Pyrenees Mountains Journals

We did not spend enough time in the French Pyrenees

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A travel journal to Pyrenees Mountains by MagdaDH_AlexH

Superbagneres Ski Resort Photo, Pyrenees Mountains, France More Photos
Quote: Four days in the St Beat/Luchon area, May 2011.

From Agen to the Pyrenees

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The only Indian in Auch Photo, Aquitaine, France
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We drive south through the department of Gers – the heart of Gascony – and imperceptibly but quite clearly different from the Dordogne/Lot et Garonne area. It's hillier, more pastoral, just a little bit less cultivated, but enough to make it more appealing. The hills are dotted with castles and fortified villages. The whole area used to be the borderland between the English in aquitaine and the French entrenched around Toulouse. Auch – the regional capital – boasts a huge, Renaissance – Gothic cathedral with ornate, square towers and an amazing rose window, surrounded by narrow streets ad incredibly steep lanes in which a car can hardly fit between the buildings. Monumental st...Read More
St Beat Photo, Pyrenees Mountains, France
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Lower than the Alps but higher than even the highest of the Carpathians, Pyrenees stretch for over 400km between France and Spain, dotted with villages and crossed with passes, but at the highest points raising to over 3,000m above the sea level. Our gite is high above the riverside village of St Beat, one almost miraculously procured at a day's notice from the English owners. The view is among the best we have ever had – and that includes the Southern Alps, Canadian Rockies and the Tatras – ad the house has everything one would need for a good week's (or a month's, or a year's) stay. The next morning, the sun is blazing, yesterday's clouds are gone and we already start regretting that we ...Read More

Chalet Mirador

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Hotel | "Simply Wonderful"

Chalet Mirador Photo, Pyrenees Mountains, France
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The gite sits high above the riverside village of St Beat in the French Pyrenees. We have managed to almost miraculously procure it at a day's notice from the English owners who trusted us enough to grant us such a quick entry.We drive up a narrow, very steep road to what is the highest house in the village, standing on a terrace built into a hillside, in the privacy of its own large garden (grounds, I should probably say), with conifers and walnut trees all around. The house is attractive from the outside and inside instantly comforting and comfortable: we enter into a large living space with a large wood-burner built into a substantial chimney. We won't need the fire, but it...Read More

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Chalet Mirador
St Béat, Near Bagnères de Luchon
Haute-Garonne, Pyrenees Mountains

Saint-Bertrand-de-Comminges

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St Bertrand Photo, Pyrenees Mountains, France
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Saint-Bertrand-de-Comminges is a village near Saint Gaudens in the French Pyrenees. This tiny village has a lustrous history going back to the Roman times, when in 72 BC Pompey established a military camp here in order to defend the pass leading to the Spanish Aran valley This camp grew into a substantial city named Lugdunum Convenarum whose population might have reached 10,000 people. It was repeatedly sacked during the so-called Dark Ages but remained a bishopric and its fortunes underwent a turn for the better in the late 11th century, when Bertrand de l'Isle-Jourdain became the bishop and founded the cathedral. Bertrand was to be canonised later and his tomb, as well as the whole cathe...Read More

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Notre-Dame de Saint-Bertrand-de-Comminges

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Attraction | "A hymn in wood, inside a soaring nave"

Notre-Dame de Saint-Bertrand-de-Comminges Photo, Pyrenees Mountains, France
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The former cathedral is the principal sight in Saint-Bertrand-de-Comminges, a small village in the foothills of the French Pyrenees. The cathedral was founded when Bertrand de l'Isle-Jourdain, later to be canonised, ascended to the local bishop's seat. His tomb became a minor pilgrimage centre as well as an important post on the Santiago the Compostella route. The church is now included on the UNESCO World-Heritage list and is by far the most major sight in Saint-Bertrand-de-Comminges, dominating the village and the whole area. The massif of the cathedral and its huge single tower topped by a wooden helmet seems disproportionately large, and yet the building, even outside, has a compelling...Read More

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Notre-Dame de Saint-Bertrand-de-Comminges
Saint-Bertrand-de-Comminges
Pyrenees Mountains, France
05 61 88 33 12

Superbagneres Ski Resort

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Attraction | "I will be back, though not to ski"

Superbagneres Ski Resort Photo, Pyrenees Mountains, France
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The ski resort of Superbagneres lies at 1,800m above the sea level, high above the French Pyrenees resort and spa town of Bagneres de Luchon. It can be normally accessed by a gondola cable car from Luchon, but at the time of our visit the lift was under annual maintenance so we saved the cost of the ticket, missed the ride and instead drove the eighteen kilometres of tight, sharp switchbacks up the mountain. I can't judge the Superbagneres as a ski resort (I am told it's not that fabulous, being too low and suffering from other problems), but the journey up there is worth every minute of the hair-raising drive for the incredible views of the mountains that open up from every side at – almo...Read More

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Superbagneres Ski Resort
Bagneres Du Luchon
Pyrenees Mountains