San Juan de luz, todo y además… luz

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Just pretty flowers

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Let´s start at the beginning

After a copule of days with some problems with wifi, here we are finally and I´ll try to tell you the more I can about this journey.

As you can imagine everything started in Logroño, La Rioja, Spain, where I live.

Two hours driving and reached the frontier line with France, in Hendaye. I took the TGV (high speed train) and Paris was already waiting for me.

Paris never disappoints you.

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Satisfaction after the trip

In response to the weekly challenge Satisfaction

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Alabemos a nuestra Señora

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Would you like an ice cream from those before?

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Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port. Gateway to Santiago.

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La Bastide-Clairance

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Where are the ladies of the bride?

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The Artouste train

Just 11 kilometers from the Spanish border of Portalet you can discover a small tourist train, the Artouste train.

Built to facilitate the construction of the Artouste Lake Dam in 1920, the train began transporting tourists in 1932.

We´ll park the car in the parking lot of Lake Fabrèges, where you´ll find out a small infrastructure of shops and restaurants that during the winter season cover the coquettish ski area of Artouste.

Board an egg-like cable car in Artouste for a vertiginous climb and enjoy a spectacular panoramic view encompassing Artouste Lake and, above all, the majestic Pic du Midi d’Ossau mountain.

Up above, snap a few photos of the surrounding summits before hopping on the legendary Artouste tourist train.

A mountainside train ride

Take advantage of the peaceful, 50-minute ride to admire the bird’s-eye view of the Soussouéou Valley. Keep an eye open for marmots and discover the typical plant life of this glacial valley, including rhododendrons and mountain pines.

During the summer months, this peaceful valley becomes a centre of pastoralism, welcoming many a shepherd at the head of a hungry flock.

A departure point for diverse hikes

Upon reaching the La Sagette railway station, a short 15-minute walk will take you above Artouste Lake and its impressive dam. During the off season, athletic hikers can tackle the Ossau Valley peaks, continuing up to the Arrémoulit refuge (a 1 1/2-hour climb).

Afterwards, rest your legs aboard the Artouste tourist train for the ride back.

Like to enjoy an open-air, high-altitude tour of the upper Ossau Valley? Then hop aboard the Artouste tourist train, for the ride of your life!

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Above the clouds

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Camino del cielo, a 2000 metros de altura

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Bordeaux

Time to see some more of Bordeaux. I made a last minute visit to Bordeaux a few weeks ago – my first time there and it immediately went high on my list of favourite cities. A place where I could most definitely live very happily. To get a good view of the city for me […]

a través de A walk around quirky Bordeaux — Travel with Intent

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Casas colgantes… del Bearn

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Streetlight

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And at the end of the street… the castle

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Le vintage café

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Waiting for the train in Etsaut

Etsaut is an small village in the South of France, very close to Spanish border.

It was something usual to find out Spanish travellers that were spending the weekend until 1970. There was a train accident and never again a train travelled.

In 2016 the french railway company started the rebuilding of the railroad track. But things aren´t as easy as they used to be and there are still 30 kilometers till the border without service.

Future will arrive without any kind of doubt… but When´ll be happen?

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It´s not February, it´s June. It´s Pyrenees.

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Decadent peaceful window

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