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Family Travel France: Pyrenees Photo - Highest Train Ride

April 01, 2011

Family Travel France:  Pyrenees Photo - Highest Train Ride


When we stayed in beautiful Colliore where the Pyrenees meet the sea in Catalan territory, we decided to take the special and unique Yellow train ( Le Train Jaune) from Villefranche de Conflent  to the high Pyrenees ( Pyrenees-Orientales). We were there in July, but there was still some snow on the tops of the mountains. The yellow train is a not just a tourist train, but a regular train that has been running for over 100 years and the highest train ride in France. 

 It is a fun excursion for the whole family with spectacular views winding through the mountains a mile high. We got off in this high valley to see the Unesco World Heritage Site, Mont-Louis which was built by the famous French architect, Vauban. This was our beautiful view as we walked from the train to France's highest fort. Lovely, don't you think? 

 

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Christina Pilkington

I can't get over how gorgeous this picture is! This looks like the absolute perfect place to visit- definitly my kind of travel. Thanks for sharing!

Melissa Read (readontheroad

Don't know how we missed this one- we love train rides (maybe next trip) We did do Jungfraujoch in the Berner Oberland, but this looks more like our favorite SW Colorado- will look forward to more pictures!

Sonya

This looks like a beautiful train ride. I've almost never met a train ride I didn't like.

Jeanne @soultravelers3

Thanks Christine! It's really a lovely and special area that most miss.

The village of Villefranche de Conflent is also spectacular and I must post my pics and stories about this area.

We have more stories to tell than time to tell them ;)

Jeanne @soultravelers3

Melissa- I thought about you guys when I posted this since you recently said you loved the Swiss Alps & I wondered if you went here on your journeys.

We loved this area, but will have to compare them to the Swiss Alps this year. ;)

Jeanne @soultravelers3

Thanks Sonya! The yellow train is special and even has cars without a ceiling on them so you can see the scenery better.

libithina

lovely photograph ~ those mountains look breathtaking ~ almost smell that clear air ~ ((hugs )) Lib ~ @libithina

Ann

Gorgeous, Jeanne! When will you be in Switzerland this year? Would be great to meet up. I could tell you abou some amazing Swiss festivals I know Mozart (and you) would really enjoy! Great photo opps for you and your hubby too.

Cheers,

Ann
@thetripchicks

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