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Old June 24th, 2008, 03:29 AM   #1
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The Landes forest (SW France) : part II (Tartas-Chalosse)

Part I

With Tartas, we leave the forest but not the Landes département : part II will be about villages of the hilly Southern part of the département known as Chalosse.

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Tartas :
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The Midouze river divides Tartas into two distinct entities : the High-Town with the Church and the Low-Town.
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The Low-Town :
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Ascending the Town :
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The Sun prevents me from taking pics of the church, so let's head to Pontonx and its bullring :
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We now enter Chalosse with the village of Gousse :
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Gamarde-les-Bains :
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Montfort-en-Chalosse :
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Curiously enough, Montfort's church is not in the town but on a nearby hill :
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As an ending, let's see Béarn's neighbouring villages : first Sault-de-Navailles.
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Lacadée (notice that the architecture is getting more Pyrenean) :
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No style ! (vaguely basco-landais actually)
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We're in Sauvagnon, a little village North of Pau. That's also where my Peugeot 309 decided to die (before being resurrected two weeks later). Cause of the death : transmission clutch. I should have known that 80km/h was not optimal on highways. The Pic d'Orhy (Orhi Mendia in Basque) still welcomes me to home.
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Old June 24th, 2008, 01:07 PM   #2
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Interesting architectural mix. How many people speak Basque in the area ? Does the area get much tourism ?
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Old June 24th, 2008, 11:11 PM   #3
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It's curious that that bullring up there makes use of arab motives as the ones down in Spain. Is it common?
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Old June 24th, 2008, 11:28 PM   #4
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Nice pics. I can really recognize the little villages Cant wait going to France again this summer
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Old June 24th, 2008, 11:37 PM   #5
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Nice, I have been only to Lannemezan in that area (and further south to the Bielsatunnel). They say Les Landes is pretty boring, except for the coast.
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Old June 25th, 2008, 03:47 AM   #6
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It's curious that that bullring up there makes use of arab motives as the ones down in Spain. Is it common?
Yep : Neo-Mauresque architecture as it's called was very popular in the XIXth century when Spanish-style bull-games were adopted hence bullrings were built.

The most well-know bullrings in SW France are Dax and Bayonne :



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Interesting architectural mix. How many people speak Basque in the area ? Does the area get much tourism ?
Actually, Basque has not been spoken in those areas for some 1000 years now. The vernacular language is Gascon(<vasconum), a romance language that exhibits many Bascoid phonetic traits.

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Nice, I have been only to Lannemezan in that area (and further south to the Bielsatunnel). They say Les Landes is pretty boring, except for the coast.
I miss the times when the Landes were a magnificient desert with odors and colors that are now long lost. Yet, I don't find modern Landes boring : monotonous at best (Lannemezan is also in the middle of landes hence its name : Landa+Medianum>Lanamesan in Gascon)

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Old June 25th, 2008, 03:29 PM   #7
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Gorgeous pictures, as always

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This is Gascon right? Is Gascon official in that area of France?
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Old June 25th, 2008, 06:39 PM   #8
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Actually, Basque has not been spoken in those areas for some 1000 years now. The vernacular language is Gascon(<vasconum), a romance language that exhibits many Bascoid phonetic traits.
Ok, I thought that Basque was the vernacular language in some of the villages there since you mentioned Pic d'Orhy's Basque name in the thread.
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