Aire-sur-l’Adour !!!

And I left this one out do not know why, so many pictures in my vault they keep coming up! I like to share it with you all, and me! This is in my road warrior trips of the south , we were base in Pau and drove all over the region. Therefore, let me tell you a bit about Aire-sur-l’Adour, an off the beaten path of my belle France!

The town of Aire-sur-l’Adour is located in the Landes department No 40 of the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region. The town is connected to the A65 by the northern Aire-sur-l’Adour spur and the southern half-splitter at Aire-sur-l’Adour. It is crossed by the D 824, in the heart of the AOC Tursan vineyard, 150 km from Bordeaux, 50 km from Pau (from where we came) and 30 km from Mont-de-Marsan, where the Adour enters the Landes department, at the junction of the areas of Tursan, Armagnac and Vic-Bilh.

I was able to passed by the Halle aux Grains or Grain Hall, dates from 1860, It is the former grain market built on the edge of the Bégorre camp, meeting point, market and justice of the towns of Aire sur l’Adour and du Mas, formerly separated. Place of transactions and attic, the hall will be very active until the beginning of the 20C. Done in an octagonal building, surmounted by a campanile, partially covered with flat stones from the Tarn. Around the campanile, blades of shutters, to allow good ventilation. At the bottom, grids, for safe storage. The frame will be fully pegged, adze-cut. On the ground , the Adour pebbles. A circular balcony, placed on stone pillars, allows the storage of grain, out of the humidity. At the end of the balcony, an office in which the weights and measures, the names of sellers and buyers are recorded. It is no longer a market but preserved to host several events.

aire sur l adour halle aux grains aug17 (2)

Other things to see are :

The City/Town hall ,since 1927, occupies part of the former bishopric. It is a 17C building, with a stone staircase and coffered ceilings, a round tower with a 16C staircase, topped with a pepperpot.

The 14C Maison de l’Officialité at 6 rue Labeyrie, with mullioned windows, was the jurisdiction where the Jurats sat. The five-arched stone bridge over the Adour river dates from 1834, several earlier bridges having been washed away by the Adour; it was widened in 1961. The southern quay and the banks of the Adour were converted into a promenade that leads to the arenas.

Saint-Jean-Baptiste Cathedral, rue Gambetta, Sainte-Quitterie Church, rue Félix Despagnet. On the Mas hill, done in the 13-14C of Gothic style, apart from the apse which dates from the end of the 11C or the beginning of the 12C, and the Church du Carmel Saint-Joseph, rue Maubec.


A bit of history I like

Alaric II brought together in Aire, in February 506, an assembly of bishops and greats, as well as jurisconsults, who established a collection of laws intended for the Gallo-Romans of the kingdom and inspired for the most part by the code of Theodosius, that is- i.e. Roman law. Alaric’s breviary will inspire medieval Roman law. A year later, Alaric is defeated by Clovis, king of the Francs,,,,

Aire-sur-l’Adour is a stage on the via Podiensis of the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela. The next stop is Miramont-Sensacq. Historically the previous stage 27 km away is Nogaro. There were two hospitals in Aire-sur-l’Adour for pilgrims, including the Manso hospital, at the bottom of the street leading up to the Sainte-Quitterie Church, today at rue Félix-Despagnet. They were welcomed, fed, cared for, comforted. On March 2, 1814, the English and Portuguese troops of Wellington, coming up from Spain, won a battle against those of Marshal Soult on the heights of the city, with a death toll of several hundred.

The city of Aire sur l’Adour on its heritage

The Aire Eugénie local tourist office on Aire sur l’Adour

There you go folks, another dandy road warrior sight in my belle France. This is a region that I have many posts in my blog, and we love it. The ride from Pau was nice and many memorable visits and moments with the family. Always looking forward to be back. Hope you enjoy the brief introduction to Aire sur l’Adour as I.

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

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