Pau, France – July 14,2011
We arrived in Pau at about 11:00 this morning. After a neighbor from the apartment above the one we rented checked us in, Leslie and I walked across the street to the small grocery. The place we are staying in an apartment. We rented it from the owner for three nights. Since it is an apartment it has a full kitchen. So, for lunch, we bought a frozen pizza. For dinner, we bought some pork. Leslie will bake that in the oven with some potatoes. For tomorrow morning, the kids have milk and cereal. Leslie and I bought some quiche Lorraine. By far, these will be the least expensive meals for this entire trip!
Right next door to our apartment building is the Continental Hotel. The Continental Hotel is one of the venues used by those with the Tour de France for Stage 13. While Leslie and I were out, we saw two of the official tour vehicles there. They were delivery vans, full of luggage. This afternoon I would like to try to find where the start for the race tomorrow is located. I assume there will be Tour items for sale there. If not, then certainly there will be some stuff for sale at the finish in Lourdes.
After settling into the apartment, we walked to the area where the stage will start tomorrow, the Palace Beaumont. There were no souvenir stands. From there we walked along the Boulevard des Pyrenees to the church of Saint Martin.
After taking a quick look inside the church, we walked a little farther west to the Chateau de Pau Musee National. Born at the chateau on December 13, 1553, Henry IV, became King of France, on June 9, 1572. A fanatic assassinated Henry IV on May 14, 1610, in Paris.
We decided to take a tour. Unfortunately, it was a guided tour in French. Fortunately, they did provide us with a “cheat sheet” in English to allow us to follow along. We did see some very beautiful and interesting things during our tour.
I thought the tour was fascinating and well-paced. I am not certain my family shared my assessment.
Leaving the Chateau, we stopped across the street at one of the souvenir shops to pick up some trinkets, then it was back to the apartment.
Along the way, we passed through Place Georges Clemenceau. It is a very large plaza with several water fountains. We all enjoyed looking at the fountains.