Another Pleasant Day on Our Pyrenees Road Trip--2014
Well, I tried to post this a few days ago, but, as has sometimes happened before, when I hit the "Post" button a message popped up saying the site could not post it at this time, or some such language. I am going to guess it's because I take too much time to post and time out somehow? And, no, I can't write it elsewhere, copy it, and paste it here. I've never been able to paste anything on Frommers.com for some unfathomable reason--no problems anywhere else, only here. So, I'll break this up into smaller bits.
This covers our drive from Arette, France (the first stop on our road trip after leaving San Sebastian) to Viscos, France in the Pyrenees National Park (Parc national des Pyrenees). We left Arette heading east on the D918 with our first major goal to get to Viscos via the Col D'Aubsque route. The hotel called some friends in Laruns to make sure the pass was open, and we got a "go."
It was a pretty drive, though not mountainous for most of the route to the vicinity of Laruns. As we turned east towards Col d'Aubisque, we noted the sign showing the pass was open. We stopped for a bit in the old spa resort town of Eaux-Bonnes--checking out the mardet and enjoying some pleasant pastries and coffee for a short break. The town has a number of old, big deserted hotels that were interesting and a bit sad. But it was a nice stop. Again, the pass signs said open as we headed out of town.
The entire route from Laruns to Gourette was very scenic and enjoyable to drive. Unfortunately, while we were enroute, there was a big avalanche somewhere up the road, and we were turned back at Gourette. A bit disappointing as I did want to drive that mountainous road, but no disaster as we just headed back to Laruns then north to detour on the D35 east to get to Viscos via Lourdes.