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Old June 30th, 2008, 10:55 PM   #1
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Pays d'Orthe/Basse-Navarre (Gascony-French Basque Country) : part I

The transition between Gascony and the Basque Country is quite subtle : this land is called "pays charnègue" which means mixed country. And indeed, it is a mixed country watered by the Adour and the Gave rivers coming from the Pyrenees. Languages, architecture, people blend with harmony.

The first part deals with the villages in the valleys of the Gaves that then fuse under the name "Gaves Réunis", between the viscounties of Béarn and Orthe. The pics were taken in May 2008.

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Bellocq (meaning : "Pretty Place") is a Bearnais village on the shores of the Gave de Pau river with mixed Basco-Landaise and Béarnaise architecture.
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The protestant Temple :
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The Castle :
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The portal exhibits the first representation of a béret (third character from the down in the left) :
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The road between Bellocq and Lahontan :
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The Sanctuary of Abet in Lahontan :
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Lahontan is the last Béarnais village :
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Saint-Cricq-du-Gave : we left Béarn and entered Orthe.
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The road between Saint-Cricq and Sorde :
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Cauneille :
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We reach Sorde-L'Abbaye known for its ... abbey.
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The Church :
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The conventual buildings on the Gave d'Oloron river (I couldn't visit them) :


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Inside the Church :
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End of part I : part II will be about Peyrehorade the main town of the viscounty of Orthe.
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I'm jealous I wasn't with you on this walk. lol

Nice shots!
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I'm jealous I wasn't with you on this walk. lol

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Very nice thread! It worths an upload
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