Thursday, 12 September 2013

Pau

After a fantastic morning in Lourdes we headed off back to the camp via the city of Pau, the capital of the Pyrenees Atlantiques in France. An absolutely stunning town, which was much bigger than we had thought and really it needed at least a day by itself. Its going on my places to visit again in the future.

Luckily French opening times are different to home and once you get used to the two/three hour closures at lunchtime you find it quite nice to have the shops open much later.

Saint Martin De Pau Church, very gothic.

Could have spent hours taking pictures of all the old buildings, they were so beautiful.


War memorial, trying to keep photos of these for Piper and her history project.


More buildings...


The views to the Pyrenees..lots of old bridges in this town..


The stunning Castle of Pau, birthplace of King Henry 1V-The King of France and Navarre. Sadly we just missed the opening times, which is such a shame as it is also the National Museum :(




Children were most impressed with the huge well in the courtyard



The view from the other side of the well...Stunning


So Hubby gave them all a coin and they all made a wish before throwing their coins in. Took ages to make a splash it was so deep! There were lots of Americans coming out of the museum having just done a tour of the castle.


This was also a photo that we had seen in the guide book so I had to try and recreate it!


Cordelia was delighted to find a beautiful carousel in the town square, so we managed to ask for a ticket in French and she had a solo ride on it....




Love the mixture of old and new buildings in the background..

The Saint Jacques De Pau Church, we passed this on our way back to the car.


I think that this was the town hall of Pau but not sure...


Bailey even found a Games Workshop here so said we can move to France if we like-tempting.....

1 comment:

  1. Lovely to read about your adventures! We've just come back from touring France and I absolutely loved it! Shame the French homeschooling system is such a lot of hoop-jumping though - boo! Have fun X

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