Saint-Lary-Soulan

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The novelty of France being a short drive away still hasn’t worn off despite living in northern Spain for over two years now. It’s a privilege I’ve taken advantage of several times; I just can’t get enough of the fairytale beauty of the Pyrenees, and the small towns that stud its valleys, like Bagnères-de-Bigorre and this one–Saint-Lary-Soulan.

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Saint-Lary-Soulan is small and you can easily see pretty much the whole town in an hour at a leisurely pace. The center of the town is a main road of stone buildings housing crêperies, shops and hotels. Be sure to look up and take in the snow-capped mountains towering over. Take any of the narrow side roads and you’ll find the residential zone of stately country homes and winter apartments.

As a ski-resort town, Saint-Lary-Soulan is popular with skiers and snowboarders, and since I am neither, I went during the spring and used the town instead as a base to do hiking in the area. It was truly a relaxing getaway– morning rituals of croissants and coffee in a café, afternoons spent in the mountains and evenings exploring the quiet town. It was a weekend all about disconnecting, something I’m guilty of forgetting to do! 

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