ere, its setting combines with the reminders of a glorious past which is still present and still alive. Fortunate in the fact that it has lived a happy past, Pau undoubtedly has its own lucky star ! The small fortified post was built rn the 12th century, and was transformed into a powerful citadel at the initial of Gaston Phoebus. Here Jeanne d’Abret gave birth to the future Henri IV Under his reign the Calvinist cult was established. In 1620 the sovereign kingdom was reunited by Louis XIII. From its palm trees at the foot of the snow-covered Pyrennes to its sumptuous gardens with their magnificent fragrances, Pau is spoilt by nature? Its surprisingly mild climate makes it one of France’s most flower-decked towns. Indulge in the pleasure of strolling through the town’s pedestrian streets to discover, enjoy the culinary richness of a land full of character; and relax an the town’s sun-blessed terraces which are gently caressed by the Spanish breeze. Here in Pau such pastime are considered a way of lif – the art of living. With its dance, music, theatre, street festivals and shows, Pau is a town which does its best to cater to everyone’s tastes. Here, enjoying oneself is a tradition, and it is the custom to get together with friends, long-time neighbours or just people passing through.