The 'Cross of the Gateway'. The Pyrenees are a mountain frontier between France and Spain. In the 20th century their high passes provided escape routes for refugees between France and Spain during the Spanish Civil War and World War 2. Not everyone made it. This cross marks the death of a family engulfed by avalanche. Blog & book www.trekthepyrenees.com
Look out for village fetes/fiestas during the summer. They're great fun - as long as you have not worn yourself out with the day's trek. This one, held in early August, is at the village of Tavascan at the Head of the Vall de Cardos in the Spanish Pyrenees. It has a wonderful atmosphere. Blog & book www.trekthepyrenees.com
My partner Angharad and I on the pass beneath the highest frontier mountain, Vignemale (3298m/about 11000 feet). What are two 'wrinklies' doing here among the very High Pyrenees? Actually, the traverse may be attempted by any fit person who is used to walking in high hills. Blog and book www.trekthepyrenees.com.
The Pyrenean mountains are full of stunning beauty, but we should remember those who make their livelihoods here in harsh conditions. This graffiti is on the wall of a now defunct tungsten mine in the French Department known as he Ariege. It translates as 'Life is only a long dream that leads to death'. Walk past it and a few moments later you are communing with nature again. Blog & book www.trekthepyrenees.com
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