Archive for the ‘Mountain Life’ Category

MIDI-PYRENEES: Top 10 things to do in the Ariege this summer …

Well, apart from sitting in a flower filled meadow and doing absolutely nothing! you could also….   1) Climb the second highest peak in the French Pyrenees and stay in a refuge 2) Cycle the famous Tour de France Cols 3) Walk through waterfalls along the famous GR10 Trans Pyrenees Route 4) Trek with a […]

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MIDI-PYRÉNEES – ski in the beautiful Pyrenees mountains …

The Midi-Pyrénees  is spread over eight departments. It’s impossible to cover all of the different property markets in this small blog, but the golden rule being that; rural property is cheaper, while property in, or close to big towns such as Toulouse, comes at a premium. Three of the départments touch the Spanish border. The […]

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PYRÉNÉES ATLANTIQUES & LANDES – Wine making time in the Jurançon region…

It’s “vendange” time here in the Jurançon region – lots of activities going on in the “Chais” from September to December – if you’re into dry white wine – this is the place to be !

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PYRÉNÉES ATLANTIQUES & LANDES – European Heritage Days

  Ride the ‘Petit Train d’Artouste’ The 19th and 20th September are “Heritage Days” here in France (a chance to discover national treasures not far from home), so why not take the opportunity to ride in what is regarded as the ‘highest train’ in Europe – le Petit Train d’Artouste. Before going on the trip up […]

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ARIEGE – A beautiful department in the heart of a Parc Naturelle …

It seems to me, sometimes, that the world needs to know about the Ariege, so let me tell you why I love it so … It’s a department set within the region of the Midi-Pyrenees and bordered by Spain. With no big industry here, tourism and agriculture are the main income generating activities. Pollution free, […]

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PYRÉNÉES-ATLANTIQUES & LANDES – Summer events in the Vallée d’Ossau …

August 2015: This year, experience the transhumance in the Ossau valley. Transhumance is “the action or practice of moving livestock from one grazing ground to another in a seasonal cycle, typically to lowlands in winter and highlands in summer”. You can witness the return of the herds of cattle from Ayous to the “plateau du Bénou” […]

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PYRÉNÉES ATLANTIQUES & LANDES – The natural beauty of Bious Artigues …

Le Lac de Bious Artigues At the limit of the Parc National des Pyrénées and at the foot of the Pic du Midi d’Ossau, easily accessible by car in summer, the site of Bious Artigues is a fantastic natural environment family walks or rambles,even with small children. From here you have some of the most […]

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PYRÉNÉES ATLANTIQUES & LANDES – 4 days of celebrations in the foothills …

The 15th August in Laruns at the foot of the Pyrenees (public holiday in France – traditionally a religious fête, the Assumption of Our Lady) For 4 days Laruns celebrates “Notre Dame” – or in béarnaise “Hesto de Nouste damo”. You’ll find music, concerts, folk dancing, street parties, games. Come and discover the “ossalois” culture, […]

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