Apr 272010

Here are a few photos of the gorgeous region called Pyrennees Atlantiques, which includes the Bearn province, where both the Vallee d’Aspe and Vallee d’Ossau are located. The pictures feature locations where the novel takes place, including the Chemin de la Mature, a path carved across an almost vertical face by French convicts in the 18th century, as well as the scenic, yet, sinuous, RN 134 road that meanders along the bottom of the valley, the Fort du portalet, the abandoned train station of Cette-Eygun (that used to be La Goutte d’Eau back in the day), the infamous Somport tunnel, the gave d’Aspe and the city of Oloron Ste Marie. Keep in mind the pictures were taken in 2008, thus 14 years after the book’s fictitious timeline. [slideshow]