This is new territory for me – the Ariege, or to be precise the Pyrénées Ariégeoises. It is a Regional Natural Park, and as the name implies, it is part of the Pyrénées. It is a wonderland of forests, streams, nature at every turn, wildlife and sweeping vistas. My first impressions are just how lush and verdant it is. I’m in another fantastic campsite, almost empty, and I was given the choice of pitch. I plumped for a spot right beside the river, the River Arize. I love the sound of running water and that combined with birdsong everywhere, I am well pleased!
This is beside me.
As you can see it is crowded!
All ready for my week here – perfect!
So, where am I? I’m just on the edge of the village of Le Mas d’Azil. It is only 1.5km walk into the centre along the riverbank, an ideal walk for Maggie filled with new smells and sounds. Pictures will follow in time 🙂 For now I am just absolutely content with the change of scenery, the variation to my daily routine…in fact what holidays are all about.
Oh, I’m so homesick now. I love the area you’ve chosen. I don’t know how it will be in the New Normal, but if it is functioning, a visit on Saturday to the market at St. Girons is definitely worth a go. It’s the best market in the region, and full of petits producteurs and atmosphere. Failing that, there’s a wonderful independent cheese shop in town. Have a wonderful stay, and keep us posted.
Even though France is returning to a new normal, there are plenty of places that are just opening up and getting ready, but also some just closed and I guess either waiting or have gone ‘bust’! Unfortunately I am going to miss the market 😦
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