A little bit about Pau, France
After many days of rain we finally get to see the sun again! Just in time for Steffen and I to spend our weekend exploring Pau. For a small town of only around 85,000 people, there is actually quite a bit to do and see. This city is rich in history, and has such an interesting mix of modern and traditional architectural styles.
Being only one hour from the ocean, Spain, and the Pyrénées mountains, the location is nearly perfect. Fun fact: Pau is the birthplace of King Henry IV of France, and even the birthplace of a Norwegian King, Karl Johan.
Nearby you have the city of Jurançon that is well known for its many vineyards, but we’ll get into wine tasting on another post.
Saturdays are heavenly. The work week is behind you and you still have a whole weekend ahead of you. It’s honestly one of my favorite days of the week. When I was still doing nails I had to work Saturdays, so Sundays were my favorite. Sorry Sunday, you’re still nice though. To truely enjoy every moment of our day, we have no plans. We are just going to wander through Pau and see what we find.
We found our way to a local farmer’s market, at the end of Rue Castetnau. This cozy market is a simple white tent set up with stall after stall of local producers. So many fresh and in season fruits and vegetables to try, as well as home made goodies. Next time, I plan on picking up some ingredients here for future recipes. Everyone is so friendly and the market is buzzing.
Afterwards, we head over to Les Halles de Pau. It is a beautiful, modern building with many high-end vendors. Here you can find everything from local produce, meats, and cheeses along with a wine bar and oyster bar. Here we stop to sip on some prosecco and people watch. This is the perfect way to spend an early afternoon.
Château de Pau
After some bubbles, Steffen and I stroll through the center of Pau in search of lunch. There is so many neat little shops to check out along the way. We ended up at a small restaurant nearby the castle and had some delicious burgers. Surprisingly, burgers seem to be a very common thing here.
After a full lunch we investigate the castle a bit. It’s so beautiful, with a view overlooking a river and the Jurançon region. Unfortunately, the castle is only open for tours the first Sunday of every month. That will have to go on the to-do list for March.
Later in the evening we check out an Irish pub, Le Garage. The theme is something like a biker bar, sports bar, and irish pub all combined.
The staff is friendly, and the onion rings and cocktails are delicious. While investigating their menu I notice they offer a Sunday Roast; that is something we will have to check out another weekend!
This is the perfect end to a relaxing day of getting to know our town a little bit more.
Stay tuned for a post on our Sunday adventures!