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    The parc at Chateau de Pau

    by gwened Written Aug 26, 2014

    Beyond the gardens started in 1418 by Sire de Caumont and renovated improved ever since, way back you have 22 hectares of park and trails great for walks and family leisure all free.
    You can print this pdf file for a nice map of the city and the castle entrances
    http://chateau-pau.fr/sites/preprod.chateau-pau.fr/files/maps_chateau-pau-parking-pieton.pdf

    excellent way to practice bicycling, jogging and just plain natural air in the city , great for families like us to have a break from walking.

    The trails of park in Chateau de Pau the vast park still farther away back of castle statue of Henri IV back of castle from the park back right side of Castle look by the front
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    Gardens at Chateau de Pau

    by gwened Written Aug 26, 2014

    wonderful gardens full of history and great walks with the family. From the 16C these gardens are mimed and care and they look magnificent. We came here three times while visiting the area Inside and outside all is nice here.

    It has been known to have a nice garden since 1418 according to the writings of the Sire de Caumont. It has been constantly renovated entertain ever since as beautiful as you see today.

    Enjoy it at Pau.

    At the base in the garden of Chateau de Pau the gardens of  Chateau de Pau the entry to the gardens left side of Castle the potager at garden of Chateau the side of castle from the garden below
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    Chateau Musée de Pau

    by gwened Written Aug 21, 2014

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    This is the castle and museum of Pau, the place to be while visiting the city. It is their main attraction and its Worth it.
    The basics are the admission 7€ adults, Open every day from June 15 to September 15 9h30-12h30 and 13h30-18h45. September 16 to June 14 from 9h30 -11h45 and 14h-17h; closed Jan 1, May 1, and Dec 25.

    Feudal castle from the 12C improved and enlarged by the viscounts of Béarn region. In the second half of the 14C the castle was change by Gaston III, count of Foix ,and viscount of Béarn (1343-1391). Gaston IV de Foix-Béarn (1423-1472) by his marriage with Eléonore de Navarre,allows the counts of Foix to start a royal dynasty. Their grandson François Fébus became king of Navarre in 1480. Pau is favored to become the capital of Béarn and in 1512 while Catherine de Navarre and her husband Jean d'Albret were chased from Pamplona they come to their French territory. this made the castle officially a royal residence and losses its defensive look to become a grand castle on a renaissance style. It is under the reign of Henri II d'Albret and his wife Marguerite d'Angoulême, sister of the king of France, François 1er, that the biggest rénovations were done.

    In October 1620,the castle welcomes king Louis XIII that proclaimed here the union of Béarn and Navarre to the kingdom of France. From 1623 to the French revolution many owners succeeded changing hands with the family Gramont, who came from the Bidache. For memory to the Nation the French revolution spare the demolition of the castle but makes it a military barracks from 1792 and call the Les Casernes. The castle becomes very much is disrepair and while Napoléon Ier arrives in Pau in July 22, 1808, with the imperatrice Joséphine. Not much is done to repair it and non either Under the new Bourbons in 1815. Louis-Philippe Ier (1830-1848),king of the French bring finally a restoration order from 1838, but the exterior works are not finished while his depart for England after the revolution of 1848.

    Napoléon III is interested in the castle of Pau where he stays several times and follows the renovation of it. When the empire falls apart in 1870,the work is not done yet but several years later are done Under the IIIème République. Visited later by French President like Sadi Carnot eventually its use is reduce. The idea of a museum in honor of Henry IV is mentioned. Finally in 1929 the museum is a reality.

    The interior and exterior offers loads of information I will mentioned those that are Worth seeing in my opinion: La salle aux cent couverts; Le grand salon de réception; L'appartement de l'impératrice; La Chambre du roi. As well as a great selection of objects, tapestries,and paintings as well as furniture, stamps, engravings, ceramics, sculptures, medals and money.

    It has a wonderful garden of 22 hectares just behind it, with a vegetable garden or potager. And just at the end to the left see the Maison Baylaucq, the old baths of Henri IV, it is bordering the rue d'Etigny or you can come by the 1 Place Mulot from the city side.

    The place is undergoing a renovation of the parvis of entrance but all is still open to the public. official sites in French are
    http://chateau-pau.fr/
    the city of Pau site on it
    http://www.pau.fr/211-musee-national-du-chateau-de-pau.htm
    and the tourism Pyrénées regional site
    http://www.pau-pyrenees.com/fr/decouv_hist_pat_chateaux_pau.php

    Chateau de Pau closing in on entrance Chateau de Pau the parvis central interior courtyard the towers of two periods the maison Baylaucq
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    Musée Bernadotte, Pau

    by gwened Written Aug 21, 2014

    a great little museum actually the house where Jean-Baptiste Jules Bernadotte, a loyal soldier of Napoléon Iér, and who later became Marshal of France. By fate, he was ask to be the replacement of the Swedish line of Kings lacking a male heir, and he was crown King of Sweden and Norway in 1818 as Charles XIV. The current line of Kings of Sweden are descendents as well as those in Norway, Luxembourg, Belgium, and Denmark.

    Open every day except Mondays and jan 1, May 1, July 14, and Dec 25 from 10h to 12h and 14h to 18h , admission is 3€ adults. The museum keeps the Scandinavian time Schedule so adjust your hours to that of Stockholm. pictures are not allowed.

    The house dates from about 1730, known as the house or maison Balagué . It has two floors with a collection tracing the life of Bernadotte by showing paintings, sculptures, busts, objects of the one who became King from nothing.

    Museum Bernadotte entrance arriving at Museum the back of house Balagu�� with plaque on house the back of museum Bernadotte
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    The heart of Bearn

    by kokoryko Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The village of Monein, sys itself it is in the heart of Bearn! It is a nice village , located 30 km West of Pau, direction Mourenx, (or Bayonne, and turn left after 20 km), counting 4000 inhabitants. The village itself is picturesque but the most important features there are the gothic St Girons church and that it is located in the heart of the Jurançon wine production area, and probably the best one.
    The main picture shows the village from the vineyards located on hills South of the village, and the impressive church is also seen here from the main street (picture 2). Picture 3 shows it is a rather quiet place and old constructions (picture 4) like here the city hall arcades, are spread over the village, and some houses are nicely decorated, even quite soberly (picture 5).

    The massive church and the village of Monein Main street of Monein Quiet place Under the city hall Pignon in the main street
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    Church St Girons

    by kokoryko Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Church St Girons , built in the end 15th and beginning 16th centuries is said to be the biggest gothic church of Bearn. It was for some time a protestant temple, but in the mid 17th century it became definitely catholic.
    The remarkable thing here is the framework under the roof.; this returned ship framework is the most impressive I have seen and I could have figured out when I saw the roof outside.
    The tourist office organises guided visits with a sound-and-light representation which I was not very fond of, but well, and it is the only possibility to see the framework.
    I do not comment the pictures, just have a close look. This frame is made exclusively of heart of oak wood, most of the beams and balks are original from the construction time; it has been renovated in 1999 but keeping the original material as much as possible. You even can see marks from the renaissance carpenters on some of the balks. Ah, last picture is a side-ship under the big roof.

    The wooden framework under the roof Framework Details Details Little ship
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    The famous Jurançon wine

    by kokoryko Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Do not live Monein without a visit to a wine producer!
    I was recently (Beginning Dec. 2006) at “Domaine Cauhapé”, probably one of the best in the area; he produces 3 dry white, 6 sweet white and 1 red wines. Henri Ramonteu, the owner, when he is there welcomes the visitors himself and organises a visit to the vineyards, where he explains why he uses this or that technique and what grape variety is used for the different wines and what wines are blended or not.
    The most used variety is the “Petit Manseng”, and the second one is the “Gros Manseng”, local varieties.
    The grapes for dry wine are picked in October-November and quite rapidly put to fermentation after pressing the juice. I am not fond of dry white wines, but I have to confess the “Canopée” vintage is full of perfumes and flavours (mango, with a moss smell, quite nice)
    For sweet wines, the grapes are picked later, and the later, the more alcoholic, the best and. . . the most expensive! Cauhape has a wine called “folie de Janvier” ( January madness), the grapes are picked in January, there are very few, the grains are picked one by one (like in the best Sauternes), and there are few bottles.
    All this is not publicity or promotion, just some impressions from what I tasted here. I also liked to visit the winery, and listen to the explanations for making the wines in the cellars.
    For groups, Cauhape organises lunches or dinners on his winery with his wines of course.

    A marvellous product ! Work in the wineyards with the Pyr��n��es as backgro Petit Manseng Cellar A few drops
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    Good King Henri's Castle

    by aaaarrgh Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Pau Castle is a mixture of styles, filled with amazing furnishings and well worth a visit. Henri IV Le Bon Roi of France was born here in 1553 and his turtle shell cradle is on display. However, it was local Bearnais hero, Vicomte Gaston Febus who created much of the chateau in the 14th century. As well as the turtle shell cradle, there is an oak table for 100 sitters, some intricate beds and colourful tapestries. A highlight was the castle's collection of luxury p*ss pots, used by Queen Jeanne :-)

    Guided tours are in French only. There are printed information sheets in other languages, for example the Spanish sheets are bright yellow and the Englissh ones are white, so you can see who is who! On my tour the guide also spoke excellent English and offered to answer any questions in English. The tour took about an hour.

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    The Church of St. Martin

    by hquittner Written Mar 2, 2010

    There was not much of interest in the Church of St. Martin other than that it large and close by the Chateau. It is, I think, 19C, and is neo-Gothic in style and quite spacious inside and quite tall with four large levels. We usually do not look at recent churches but this seems to be the oldest one in town. Unlike older churches, its narrow entry wall is at the North.

    Upper Entrance Facade Lower Entrance Lateral Nave View Altar View Stained Glass Window
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    A Collection of Tapestries of the 15 & 1600's

    by hquittner Written Mar 2, 2010

    To people with a strong interest in the development of tapestry as an Art form, the walk through of the Chateau at Pau is a rewarding experience. There are how ever, as is usual with many collections, some difficulties. Most collections are set out with little feeling about the relationship to the other members of the collection. Luckily the newest works, the Gobelin ones, are seen first are on the ground floor. These must have among the first ones, there being only a little over 8 years between the beginning of the factory and Henri IV's assassination. Here we see Henri enjoying his family life. On the main floor of the castle are works from a number of sources especially works from Flanders of the 1550 period and later. There may have been a large book for sale but we could not have carried it. Here are five that we photographed (as best we could reproduce them).

    Henri with a Small Girl With Hounds Boblical Scene Old Flanders Work A Newer Flanders Myth Character
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    Mementos from Chateau At Time of Henri

    by hquittner Written Feb 27, 2010

    The birth and life of Henri in Pau include some items of his and others surrounding his family. The initial crib is on show as evidence of his great future. There is an important monumental fireplace and a painting of him in youth. The ceiling of a one room is decorated to remember Queen Margueret and finally a painting of her in the house gallery. It is worth remembering that she is writers, writer of the Heptamoran/ of the first famous female

    The Crib (under a coverlet) The Tortoise Cradle of Henri & Memorial Marguerite Ceiling Initial Henri Queen of Navarre
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    Inside the Chateau on the Ground Floor

    by hquittner Written Feb 27, 2010

    The largest room in the Castle is on the ground floor and it is able to be set up for dinners that seat 100 people. The lateral walls are covered with eight Gobelin tapestries. They are related to King Henri's daily life and were probably the first tapestries created at the Gobelin workshop in Paris since they T only began in Henri's last decade of life. On snother wall is a statue of Henri. The next room is the anteroom and beyond is one of the early examples of an interior staircase.

    View of the Grand Room Early Gobelin Tapestry with Henri IV Henri IV in Dining Hall Fine Ceiling in Anteroom Interior Stairwell
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    The Court of Honor of the Chateau

    by hquittner Updated Feb 26, 2010

    The most prominent part of the outside is a full sized statue of King Henri I stand under the central arch of the entrance to the Court of Honor. Some busts are also present upon different faces of the courtyard

    King Henri IV Decorative Dorway Rulers Rulers Fine Heads

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    Seeing the Outside Walls of the Chateau

    by hquittner Written Feb 26, 2010

    The Chateau of Pau was started in the 12C and was enlarged during the 13-15C and remodeled during the 19C. The first building was a flat topped hunting lodge and also served as a Donjon. In the next centuries it converted to a castle residence. In 1464 it became the capital of Bearn. In the 16C Jeanne d'Albret, Queen of Navarre, gave birth to a son who later became Henri IV in 1589. The structure is of various types ranging from brick to fine carved stonework.

    Donjon and Chapel Arcade Into Court of Honor Inner (West) Section Side Next to Donjon (South) North Side
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    More About Paintings in the Musee des Beaux-Arts

    by hquittner Updated Feb 23, 2010

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    There are several Art Museums worth visiting in Southwest France if you are spending an extended time here. Above all others is the Musee des Augustins in Toulouse. Only three other general examples are also of interest in the area: in Montpellier, Pau and Agen. In addition there are three other visits that should be considered, first to see the Toulouse-Lautrec works in Albi, the works of Ingres in Montauban and those of Rigaud in Perpignan where there are also paintings and statues by Maillol. In Pau there are a few works worth spending time over beyond the great Degas masterpiece. There is a fine El Greco, an unexpected work by Mary Casset, a group of three works by Rubens including a detailed preparation painting for a giant Last Judgement, a fine painting by Rigaud and a Jan Brueghel's as well as a few other fine French works.

    El Greco By Mary Casset Last Judgement (Rubens) Bt Jan Brueghel By Rigaud
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