Whether it was James Coburn, improbably playing an Aussie POW, Sedgwick, in The Great Escape, the Catalans fleeing Franco, or the Jewish WWII refugees from France, on this International Mountains Day we toast those who would climb every Pyrenees mountain.
Sedgwick’s cycle was, in truth, a little more leisurely than that of those who scale the Col du Tourmalet these days.
The Col du Tourmalet is the highest road pass in the Hautes-Pyrénées standing 2,115m high.
And coach drivers for Travel groups know their biggest challenge is trying to avoid those coming back down around the windy roads.
Some have been known to blag it and ask riders for their bikes for obligatory pics at the peak!
These days, there is little to no jeopardy in climbing the Pyrenees and particularly when you have a favourite holiday provider to help you.
Step up our pals at Travel Department.
Step across the border
You’ll see the Spanish and French sides of The Pyrenees on this seven-night guided train holiday.
Each of the journeys we’re told will offer a different experience of The Pyrenees.
And you’ll stand out all right in the bright Little Yellow Train.
Travel from the historical town of Villefranche to Mont Louis.
On the Núria Valley Rack Railway, you will climb 1000m and be rewarded with stunning views of the mountains.
Take it as red
On the Red Train of the Pyrenees, you’ll pass through vineyards and castles on a 100-year-old railway line.
And you’ll enjoy a day trip to Figueres, the birthplace of the surrealist artist Salvador Dali and home to the Dali Museum.
Now if you’ve got the type of imagination that Dali had.
Then perhaps you can picture your diarist from his youthful days, sans beard and looking a little like the famous Spaniard.
Which, of course, didn’t go unnoticed by pals at the time.
In addition to sightseeing through this historic region, this holiday also includes plenty of leisure time.
So you’ll be able to relax in the stunning seaside town of Roses on the Costa Brava.
Deal us in
Priced from €999pp the TD deal includes flights, transfers, seven-night accommodation on a B&B basis and expert guides.
Departures from 20th April with a selection of dates up to 3rd October 2022.
Right, we’re off to climb every Pyrenees mountain.