The cities of the Pyrenees and around with Andrew Morato

Bilbao and its attractions

The Basque Country (Baskonia or Euskadi) is a large and economically developed Autonomous Community in northern Spain, and perhaps the most mysterious of all the Spanish regions. The Basque people’s landscape, climate, character, language, and mentality are not very similar to the typical Spanish ones. There is a lot of greenery, it often rains and …

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Interesting places in the Pyrenees and around with Jane Cautch

Sorde – an abbey in France that is a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Sorde Abbey (fr. Abbaye de Sorde) is located in a small village of the same name (Sorde-l’Abbaye), located at the intersection of Landes and the Basque Country. It was built in the eleventh century, on the banks of the Gave d’Orlon.

The abbey consists of three architectural objects:

– The Abbey Church (L’abbatiale Saint Jean-Baptiste de Sorde), …

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Castles and fortresses of Spain and France with Mathew Kristes

Bellocq castle – ruins that have been a Historical Monument since 1997

Bellocq Castle – ruins that have been a Historical Monument since 1997

Bellocq Castle (fr. Le château de Bellocq) is located in the eponymous town of the French Atlantic Pyrenees (Pyrénées-Atlantiques) department. Bellocq was located on the border of Guyenne, which belonged to England in the 13th century. Gaston VII de Béarn built a castle on …

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Castles and fortresses of Spain and France with Mathew Kristes

Montreal Castle has managed to be the viscount residence, and the military hospital, as well as the bakery, and the monastery School, and the town hall since the XVI century

Montreal Castle (fr. Le château de Montréal), also known as Château d’Orthe, is located in Peyrehorade, in the French department of Landes. The castle is an object of historical heritage, according to the decree of June 15th, 2012.

The castle is a building in the Louis XIV style – the former Viscounts of Orth’s (Orthe) residence. …

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The cities of the Pyrenees and around with Andrew Morato

Bayonne – a French city on the border between the Basque country and Gascony

Bayonne (fr. Bayonne) is a city in the Atlantic Pyrenees (Pyrénées-Atlantiques), in the south-west of France. The city location is between the Atlantic Ocean and the Pyrenees massive foothills, at the confluence the Niv (la Nive) and Adur (l’Adour) rivers. The city has over 50,000 inhabitants, making it the second-largest city in the Pau department.

The …

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Interesting places in the Pyrenees and around with Jane Cautch

Montolieu – a French Village of books, and a favourite place for book collectors, writers, and artists

“The art of reading is the art of thinking with a little help”, – Émile Faguet
(“L’art de lire, c’est l’art de penser avec un peu d’aide”, – Émile Faguet)

Montolieu is a commune in Occitania (France), located 20 minutes northwest of Carcassonne and 45 minutes from Toulouse. The name comes from two words – …

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