Pau, Birthplace of King Henry IV
We arrived in Pau at about 11:00 this morning. After a neighbor from the apartment above checked us in, Leslie and I walked across the street to the small grocery. The place we are staying at is actually 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 back 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 of this entire trip!
Right next door to our apartment building is the Continental Hotel. 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 getting settled in 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. Henry IV was born there December 13, 1553. 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. From what I saw on the tour, I believe he was assassinated in 1610.
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. In the plaza were several water fountains. We all enjoyed looking at the fountains.