Southwest France - May 2007

Countryside: Seaside to Mountains

Photos by Walt & Gloria Fogler-Mancini


The countryside stretches from the Atlantic coast south to the Pyrénees and east to the Ardêche.  It is quite varied geographically and offers a variety of scenery.  The view from St. Jean Pie-de-Port above is of the foothills of the Pyrénees.

The island Île de Ré is a popular tourist destination on the Atlantic coast.  The fields of poppies have been planted.

The vineyards of Bordeaux surround the wineries’ chateaux and small villages such as St. Émilion. 

The Atlantic resort city of Biarritz can be seen in the background on a stormy day.

The panorama of the Pyrénees in Pau sweeps from the Pic du Midi de Bigorre to Pic d’Anie with the Pic du Midi d’Ossau standing out in the background at 3355m. 

The Pic de Ger is part of the scenic route de l’Aubisque in the Pyrénees.  Sheep herding is common in the Basque area of southwest France. 

The Cirque du Gavarnie is part of the Pyrénees National Park, a UNESCO world heritage site shared with Spain,.  The Pic du Marboré dominates the area which includes the highest village in France and the highest waterfall in Europe. 

The mountains of the Ardêche are closer to the center of France and border Provence.

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April 2008                                                                                                                      wgfm

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