IMG 0469A respectable departure time allowed far a side trip to the hilltop castle at Ujue. Scenic but we did not walk up. The views were extensive from the road however.

The back roads to the mountains were a mixed bag. Some beautifully paved two lane affairs, then turning into single track bump fests and back to fabulous again. Quite inexplicable.

Lunch was a tea and coffee with a scrawny sandwich at an unmemorable town, near the bull ring again.

The road was stunning rising to over 1700 metres before dropping down into France. No announcement or indication of the border as seems to be commonplace in civilised communities now. What would be the point?

 

IMG 0467The hotel Montpensier in Pau is memorable for the charming lady at the desk who copes with my hideous french and sets us up at the rear with secure parking at no charge. No was to get the air conditioning working but the night is mild and the windows are large. and we get a very good meal at le Table de Hote a the bottom end of town in what seemed to be a deep gully.

After dinner we walked for some while to escape the lower, rather dark alley we were stuck in and get back to street level as the steps we had come down were inexplicably locked. After retracing our steps we did get back to the upper level and back to our hotel. The experience was not one to be recommended however.