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Sightseeing in Gascony and Hautes Pyrenees regions
Another journey south into the Pyrenees
to Lourdes - the pilgrimage place for invalids seeking a
The Church with lines of pilgrims going to the sacred grotto beside the river - the invalids - the huge wheelchairs
- the great smoking candles and also unfortunately the many tourist shops displaying religious and secular things
you could never have imagined - but it is a great day out.
Driving north is
main town in the Gers region is Auch - pronounced as in Gosh - 38
kms north from Tillac.
It is a cheery little town with a magnificent cathedral and pleasent winding shopping streets.
Everything to do with and the Three Musketeers and d'Artignan is popular here and the if you want a good
and inexpensive lunch go to the Bistro at the Hotel de France - see under local region section.
The Cathedral is in the main Place of Auch set high on the hill and visible for miles around.
Inside the Cathedral Ste-Marie in Auch
- see the magnificent
carved from heart-of-oak with 67 great figures on the stall backs dating from 1520.
Close up details of the choir stalls. Worth a visit in themselves.
Left - the landscape of the Gers region is fertile rolling countryside in a patchwork of food crops.
One of our favourite places on the Atlantic
the vibrant little harbour town of St-Jean-de-Luz - a great place for watching the world and the boats go by -
- and quite a few of our guests who stay
a bit longer take a night away
and go that little bit further down into Spain to Bilbao to the amazing Guggenheim Art Museum.
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Sight-seeing in the Gascony region
Auch - (pronounced Osh) - the main town and capital of the Gers
Auch Cathedral-de-Ste-Marie and statue of D'Artagnan
Auch - Maison-de-Gascogne to taste 100 year old Armagnac and the aperitif Floc
Condom - a pleasant little town with a Museum of Armagnac.
A circuit of abbeys and bastide villages - la Romieu, Flaren Abbey, Cassaigne,
Larressingle and Fourcès - perhaps the prettiest of all the bastides.
The Gallo-Roman villa of Séviac, Éauze, Plaisance, Castelnau-Barbarens, Loupiac and Aignan.
Hautes-Pyrenees region about an hour away
The Pyrenees mountains - spectacular for walking, sightseeing, skiing or picnics.
Lourdes - one of the greatest tourist and pilgrimage shrines in France.
Pau - a handsome and lively university town with Belle Époque architecture - birthplace of Henri 1V.
St-Bertrand-de-Comminges - one of the most historic sites in southern France.
The Atlantic coast and Pays Basque - Bayonne, Biarritz and St-Jean-de-Luz.
Spain - it is not far to visit Spain by several routes -
particularly the new, world famous Guggenheim Art Museum in Bilbao, not far from Biarritz.