Why My Blog Hibernated This Winter
Mar23

Why My Blog Hibernated This Winter

  Why, hello! To say “it’s been awhile” would be a bit of an understatement. Where have I been, you ask? Well, always looking for a deal, I decided to change web hosts. It was time to renew with my current host, however, the renewal price was a bit of a sticker shock. So, I shopped around, found a cheaper host with good reviews and thought things would be up and running in no time. The whole changing hosts...

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The French Pyrenees: La Mongie
Nov04

The French Pyrenees: La Mongie

        As we drove further and further away from Lourdes, past pretty Bagnères-de-Bigorre , and through the green valleys of the French Pyrenees, we made the ascent to the largest ski station in the area: La Mongie. Stepping out into the cool, clean mountain air, the only thing we could hear were the occasional barks of some shepherds’ dogs, and a whistle or two from their master who was overseeing...

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The Pastel Town of Bagnères-de-Bigorre, France
Oct29

The Pastel Town of Bagnères-de-Bigorre, France

After a disappointing experience in Lourdes, I needed something that was the polar opposite of mass tourism. Driving further into the French Pyrenees, I stopped at the cute town that was the site of one of the Tour de France finish lines that I was at earlier in the summer: the colorful, small town of Bagnères-de-Bigorre. Ah, yes. This would be the perfect place to wander the pastel-toned streets with my family, sip on a steaming...

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Lourdes: Living Off of Tourism
Oct28

Lourdes: Living Off of Tourism

I keep things real on this lil’ blog of mine, and when I don’t like a place (which rarely happens) I let you know. Lourdes, unfortunately, was my type of travel nightmare; like a Disneyland for Catholics. Instead of hawking Mickey and Minnie Mouse products, you had crosses, Bibles, and Jesus figurines of all colors, shapes and sizes. But, I had an important reason to go here, and that made the trip completely worth...

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Photos: A Pit Stop in Pau France
Oct25

Photos: A Pit Stop in Pau France

I loved the Pyrenees so much, that I was back a month later–but this time, staying just on the French side. A couple of hours spent wandering the streets of Pau in southern France was a spontaneous decision fueled by hunger, that made a nice pit stop on a sunny August afternoon.  While the town itself wasn’t particularly memorable, some bits and pieces stood out (check out that gorgeous mint green door!) Certainly...

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The Spanish Pyrenees: Monte Perdido
Oct21

The Spanish Pyrenees: Monte Perdido

While volunteering at the Tour de France with the Euskaltel Team this summer, I was introduced to the beauty that is the Pyrenees mountain range. Let me tell you, they’re not lying about those claims of “fresh mountain air”. At these altitudes, you’re getting nothing but fresh oxygen filling your lungs, exceptionally green landscapes, and probably the happiest wild horses that exist, galloping alongside your...

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