Cerbere countryside

Passing through Cerbere’s rugged and sad countryside

Almost barren countryside

Almost barren countryside

It was like in the movies: rugged countryside, almost barren except for clumps of vegetation. A lonely overcast day when the clouds come down from the heavens and linger on mountain tops. Road and rail tracks crisscross the scenery while two toned villas cling like barnacles on a rock but sloping from the mountainside to the coastline.

There was no horizon as the sky seemed to have dipped its toes into the Mediterranean. A forlorn view. Where are the people? A few minutes ago, we were walking from the Gare de Cerbère and passed through a colorful tunnel. The town of Cerbere, in the Langeudoc-Roussillon region of Southern France was nearly deserted except for a lady who took a dip at the beach. Or the few cars that pass by the lonely roads.

I didn’t mind, eventually. The beautiful scenery unfolded as I nonchalantly gazed out the bus window. Sky dissolved into the sea. Sky hugging the mountain tops. A lonely cove with a beach after a bend in the road. It was a sad scenery. Sad yet beautiful.

Rail tracks cuts through the scene

Rail tracks cuts through the scene

Well paved roads and scenic countryside

Well paved roads and scenic countryside

Almost a familiar scene but in France

Almost a familiar scene but in France

Sky, sea and mountains

Sky, sea and mountains

Rugged terrain meets the Mediterranean Sea

Rugged terrain meets the Mediterranean Sea

A small cove and beach

A small cove and beach

The town of Cerbere in the French regioin of Languedoc-Roussillon

The town of Cerbere in the French regioin of Languedoc-Roussillon

Estan Cabigas is freelance photographer, blogger and writer based in Makati City, the Philippines. A true blue Cebuano, he makes stunning images and meaningful photo stories. His work has been published in local and international publications including National Geographic Magazine, Geo (Germany), Sunday Times Magazine (London) and other publications. He is also a peripatetic traveler and has traveled to all 81 Philippines provinces. I'm open for work, collaborations and inquiries, including hotel, restaurant and site features and reviews.

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