Day trip to Pau
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This was the second day of my holiday, starting with a few days with Catherine on our own before friends joined us. The first day was spent chilling by the pool and doing very little so for a change we drove the short distance to Pau to have a look around.
Parking was very easy, there is a large and free car park off Rue d'Orleans which was a 5 minute walk to the main sights. We headed down through the small streets towards the boulevard des Pyrenees, it had just turned 12.30 so the majority of shops and restaurants had closed for midday, the streets were almost empty and it was great to walk along them. There are lots of random squares with fountains, some modern, and plenty of churches scattered around. A nice city to just wonder in.
The views from the boulevard des Pyrenees was spectacular, a hundred kilometre sweep of the Pyrenees, with some of the highest peaks in sight. The weather was a little hazy but you could still see plenty.
Pau also has a great deal of parks and gardens to stroll in, we continued to walk down the boulevard des Pyrenees towards Parc Beamont. The weather was hot so we sat for a while in the shade, it was lovely and peaceful. After a while our stomachs told us it was lunch time so we went back up into centre and found a sandwich shop, not much open so little choice (take a packed lunch!), and sat in one of the many little squares to eat.
The shops were starting to open up as we walked towards the Chateau, the city transformed from sleepy to bustling. The pedestrianized narrow streets around the Chateau house many cafes, restaurants, bars and boutiques, another excellent place to stroll and people watch. The Chateau was being renovated so the majority was covered with scaffolding but you were still able to go and look around, we didn't go inside just looked around the courtyard and at the gardens (which is where the camera's battery died!). I great finish to the visit, Pau is a beautiful city I would defiantly go back to.
Once home the weather changed and a storm was starting to rise, we took as much advantage as we could before the heavens opened by playing silly beggars in the hammock hanging in the courtyard :)