Tasha & Kiri's Winter En France travel blog

Pau Chateau, a small part. Henri IV was born here

another part of Pau Chateau

part of Pau Chateau garden

Pau Chateau gatehouse - Kiri thought she'd like to live here

Boulevard des Pyrenees morning light leaving Pau - on a clear day,...

famous entrance to the Oloron Ste Marie Cathedral

the dead bishop and the blindfolded donkey - this statue represents the...

baby goats

stained glass window detail of the house that Pierre built (totally renovated)...

On the 28th of Febuary after leaving Escots we spent the day in Bagneres-de-Bigorre at the thermal baths, which was totally awesome! The saunas, the hot tubs on the rooftop, the Turkish Bath and the many pools were just amazing!

We then took a bus to Tarbes and a train from Tarbes to Pau were we spent the night before going to Oloron-Sainte-Marie. In Pau we visited the ball rooms in 'Le Palais Beaumont' and then we walked in the gardens of 'Le Chateau'. We ate duck for dinner that night and it was lovely except that the waitress had something against Tasha.

While Tasha is still recovering from her flu (the doctor said that it could continue for two to three weeks!) we are staying with a sister of a friend in Yellowknife, (thanks!) and have been taking it pretty easy.

The first day that we were visiting we toured the town and saw the Cathedral, the church at the top of the hill, and looked out the gigantic windows of the new library, precautionly builded in between the two rivers that meet right below it. No fish sighted! Oh, and we visited the Lindt chocolate factory and bought lots of chocolate. We thought it was only made in Switzerland, but if you look at the packages, there it is: Oloron-Ste-Marie, France, as well!

Agnes Bougois and Pierre Mathieu have been so welcoming and their daughter Aurelia has been very good at entertaining Kirianne, one day taking her to her uncle's goat cheese farm, where she played with the baby goats, gave baby bottles to them and to a new-born lamb. (Aurelia's uncle has a few ewes, as well, one of the reasons is because the ewes milk is better for a under-sized baby goat then its mothers milk.) Another morning was spent going to the market.

Something that makes the home even more homey-like is the fact that there is an old dog, Chataigne (Chestnut), an old cat, Caramelle (Caramel) and the family is taking care of a friend's young dog, Clara.

We are planning to leave tomorrow and head to Albi and then on to Conques, one of the stops on the St. Jacques de Compostello Trail. We may rent a car to tour the Massif Central and Valley of the Tarn and Lot, because there is no easy way to get around. We only have a few days, really, before we then head to Barcelona to meet our friends from Yellowknife.

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