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 everything. The dogs gracefully laced in and out of the giant herd of sheep pictured below, setting off a domino-effect of ringing bells that were tied around their necks as they trotted into place.

Content with the herd’s position, both dog and master rested; heading to the stream, fed by last year’s snow, that cut down the hill-side. One of the dogs laid down in the stream without a second thought; feverishly gulping the water around him, as the shepherds scrubbed their hands, and chatted amongst themselves.

I love bearing witness to such simple scenes of everyday life that are so different from my own. Just another reason why travel has me so enamored, I suppose.
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I’d love to come back in the winter and cozy up in cabin with a fireplace…wouldn’t you?





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