Wednesday, 14 April 2010

Toulouse - part 3 - On top of the world!

Hello again! As promised, we're off to the mountains today. We headed down to the Pyrenees for the Easter weekend, our fingers crossed that the weather would improve and the visibility would be good. Someone must have been smiling on us, because when we got to La Mongie, the clouds were lifting and the sun was shining. I've never been skiing before, so it was quite exciting to be in a ski resort. The locals (and visitors) were making the most of the last few days of snow.

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We were going to be travelling in a cable car from La Mongie (1800m) up to the Pic du Midi de Bigorre (2877m).

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The sky cleared, the sun shone, and before we knew it, we were off! You have to take two cable cars to get to the summit. Here we are approaching the mid-way point. Almost time to change cable cars!

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Then we were off again, this time heading to the top of the Pic du Midi! Don't look down!

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At the top there's an astronomical observatory, and whilst we were there, we got the chance to look through a telescope at the sun. I saw the corona, something I'd only ever read about in physics text books!

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The views were breathtaking, and it really did feel like you were on top of the world. The sky was a deep, clear blue, and the sun was warm!

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In this direction, you could see Spain in the distance. Just a stone's throw away!

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It was a fantastic day, and as we drove back to Toulouse on Monday, this was one of the last glimpses of the Pyrenees that I had.

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I'll be back again tomorrow - I've got a new little friend to introduce to you! See you!


snoopydog said...

Fabulous photos! What an adventure you've had! Can't wait to see who your new little friend is!!!!!!! :) XX Ros

melissa said...

what gorgeous vistas! i'm enjoying reliving your holiday through your wonderful photographs!

Maria said...

I so want to visit now!!!! That last photo is fantastic!!

Jenny said...

Gorgeous photos. That must have been a great part of your trip, but then you were already on top of the world after your yarny purchases.

knitting said...

absolutely stunningly beautiful!