For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel's sake. The great affair is to move. ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON

Wednesday, 26 November 2008

Borce

By late afternoon we'd reached Borce, a typical Pyrenean village of grey stone houses with grey slate roofs. On a dull, wet day these villages, hemmed in by the high mountains, can be rather depressing, claustrophobic places ...


We spent the night in the recently restored pilgrim refuge, the Hôpital Saint-Jacques, which also contained a tiny chapel and heritage museum. Inside was this glass sculpture ...


... and these faded 19th century frescos ...



Borce has a spectacular location on a hillside overlooking the Aspe valley ...




3 comments:

Jay said...

Depressing when wet? Just like Wales or the Lake District then!

It's very pretty, and looks peaceful. I love the glass sculpture!

The Weaver of Grass said...

That bottom photograph could be Wales solitary walker. I suppose there is some similarity between all mountain villages.

The Solitary Walker said...

I wish I could remember the title of that glass sculpture, but I can't - and I've scoured the Internet in vain. I have a feeling it was dedicated to 'Peace'.

Yes, the mountain villages in the hills of Leon on my Camino last year looked very similar too.