Autor: Ramón Dies Fecha: 27 de April de 2021 Adventure

L’Escolan, refuge of the crossing “Huellas de Fuego y Niebla”

Hello everybody!

This Easter we have visited some of the places in the Ariège where our journey “Tracks of Fire and Fog” runs. The beech forests on the north side, where a bear wanders from time to time, are also beautiful now, still stripped of their leaves, which lie on the ground, completely covering it with a very spongy coppery carpet. Everywhere the water overflows from the earth, fountains, springs, rivers and ravines let the water run.

The meadows of the valleys have a revitalizing green, and the birds are already beginning to sing. Meanwhile, on the peaks, the snow still interrupts the steps on the hills, which will open shortly.

We have greeted the guards of the Gite l’Escolan. L ‘Escolan was the old village school, built in 1906, now completely renovated and converted into a great warm and comfortable accommodation. Located in a small village in the town of Ustou, in Bidous, in a natural and wild area where you will find yourself in a true haven of peace.

riu Alet davant el refugi

Jean-Charles and Pauline  are a welcoming couple, who run a beautiful house on the outskirts of town, next to the river. A place surrounded by a beautiful landscape, with a large outdoor garden where you can relax and enjoy the good weather, and a cozy living room with its fireplace to do the same if the weather is not good.

jardi l'escolan

We loved the food, the local cheese, which Jean brought to the table, is very good. The one I liked the most was the curing (spectacular, I almost cried), and the house wine … The desserts Pauline prepares are delicious, too!

It has double rooms and rooms for groups, with heating, all with their own bathroom and shower. With sheets and duvets.

For those who cannot unhook from technology, there is free Wi-Fi.

This Gite has 22 beds, and we have chosen it as the refuge to spend the night during the route. I hope you enjoy it as much as us!


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