouse, and the square of the same name with the Occitan cross designed by Raymond Moretti on the ground. - Credit: Benh LIEU SONG

Toulouse saw a surge in population size during the 1900s, helped along by its aerospace and high-tech industries. Indeed, Toulouse now provides a base for the European aerospace industry, its Space Centre the largest in Europe

Sanch de Perpignan
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In Perpignan, (bookmarked previously), the Procession de la Sanch is an annual ceremony once again held in the area (pictured). It takes place on Good Friday and sees a masked procession parade the streets, representative of prisoners who, on being led to their execution, were kept hidden from public view.

Meanwhile, LMS’s transition from France into Spain, saw him pass through Port Bou, a small location which was however, fairly significant during the Spanish Civil War because of its rail infrastructure.

Port Bou
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Moving onto Valencia, the city is well known for its famous paella dish and the Falles Festival. A port city, Valencia’s is the largest port on the Mediterranean Western coast.

Torres de Quart (València)
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The former industrial city saw many changes during the 1900s, including restoration of significant landmarks (Quart Towers were one), which subsequently drew more visitors into the area.

LMS, going on to the city of Granada, would have found himself at the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountains, yet still just a short hour away from the Mediterranean coastline

Alhambra de Granada, España
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Granada is full of impressive architecture, most notably, the palace city of the Alhambra and its exotic Gereralife garden. The Alhambra is a beautiful representation of Spanish-muslim art from the 13th and 14th centuries and is one of the most famous of Islamic buildings.

Also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Alhambra comprises a defensive zone, the Nasrid Palaces and of course, ‘El Generalife’ – with palace, gardens and orchards.