Sunday evening, we walked about 60 steps from our front door to the church which defines the centre of centreville in Argeles-sur-mer. We were there to enjoy one of the monthly Les Musicales concerts sponsored by the village, this one featuring cellists from the region and an amazing soprano opera singer from Paris.
Two days earlier, we took 60 steps in the other direction to the Cinema Jaures, our one-screen theatre, which was holding an international film festival - including appearances by some of the film's directors. They've had winners of the Cannes Film Festival and others who have later gone on to acclaim.
In the summer, there's a huge music festival with big-name acts at the Valmy estate on the edge of town. This year's lineup includes Santana and Lenny Kravitz.
Pretty amazing for a village of fewer than 10,000 regular residents, at least two hours from any major population centre. http://www.argeles-sur-mer-tourisme.com/