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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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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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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

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The Way – Filmed on the Camino de Santiago

Watch the trailer from Icon Films.  You may also enjoy this article about the spiritual aspects of walking the Pilgrimage Path.

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Pilgrimage Trail Crosses

Pilgrimage cross near St.-Bertrand-de-Comminges. Photo by Yvette Maurette. Some people carry a large cross on pilgrimage, or wear a small one hung around the neck.  Some churches and wayside stations offer small crosses to pilgrims. Some pilgrims “earn” a souvenir … Continue reading

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Celebrate Basque Culture with Pyrenees Pilgrimage

Upcoming Pyrenees Pilgrimage event on Thursday, May 12, 2010 – http://www.takeaclass.org/store/index.php?main_page=product_class_info&products_id=493 This adult education center is near Dupont Circle in downtown Washington DC.  There will be Basque food, wine tasting and discussion. Meet other travelers!

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Vinemale

Cauterets Anne Lister, a self-assured 19th century English woman with relentless energy and an inheritance, made mountaineering history here.   In 1838, she was the first non-local person to climb Vignemale, the second highest peak in the Pyrénées.  Lister inherited … Continue reading

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