Sunday, January 29, 2012

Tarbes

Tarbes mural

A change of pace today as Gustav and I have headed two hours south for an evening concert in Lourdes. Munson is having a home day as there’s no other sensible arrangement I can make for him during the concert hours.

P1070932As we got closer to Tarbes, the snow-covered Pyrenees made an impressive appearance. Last time I was here, during a late summer tour through the mountains, the place was pretty quiet. Not so different today outside the big supermarchés on the edge of town, most of the merchants have closed their doors for the two hour lunch. Even the big book store in the centre has the shutters down, so no lunch-hour browsing. While Tarbes runs a distant centre to Toulouse size-wise in this region, it’s twice the size of Auch, our capital of the Gers. There weren’t many choices for food either – I think most of these places had shut up for lunch!
Fauré Fourreur  P1070940

We didn’t have much option but to walk the streets for an hour or so, and at least there were some odd bits of street art to contemplate.
Querelle?  Danton
P1070931I’m not sure why the statue of the 18thC revolutionary figure Danton is given such prominence in the town centre. He came from the opposite end of France and was executed at the young age of 35, telling his executioner “Don't forget to show my head to the people. It's well worth seeing.”
The pose of the figure suggests that he might be uttering his famous “We need audacity, and yet more audacity, and always audacity!”

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