School holidays almost over....
As we enter our last week of the UK school holidays, the Pyrenees are already quieter as the French are heading home, preparing for the new school term.
The action hasn't slowed down for us or our guests though as we are still running adrenaline-fuelled multi-activity holidays
as well as an Explorer walking holiday
Last week we had three holidays running at once, including a two-country canyoning holiday
. Our guests enjoyed a range of activities and the weather held for them throughout. Interestingly, last year we had a lot of younger families join us for activity holidays (children between 8 to 12 years) but this year has been older children and adults. We're intrigued to see how next summer pans out!
After the threat of a thunder-storm yesterday, it turned in to the perfect weather for being out and about - sunny but with a cooling breeze. Our guests made it back from their day hike when we got a phone-call: "Paragliding tomorrow afternoon is off. Can your guests come NOW?" They'd barely had time to get their hiking boots off and drink a cup of tea before we were knocking on the door and bundling them up to the take-off spot.
The skies were busy in our valley as paragliders made the most of the excellent conditions. The last 15 days have seen appalling weather for paragliding (the wind was coming from the south, Spain. Great for everything else as it is a nice, warm wind but terrible for flying) so there was a real air of relief and excitement amongst everyone.
This morning our activity families enjoyed the fantastic Heas canyon, before having time for a leisurely lunch at Gedre, while our walkers enjoyed the village to village route from Bareges to Luz.
As the mad rush of high season is over, the locals are all starting to come out to play and enjoy spending time with their families and friends. The Hotel du Tourmalet's restaurant has been a popular place for them to visit, with the chef's reputation gaining momentum.
Next week is our last multi-activity week of the season. There are still places available for those who want a last minute summer holiday before autumn starts to settle in. We're then switching to walking holidays, in both France and Spain, before we go on our holidays.
Already our thoughts are turning to next summer and we've added some new holidays to our Summer 2013 calendar. We're hoping our supported cycling long-weekends will prove popular as well as our guided canyoning long weekends. Our new Cathar Walking
holiday has already had enquiries, despite dates not yet being published, and the Taster-Valleys and Views
has already had its first booking.