Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Wandering Wednesday - Pyrenees, France

The Pyrenees are a spectacular mountain range bordering France, Spain and covering the tiny country of Andorra (still on my travel to do list). I've only ever been through the French side of this awe inspiring piece of countryside, but seeing snippets of it on le tour this week have brought back memories of our road trip here a few years ago...



We drove through the Pyrenees solely for the scenery, along steep and winding mountain paths. Coming across groups of cyclists on the frighteningly narrow roads and tunnels sure got our hearts racing. It also makes you realise just how tough the pyrenees stage of le tour is - I could never imagine being fit enough to tackle these hills...




My favourite thing about the Pyrenees was the "musical" sheep, as Mitch and I named them. Whenever there was a space to pull over, we'd park the car and just stand in the fields, breathing in the crisp mountain air and listening to the soothing sounds of the sheep bells... 



I loved seeing all the happy little ponies wandering through the mountains... Sadly though, I discovered shortly after that these ponies aren't so happy - apparently they are what ends up in the supermarket :-(


Pony parking...




Our final stop in the Pyrenees was this little village which I can't seem to remember the name of. Despite the constant sound of annoying musical beavers (souvenir toys - if you've heard them before, you'll know exactly what I mean), it was really pretty and I was super excited to see little bits of snow of the mountains in summertime...

I love the Pyrenees - and I love how every July, I can be transported back to this little bit of mountain paradise thanks to a group of racing cyclists....

4 comments:

  1. Beautiful photos Lu! Hope your well! Love Martine

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  2. Beautiful photos, love the mountain views! The way you write, I can almost feel like I'm there.. *happy to have discovered your blog* :)

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  3. Nice. What do they sell the ponies for?

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  4. Steaks unfortunately - I discovered this when I took a fillet of pony to the checkout once instead of beef... Not nice :-(

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