I have a huge back log of posts, I apologize for my absence lately but it’s been a busy period at work and I havent had a chance to sort through all my photos yet. I wanted to leave you with the last of my Pau photos. This quaint little city is so photogenic!
On my last day, my host mum took me to a very deserted downtown area (it was a Sunday!) to visit the Chateau de Pau. This castle is located in the center of Pau and dominates that part of the city with its cobbled streets and impressive facades. King Henry IV of France was born here on December 13, 1553. The chateau was also used by Napoleon as a holiday home during his reign. The castle is rather small compared to many others I have seen but it is very typical of that period and boasts an impressive tapestry collection in addition to very well manicured gardens (even in winter!) that were apparently tended to by Marie Antoinette when she spent he summers in the city.
The fountain you see is particularly nostalgic because this was my “drop-off” and “pick-up” spot by my host mum daily. Attending that language school felt like being back in primary school. I was dropped off and picked up daily and talked about what i learned at school like an animated child. Sigh, the little things in life…
I have been practicing my French since i returned but not nearly as much as I should be…still, I am looking forward to returning to Pau for my 2nd week.