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February 11, 2020

Col du Portalet !!!

Well I told you we drive , anywhere! and we had plenty of opportunities over the years to go over the Pyrénées between my loves France and Spain. Even when there were no tunnels!!! It was a thrill. Now with the tunnels is a piece of cake!!!

I love one as the others posts in my blog. Let me tell you a bit more on the Col du Portalet and its port.

Col du Portalet

The Col du Pourtalet pass is a border crossing between France passing by the town of Laruns and Spain, between the Ossau valley and the Tena valley.  Located at an altitude of 1,794 meters, it overlooks the Cirque d’Aneou and offers a magnificent view of the Pic du Midi d’Ossau.

col du Portalet

The Col du Pourtalet pass proves to be a starting point for various excursions in the surrounding mountains. Snow is regularly present there from the end of October to the end of May.

On the Spanish side, there are several stores that are call  ventas or sales outlet). Because of the difference between French and Spanish taxes, many French people come to get their supplies,oh yes and everywhere along the long frontier.

Col du Portalet

The Col du Pourtalet pass was crossed only once by the Tour de France, in 1991, during the 13th stage between Jaca and Val-Louron. The Belgian Peter De Clercq won the stage.

You can do excellent skiing here at the Artouste station / Col du Pourtalet on the road D934 going to Spain. At Laruns ,you have spas , lake Artouste, and many other mountain activities which to me is reduce to going over by car!

The Col du Pourtalet is indeed an outlet for Sallent-de-Gallego, Panticosa, Tramacastilla in Spain. The tourist office of Laruns offers, with the office of guides and mountain guides, several walks around the Col du Pourtalet. In the heart of the Pyrenees national park, just before arriving at the Col du Pourtalet, the Cirque d’Aneou marks the border with Spain!

Col du Portalet

Not stay at the hotel Portalet, but pass by the road in front so a nice picture of it here:

The access to the col or pass or peak is from the tourist office base at Laruns more here in French it shows more info. Tourist office of valley of Ossau on transports

Info on the ski resorts there ,for information only ,never done it. Tourist office of the Valley of the Ossau on ski activities

Info on the Col du Portalet in French from tourist office of dept 64 Pyrénées Atlantiques: Tourist office of dept 64 on the Col du Portalet

And you try it, now it is highly recommended a thrill to do by car and the views are fantastic much better than my amateur photos! Enjoy the Col du Portalet sitting quietly between France and Spain.

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



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February 11, 2020

A covered market in Cordes!

So I am taking you down to my favorite area oh well there are so many here for us lol! However, this one we have family on wife’s side so I will tell you more as my favorite department 81!

I have written before on Cordes sur Ciel in my blog but i figure need to tell you more on the Halles so here it is.Hope you enjoy it as we do.

The Halles is a medieval hall in Cordes-sur-Ciel, a town in Tarn dept 81,  region of Occitanie. It is located in the center of the city near the highest point of the hill. It occupies a place at the crossroads of the main street, the current rue Raymond VII, the rue Saint-Michel which passes in front of the church and the perpendicular lane which descends towards the Portanel.

Cordes sur Ciel

In 1273, the town’s traders obtained the right to organize a party on Saint Bartholomew’s Day, patron saint of tanners, and in 1276, they covered the market place. Cordes becomes an important center of the craft of embroidery of fabrics and decoration of leather. This flourishing trade allowed the reconstruction of the Halle authorized by the lieutenant of the king in Languedoc. This grant dated 1358 should encourage the development of trade.

A bit on the construction of this wonderful building in the high city.

They are established on a stone paved and leveled area. Access is via steps, the number of which varies according to the level of the ground by 24 stone pillars with simple capitals of octagonal section. The functional aspect is without sculpture. One of them wears a ring that has been used for centuries to display animals for slaughter. The four-sided wooden frame has a roof of canal tiles. The perimeter has stone benches. The roof was redone in the 19C. For the pillars, no document allows to say that they were changed, but the multiple traces of repairs make doubt that they are still of the 14C.

Under the Halles, a cross is installed near the edge of a well. This well, filled since 1647 . A local team of speleologists has cleared the bottom and they reach down to 114 meters in 1961!. The bottom is paved with rectangular limestone and cut with care. The well itself is dug out of the rock with a diameter of 3 m by 13 m. This last part is built in limestone blocks. The water level does not vary around 12 meters, representing a volume of approximately 33 m3!

Some webpages to help you plan your trip to Cordes sur Ciel are

City of Cordes sur Ciel on heritage

Tourist office of dept 81 Tarn on Cordes sur Ciel

Another nice wonder of beautiful high city of Cordes sur Ciel (or some says Cordoba on heavens for the leather tanners story). Hope you enjoy the post and do stop by.

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


February 11, 2020

The market at Dieppe!

And here I am on one of the most picturesques markets of France and is not in the south…! As read , we love markets and cannot missed in it if passing or visiting a city in France. One of our favorite and came here often for many years before moving to Bretagne was Dieppe.

So let me tell you a bit more on the market of Dieppe. Hope you enjoy it as we do

You want to partake in the local life,and enjoy Normandy at its best, do like us, come to the market days of Dieppe on Saturdays mornings fresh from the sea and the land around  Place Nationale, Place Saint Jacques from 7h30 -13h00, and Grande rue from 7h30-13h00, as well as around Rue St Jacques,and Rue de la Barre.


Dieppe has one of the most beautiful markets in France. The Saturday morning market in the city center is recognized as the most beautiful market in Normandy and the 8th nationally by TF1 television viewers contest!!.

With its 200 exhibitors, including a large proportion of producers from the Pays de Bray, the Pays de Caux and neighboring Picardy, the Dieppe market is an unmissable event for Dieppe by visitors and residents alike.

There are other smaller market on Tuesday and Thursday morning Place Nationale.

And the big fish market at La Fontaine; Quai Henri IV, Facing the Marina. Every day until 13h30. Direct sale of seafood products to the consumer allowing the purchase of fish 7 days 7. Also a smaller fish market at Quai Trudaine from Tuesday to Saturday, in the morning with direct arrival of the catch of the day, subject to weather conditions.

Some webpages on the market and  Dieppe in general,to help you plan your trip here and you should ,are

City of Dieppe on its markets in French

Tourist office of Dieppe on its fishing port in English

Dept 76 Seine Maritime of Dieppe on its market in English

Tourist office of Normandy on Dieppe in English

Now you are all set to visit this wonderful sea town of Dieppe with interwined history with Canada. Hope you enjoy it as we do!

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


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