Pau is my hometown : it is mainly a XIXth century town built by British curists except for some streets around the infamous castle ( Henri IV was born there ). It used to be the capital of the former viscounty of Béarn, a little state born out of the breaking-up of the duchy of Gascony.
When the weather is bad, it is a sinister town just like the whole French Pyrenees : blame slate.
I'll begin with the castle district, built on a headland that dominates the Pyrenees and which constitutes the old town.
The Low-Town from the Castle, with the Jurançon suburbs built in the 60s :
The main street of the Castle district :
The Castle, heavily restored in the XIXth century :
The XIXth century St Martin church, with an out-of-context Breton bell tower :
This building marks the beginning of the XIXth century town : let's stay in the Castle district
The Low-Town and the Monnaie Tower in the foreground :
The former castle moat :
Pyrenean slate roofs down the Castle in the "Côte du Moulin" :
The Low-Town :
The Castle Park ( la "Basse-Plante" ) whose trees were cut down some years ago :
Spain is the other side of the Pyrenees :
Roofs in the Castle district : "rue Lassanssaà" :
The road of Spain :
XIXth century buildings from the Castle Park :
This climbing streets leads to "la Haute-Plante", now "Place de Verdun", the former market place :
The XVIIIth century Gramont Place :
St Jacques Church lost its tower bells some years ago because of their instability :
The Castle seen from the bridge linking the Castle district to Gramont Place :
The Hédas ravine and St Jacques district seen from the bridge :
The other side of the bridge :
Coming back to the Castle district :
This street leads to the Hédas ravine :
The Pyrenees with the infamous Pic du Midi d'Ossau :
The rail-station is the Low-Town watched over by the Pic du Midi de Bigorre :
The "funiculaire" that connects the Low-Town with the Castle district :
A building at the Royal Place :
The Gassion hotel, facing the Pyrenees :
End of the tour.