In a little tiny village named Mérens-Les-Vals,
way up in the Pyrené
mountains, lives a friend-who-is-now-family. Her home is ancient,
renovated by her and her former husband, and is blessed with spectacular views upon winding
roads. She lives in the “upper” village, not the “lower” and owns a tidy sum of
land, some of which she uses to garden. She makes jams, jellies and honey that
she sells to hikers, campers and local shops. All organic “Bio” in French, and
|Poppies in our friend's garden|
|One of her views from her home|
|Getting our greens from her garden for our salad that evening|
Whenever we stay in Mérens-Les-Vals
, we hike. There are hot water sulfur springs
along side a path high above her home. Too many folks know about
them now and they aren’t as they once were, but the springs are still
beautiful, clear, and very warm. There are paths winding deep into the
mountains with ever increasing spectacular views on all sides of Mé
If you like to hike, this area is for you.
|The hot springs, one of the three pools|
|The water is so clear...|
|On the trail with our gracious hostess|
Right down from her house is an ancient Romanesque church ruin
century) that gives the upper village an antiquated look.
Over the hill from her house is a viewpoint referred to as “Saut Amoureux,” (Lover’s
Leap) and yes, there is a legend of lovers who jumped rather than live without
|The Romanesque Church ruin|
The fields surrounding the village are often dotted with the
famous black “Chevaux de Mérens
” (Horses of Merens).
Around the other side of the mountain from her home is an
old grist mill owned by her former sister-in-law and her husband. It’s been in
his family for years and is unique as far as houses go, as a small stream runs
directly under it and the grand old mill stones are still in place inside.
|This and the following photos are from the trails we walked/hiked |
You must pass through Mé
rens-les-Vals to get to Andorra
a tiny independent country that belongs neither to France nor Spain. It’s known
for its ski resorts, no taxes, and cheap gas and goods. Mé
is about a two hour drive from Toulouse, and 2 ½ hours by train.
Hope you've enjoy the views…
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All photos by Buie-Collard
I don't know this place, but I will go and visit when I will be on this area of the country! Beautiful photos, very peaceful. Enjoy the salads ;)ReplyDelete
I so enjoyed reading and viewing this piece. I love France and lived there for many years but not in such a picturesque place as this!ReplyDelete
The Queen of all Mermaids
Wow, looks beyond spectacular!ReplyDelete
I am in AWE at the beauty of this place. Wow!ReplyDelete
Beautiful walking trails with soothing scenery.ReplyDelete
Very sorry for France today with the destruction of Notre Dame. My prayers are that all remain safe.
Looks like a beautiful place . . . Thanks for the return visit folk dont do that very often on my blog. . .ReplyDelete
Wow! Magnificent scenery! And those ruins - oh, I'd SO love to visit there!ReplyDelete
Thanks for sharing this stunning piece of Earth with us.