Cadogan Guides: Gascony & the Pyrenees

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Barely touched by modern development, Gascony and the Pyrenees are the quintessence of provincial France. Passionate and more than a little flamboyant, this region has, like its famous fictional son d'Artagnan, a delightfully idiosyncratic appeal. Home to the Gascons, Basques and Catalans, it is a land where difference is embraced. From the breathtaking beauty of the Pyrenees to the affluent gentility of Biarritz, from the isolated principality of Andorra to the cosmopolitan chic of Toulouse, this fully updated ...
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Overview

Barely touched by modern development, Gascony and the Pyrenees are the quintessence of provincial France. Passionate and more than a little flamboyant, this region has, like its famous fictional son d'Artagnan, a delightfully idiosyncratic appeal. Home to the Gascons, Basques and Catalans, it is a land where difference is embraced. From the breathtaking beauty of the Pyrenees to the affluent gentility of Biarritz, from the isolated principality of Andorra to the cosmopolitan chic of Toulouse, this fully updated and expanded Cadogan guide takes the reader on a marvelous journey. Along the way are magnificent cathedrals and moutaintop villages, delicious food and wine to be savored and some of the best surfing to be found anywhere in Europe.
Inside you will find: practical travel advice; revised and updated information; a brand new chapter on Toulouse; wine routes, vintages and chateau visits; 30 maps and plans; color touring-map section; informative, discerning listings with over 250 restaurants, bars and cafes.
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Dana Facaros and Michael Pauls are passionate about Europe and have written over 40 books for Cadogan, including 20 in the Italy series. They have lived all over Europe, but are currently settled in a presbytère surrounded by vineyards in the Lot Valley, France.
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Gascony & the Pyrenees, 4th


By Collective

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Copyright © 2004 Collective
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ISBN: 1860111548

'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.'


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Table of Contents

(1) Photo Essay; (2) Introduction; (3) History; (4) Culture; (5) Travel; (6) Practical A-Z; (7) The Landes; (8) The Gers; (9) Pays Basque; (10) Béarn; (11) The High Pyrenees; (12) The Ariege, Andorra and the Eastern Pyrenees; (13) Glossary; (14) Language; (15) Index; (16) Color Maps
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