The French Pyrenees are known for beautiful mountain ranges, quiet countrysides, and culinary delights. I love the mountains and natural beauty, but I have a passion for street art especially when visiting a city. Whenever we visit a new destination, I ask if there is any street art. No street art in the Pyrenees I was told. Ok, the mountains would be enough for me but I was pleasantly surprised to stumble on street art in the Pyrenees. With a keen eye, I can find street art almost anywhere.
Our adventures in the Pyrenees led us through mountain passes and farms, not the typical places to find street art. Fortunately Frank drove the narrow roads with many hairpin turns, which left me on the look out for interesting stops. In the country, I’m on the lookout for animals mostly. Many times I spotted goats and sheep grazing high on the hills and some right along the roadside fields. Waterfalls flowed from the mountains adding to the beauty of the scenery. On our way to the spa we traveled through a small quaint town. Never did I expect to find street art there! On a cement telephone pole, a piece of street art gave me hope that I could find more street art in the Pyrenees.
Who would have thought we could have found street art near this:
I had the goal of finding at least 5 pieces on our trip. Once a goal is created Frank knows I’m unstoppable so he started looking for street art too. It didn’t take long to find more. A stencil of a bear popped up around the Luchon area from the city streets to quiet back roads the cute bear greeted us.
The next day we went skiing, surely there would not be any street art at a ski area right? We stopped twice on the winding road up to the ski area!
Finding street art in unexpected spots is one of my favorite things. Frank had a great day too, he ticked off a bucket list item- skiing in another country! Leaving the ski area we couldn’t believe our luck that we found another piece of street art right out of the parking lot.
Heading back to our bed and breakfast we found even more along the roads in quiet towns. Again this art was not where I would expect it and I’m sure many people never even notice it. I was excited we had already found more than 5 pieces when I spotted my favorite piece in the Pyrenees. No surprise for those that know me it was a cat!
The bonus of our trip was a short hike to a cabin that had graffiti/street art inside. It was quite the surprise heading into a hiking cabin to find street art. The combination of my love of hiking and street art on our first day in the Pyrenees started the trip off right!
Street art is everywhere and becoming more popular even with celebrities. At each new destination, I ask locals for tips but the surprise street art is extra special. We recommend you explore the back roads, look down alleys and find delight in the surprising treasures you find!
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