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France, Hautes-Pyrénées (65), Bagnères-de-Bigorre, église Saint Vincent
France, Gers (32), Bassoues, le village et son donjon du XIVe siècle
France, Gers (32), Gimont
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4 days climbing to the stars
Board immediately for a trip to space! From the ‘ville rose’ to the Pic du Midi, find exceptional locations to observe the sky and pierce its mysteries. In the footsteps of the greatest scientists, you will go from the Ariane rocket to the dome of one of the most legendary observatories. Between these two discoveries, you can catch your breath sitting on the old stones of the bastides and enjoy your nights under the sky watching the stars…
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ToulousePic du Midi de Bigorre
Toulouse, the ville rose, is also a town of the cosmos. The Cité de l’espace, recognisable from a distance with its life-size reconstruction of an Ariane rocket, offers hours of travel and entertainment. Moon Runner, Stellarium, Mir Station, Astralia … There is so much to see in this vast educational and fun museum so it’s advisable to plan your visit. Next, head north-west to the Aeroscopia and Let’s Visit Airbus, twod locations to discover the world of aeronautics and one of the jewels of French industry.
The route to Fleurance, dotted with bastides and châteaux of the Gers, offers a historical interlude before you turn astrophysicist at the Ferme des Etoiles. This site situated near Mauroux offers trips that are both gastronomic and astronomical, tailor made to your wishes. A night under the stars in one of the astrobulles, in the company of researchers and enthusiasts, tasting the best produce, and looking to decipher the sky with outstanding equipment. Booking is essential !
When crossing the Gers to reach the Hautes-Pyrénées, take a break in Bassoues, a small and historic village. You can gain a little height in your hunt for stars from its 43m dungeon. Arriving at Bagnères-de-Bigorre, enjoy this charming town at the foot of the Pyrenees whose thermal waters have been famous since the ancient past. The old centre and the spa park of Salut guide you to the Natural History Museum, offering hours of beautiful walks. Enjoy the local cuisine for a great dinner.
Early morning, discover the Pic du Midi. On foot via the chemin des muletiers, assuming the weather and your equipment is appropriate, or via two cable cars, the climb to the 2,877m summit is a total delight. From the vast terraces, the view is unobstructed and plunges the visitor into cosmic contemplation. The Planetarium and Space Museum achieve the challenge of making scientific discovery accessible to all. To keep your head in the stars, the lucky ones can spend a magical night on site!
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