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About pyreneespilgrimage

Traveler, artist, writer and new media advisor. Author of Travel Writing: See the World, Sell the Story. Author of Pyrenees Pilgrimage, available through Amazon print on demand.

Music Festivals in Basque Lands

The 14th Festival de Basse-Navarre will be held 16-18 August 2013 in Saint-Etienne-de-Baïgorry, France.  In 2000, I visited the mountain town during my long walk across France and learned about the unique festival featuring the Remy Mahler organ in the … Continue reading

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Castle Puivert: Troubadours and Troops

Prior to the  decimating Papal crusade against the Southern French Cathars, Puivert was known for sponsorship of the arts and poetry.  The fifedom and castle served as a meeting place for troubadours in the Aude and Roussillon region and a hospitable … Continue reading

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The City Coat of Arms :: St-Jean-Pied-de-Port

Do cities and townships in the USA have coats of arms?  Some towns offer a “Welcome to…” sign at the main road ornamented with the brands or logos of the organizations that paid for the sign. What about the organizations … Continue reading

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La Guerre des Demoiselles

One Saturday during the walk, I chatted with a local man who noticed me painting the mountain range to the west. He was running errands in a 4×4 with two Huskies in the rear and I was installed on a … Continue reading

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Cave Paintings

The Ariege region of the Pyrenees is riddled with caves.  Presumably many of them contain artifacts, fragments and possibly, paintings. Nature journal reports the 1933 discovery of a magnificent horse drawn and colored on a cave wall.  “The cave, to … Continue reading

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Pyrénées Spas

Since the dawn of European tourism, the lure of enjoying spa waters at Cauterets, Barbazan and other Pyrenees mountain towns attracted visitors from Paris and beyond. Bagnères-de-Bigorre, was made famous by Victorian travelers in search of diversion, healing waters and … Continue reading

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Our Lady of the Holy Waters

Lourdes’ rise to fame came about after the visions of a poorly nourished and sickly teenager in the misty gloom of the Massabielle grotto in 1858. Other towns in the area were already popular tourist destinations, attracting northern Europeans and … Continue reading

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