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Old November 27th, 2009, 03:27 AM   #1
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Around Tarbes and Lourdes : a tour in the French Pyrenees



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Tarbes is not a fantastic city in itself but the setting is not bad. Let's begin with Ibos (a Basco-Aquitanian toponym in -oz) in the vast plain between Béarn in the West and Tarbes (the first pic was taken in spring) :

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The first towers of Tarbes in the distance :

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The Pyrenees are in front of us :

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The airport :

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In spring :

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Louey (probably from Basque lohi > *loy > louey) : Jacques Duclos was born in that village.

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Hibarette :

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In Bénac, the road was interrupted : I have to go through Visker (from Basque bizkar=clod)

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Ascending the coast in order to reach Visker : the Echez valley in the distance

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Visker :

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From Visker, the whole town of Tarbes can be seen :

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Villages in the plain :

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Going South : the Peak of Midi is everywhere.

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Loucrup :

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Towards Astugue (from Basque aztuaga) : the Montagut looks upon us.

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On my right are the pre-Pyrenees and the Echez valley :

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On my left is the farm "Matarra" :

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In the distance is Lourdes : Lahitte-ez-Angles

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Ossun-ez-Angles (probably from Basque *orzun) :

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The truth is that I'm terrified when driving in the mountains : I'm trying to secure my way towards the valley.

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Eventually, I reach the plain with Pouzac in the outskirts of Bagnères :

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Antist :

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Incidentally, while going North, I find myself on the hills that overhang the right bank of the Adour river :

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Mérilheu in the distance :

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Bernac-Dessus :

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Tarbes one more time :

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Barbazan-Dessus :

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The Pyrenees grow more distant around the villages of Luc and Hitte :

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Old November 27th, 2009, 01:45 PM   #2
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Beautiful looking scenery.
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Old November 28th, 2009, 07:02 PM   #3
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Very sympathetic!
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