© Number 10 B & B 2016
Reputed to be the highest train in Europe.
This little train takes you through the mountains to enjoy some absolutely spectacular scenery in comfort
Off on the start of our journey
Into the darkness through the Tunnel des l’Ours (the tunnel of bears).
For the remainder of our drive we steadily climbed up into the mountains through glorious scenery before arriving at the lakeside resort of Fabreges to take the telecabine up to the little railway station.
Originally built in 1921 to transport men and materials for the 8 long years it took to build the vast hydro-electric dam.
Nowadays the little train takes the strain and allows you to sit back and enjoy the ride and if you are lucky you may even spot a marmot
We all certainly agreed it had been the most fantastic experience and even the Aussie who is used to vast horizons was suitably impressed.
Winding along the mountain
For the duration of the 50 minute journey, no matter where you look there is the fabulous mountain scenery to enjoy,
Now for the climb
Arriving close to the head of the dam, time is allowed to climb up to the lake it creates.
It is a steady uphill climb but perfectly achievable by both young and not so young (Richard) and even a clot in flip flops (Yours truly)!
Lake at the head of the dam
It certainly made us all puff but was well worth the effort for the sense of achievement and the chance to take a breather and enjoy the scenery. Added to which, we felt we had earned those cold beers back at the station before our return journey.
With the sun continuing to shine and temperatures rising the mountains beckoned.
A leisurely and picturesque drive brought us to Laruns, a pretty little town in the piedmont. That Sunday morning the square was bustling providing the perfect place for a little people watching over a mid-morning beer or coffee.