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Pyrenees Part 2

Written on: Monday July 28th, 2014

A journal entry from: Europe 2014

It's been the lazy, really lazy days of  summer for us except for the hiking where we have been putting in 10 to 14km days. With our base near Prades, a small town that is reputed to have one of the best micro-climates in France, we have been exploring the area around the Canigo a massive mountain in the eastern Pyrenees. This in an area ringed with forts designed by the 17th century architect Sébastien Le Prestre de Vauban who also designed the fortress of Louisboug in Nova Scotia. The idea was to protect France from a Spanish invasion during the reign of Louis 14th. Apparently it worked quite well and at the same time left this part of the country with a heritage of architecture that blends in extraordinarily well with the Catalan countryside. These mountains are considerably lower than the area we were in last week and has a totally different character with the snow, pine forests  and beautiful mountain flowers giving way to garrigue and oak forets in the lower altitudes. It is still a wonderful area to explore but the days and nights have been much warmer than in the high mountains.We finished off in a small town in the lower Pyrenees named Amélie les Bains where we  met up with a couple of friends from our Compostelle walk.

 

From Marianne on Jul 29th, 2014

Another wonderful update! It looks like you are having great weather for your hikes. We're just in Vic toria, on the return section of cycling from Swartz Bay to Sooke (Lochside and Galloping Goose Trails). Tomorrow we head back home. The cycling's been great and it's been a lovely mini vacation. Happy hiking. -Marianne& Wayne

From Marilyn & Wayne on Jul 29th, 2014

Great pictures and very interesting area.....in 2012, we stayed a week in Port Vendres (great hiking) & a week in L'Escala (fantastic beach) on the coast and really enjoyed Perpignan....looking forward to more details when you return, Hugs

From mom on Aug 6th, 2014

I couldn't g et your latest blog, Aug. 4th. We are still having hot weather, Vancouver to.