16 July 2012 Cirque de Gavarnie

Words can’t describe how spectacular the scenery is in the Cirque de Gavarnie! We jumped in a car and travelled about 3/4 hour through Luz to Gavarnie. Climbing up and around the mountain top was gruelling. Tomorrow I will use poles! I fell on my butt once and was a bit tentative after that. We had lunch in a meadow surrounded by trees and a creek. A marmote (small animal) made an appearance just for us as well as a few donkeys carrying loads for the restaurant at the summit. If you’re really lazy you can ride a horse up! The place was full of tourists. Not many English speaking ones though.

Just came back from a drive to the Col du Tourmalet (top of the mountain) where the Tour de France goes. The amount of campervans there already is amazing. Some are parked so close to the edge it’s scary! 

Must go to bed now. Another big day tomorrow.

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