There is one word to describe hiking in the Pyrenees mountains: I-N-C-R-E-D-I-B-L-E! It wasn’t always easy and it was really warm. However, every stumble over a rock, drop of sweat, and other struggle was worth the view and experience. Plus, how many times can you say you had a snowball fight on a mountain? Uhhhhh not very many!
We started our hike after a picnic at the Refuge we are staying. We spent the rest of the afternoon climbing the mountain you see in the pictures below. I wish the pictures did the view justice but I will never forget how gorgeous it was. The “Cirque of Gavarnie” is an arena shaped area that we climbed up. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site. This means it belongs everyone in the world, not just France!
Even though we were completely exhausted after dinner at the Refuge we decided to hike over to a nearby statue of Virgin Mary holding baby Jesus. The extra hike was worth the view and experience. We agreed it was the most surreal moment of the trip so far for us. Surrounded by beautiful mountains, nature, and a statue as significant as that was amazing. We sat by the statue, talked, and watched the sunset for a while. There are so many people I wish could experience things like this with me from home.
On Sunday we went shopping in a little town on our way down the mountain. I really could have used a Bruce Beeker massage that morning because I was stiff from our hike and beds! After a little shopping we then headed to Lourdes. Lourdes was neat and we got to check out the Notre Dame du Rosaire. It was SO beautiful!