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Cadogan Guide: Gascony and the Pyrenees

Cadogan Guide: Gascony and the Pyrenees

by Dana Facaros
     
 
From the breathtaking beauty of the Pyrenees and the affluent gentility of Biarritz, to the isolated principality of Andorra and the cosmopolitan chic of Toulouse, let Cadgan's expert authors help you to discover the best of this passionate and idiosyncratic region. Along the way are magnificient cathedrals and mountaintop villages, delicious food and wine and some of

Overview

From the breathtaking beauty of the Pyrenees and the affluent gentility of Biarritz, to the isolated principality of Andorra and the cosmopolitan chic of Toulouse, let Cadgan's expert authors help you to discover the best of this passionate and idiosyncratic region. Along the way are magnificient cathedrals and mountaintop villages, delicious food and wine and some of the best surfing to be found anywhere in Europe.

Marvel at the majestic mountain cirques, the Dune du Pilat, Europe's largest sand dune, and valleys where eagles soar. Discover stunning caves across the region and palaeolithic cave art at Niaux and Le Mas-d'Azil. Experience Toulouse, La Ville en Rose, a fascinating combination of hi-tech industry, a historical centre, and a busy nightlife. Relax in one of hundreds of personally recommended place to stay - from charming inns to restored medieval stables. Savour the flavours of the region: foie gras, cepe mushrooms and King Henri's favourite, poulet au pot. What's inside: In-depth chapter on historic Toulouse, One and two-week itineraries for seeing the best of the countryside, Advice on the best architectural and historic sites, Essential planning tools for all budgets, Easy-to-use maps and clear town plans, Food and drink section, with a practical menu reader.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781860113604
Publisher:
Cadogan Guides
Publication date:
07/01/2007
Series:
Country & Regional Guides - Cadogan
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.80(d)

Read an Excerpt


‘The presiding angel of Gascony is Good King Henri – Henri IV – the Gascon, who three centuries ago saved the country from its religious squabbling and taught Frenchmen, with a joke and a smile, to take it easy and enjoy life rather than slaughter each other over abstractions. The basis of Henri’s policy is expressed in a quote that everyone still remembers: he wished every Frenchman to have a chicken in the pot on Sundays. The stories say he liked to sneak down to the palace kitchen to see how his own poule au pot was cooking, and didn’t mind helping chop up the vegetables. Thanks to Henri, perhaps, that part of the Gascon mystique is still very present: the sense of contentment simple pleasures can bring.’

Meet the Author


Dana Facaros and Michael Pauls are passionate about Europe and have written over 30 books for Cadogan, including several in the France series. They have lived all over Europe, but are currently settled in an idyllic farmhouse surrounded by vineyards in the Lot Valley, France.

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