A tender story at Bielle (64)!

So now let me tell you more in depth of a little town in my road warrior trips thru the Pyrénées between my beloved France and Spain. It has many trips by it for many years lost count even in gears when there was no tunnels up the peaks and down and back. We had many good times with the boys and my dear late wife Martine.

I remember very well our tantrum to decide where we eat and what we eat, and finally we said lets do it on the run and off we went out. Stops were some not too many as I am a long distance driver but we have some and this one here is the one most memorable for me . This is the by chance and hungry stop we did at a little bakery in Bielle and had our breakfast! on the run with the mountains in front of us before the big push over to or back France and Spain. Let me tell you a bit more ok. Thanks

A bit of Bielle first shall we ::)

Bielle is located in the department of the Pyrenees-Atlantiques 64 in the Nouvelle Aquitaine region. Bielle is served by the 806 bus line of the intercity network of the Pyrenees-Atlantiques, which runs from Pau to Eaux-Bonnes. The town is crossed by the departmental road 934, the one we take always also known as the route du Portalet.

col du Portalet

1794 meters high at Portalet!

Bielle appeared in the parish registers for the first time in 1154 under the name Vila, then in 1289 under the name Villa In 1385 it was the name of Viele that appeared, then made up of 82 oestrus or living spaces, among which that of the hospital of the poor , there was also a Benedictine monastery.   Bielle was the capital of the Ossau Valley, . The swearing of the Vic en haut and the Vic en bas gathered in the church. The archives of the pastoral union were kept there. As the story Bielle, capital of the Ossau Valley, suggests, is built on the site of an ancient villa whose ruins were unearthed in 1842. The Priory of St. Mary founded by Galin, Viscount of Ossau, in the 11C was totally destroyed by the wars of religion. In 1790, during the French revolution, Bielle was the capital of a township identical to that of the canton of Laruns today, increased from Louvia-Juzon, and dependent on the Oloron district.

Things to see in Bielle are (we run not seen them ok)

Bielle Castle was built between 1766 and 1770 commissioned by the Marquis Jean-Joseph de Laborde. He was born near Jaca in Aragon (Spain) 1724 and died guillotined in Paris 1794,he was a French merchant and banker. The 15C Church of Saint-Vivien contains furniture and objects of interest. The 17C Chapel of Our Lady, at the place called Ayguelade, was rebuilt in the 19C.   The nature reserve for the nesting of wild vultures, created in 1974, is located on the territory of the towns of Aste-Béon, Bielle, Bilhères and Castet. The museum associated with it, called the “Vulture Cliff”, is located at the entrance to the village of Aste-Béon. More on this interesting place here: http://travel-ossau-pyrenees.com/vultures-cliff.html

And yes we go around them up and down climbing further on and just beautiful country indeed worth the drive!  The Lauriolle peak at 1,858 meters, the Turon de la Técouère at 1,067 meters, and the Montagnon Peak at 1,973 meters are imposing mountains in the valley of Ossau.

Of course, our souvenir and wonderful memories of passing by here. We have come by here on our last two family vacations to Spain and always stop for breakfast at the same bakery. As we got earlier and had our breakfast before attacking the Pyrénées always without paying any tolls from Pau . Before we got there we had our breakfast in our usual place now the boulangerie Laloubére facing the mountains where pastry, coffee and orange juice cost 2,30€! The price has not change in these two trips along the road D934 route du Portalet. The bakery is small but very friendly ladies with it been right on the road , a nice place to have your coffees, breads, sweets, and orange juice. They have a main bakery in town at city center Bielle. There is a picture of the city center Place de la Mairie, bakery Of course, they have a Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Boulangerie-Patisserie-Laloub%C3%A8re/302144206620219

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Some additional webpages to help you plan your trip into mountain country ,just gorgeous are

The tourist info of Bielle on the Ossau valley

Tourist office dept 64 Pyrénées Atlantiques on activities at Bielle

Tourist info on the Valley of the Ossau with area map

City of Bielle with map of the city

There you go , all set for a wonderful ride into the off the beaten paths beauties of my two countries France and Spain, a wonderful 1-2 combination to never leave it. Enjoy Bielle and the bakery shop Laloubére! 

Bielle

My dear late wife Martine RIP

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

 

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