Category Archives: France

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

Posted in Basque, Festival, France, Music, Travel in the Pyrénées Mountains | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in France, History, Poetry, Travel in the Pyrénées Mountains | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in France, Gender roles, History, Symbolism | Tagged , , , , | 3 Comments

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

Posted in Art, France, Travel in the Pyrénées Mountains | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in Astronomy, France, Travel in the Pyrénées Mountains | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

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

Posted in France, Pilgrimage, Travel in the Pyrénées Mountains | Tagged , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

The Village Church South of Tarbes

The day’s route meandered through small villages and along corn fields.  At one hamlet on the east side of L’Adour River, not far from Vielle-Adour,  a woman tending her roses suggested I ask a neighbor two houses over to open … Continue reading

Posted in Art, France, Travel in the Pyrénées Mountains, Walking Alone | Tagged , , , , , , | 2 Comments