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The snow has arrived and the sun is shining so it is the perfect day bunk off for the day and visit the Pic de Midi or to give it its full title Pic du Midi de Bigorre.

Half way there

A two stage cable car ride lasting around 15 minutes was all it took for us to make the 1000 metre climb to an altitude of 2,877 metres (9,439 feet).

The Pic is also home to the highest museum in Europe dedicated to astronomy and the study of the Sun and planets


The Pic du Midi was listed as a national natural site in 2003

Reaching the top

As we ascended we had a marvelous view of the pistes below and lucky folks enjoying them which certainly reignited our desire to get out there ourselves.

Fabulous views

Our day was perfect for drinking in the fabulous vistas whichever way we turned.   Down to the valley below or out across the snow capped mountain peaks.

Restaurant & Museum

Popping into the restaurant, we enjoyed a delicious vin chaud before our trip down to La Mongie and the drive back down the mountains and home.

The Pyrenees in their winter glory

The snow has arrived and the sun is shining so it is the perfect day bunk off for the day and visit the Pic de Midi or to give it its full title Pic du Midi de Bigorre.


Darcet and physicist Gaspard Monge climbed the Pic to study the pressure of the atmosphere.  Obviously accessing the summit in those days was far more taxing but it did not stop scientists from constructing a fully-fledged meteorological station and astronomical observatory in the 1870s.


In more recent times NASA scientists travelled there to map the surface of the moon in preparation for the Apollo landing.

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