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Le Village de Sare – Learn French In Context

By Myriam on April 15, 2013
french story translated in english SARE

Practice your French with this story in French translated into English, written in intermediate French, and discover the village of Sare in the Pays Basque region of France.

1 – Sare Village and La Rhune

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Sare est une des destinations habituelles pour les excursions d’aprĂšs-midi en hiver.

En revanche, dĂšs l’apparition des beaux jours, j’associe la visite du village Ă  l’escalade de la Rhune, montagne le surplombant et culminant Ă  905m.

Pour monter à La Rhune, il y a le choix entre son célÚbre petit train, et la randonnée.
Ainsi nous passons une journée de découverte à la fois culturelle, panoramique, gastronomique et lorsque mes étudiants en immersion de français le souhaitent, assez sportive.

Sare is one of the usual destinations for excursions in the afternoon in winter. In contrast, as soon as the weather is fine, I combine the visit of the village with escalating the Rhune mountain, overlooking the village and culminating at 905m. To climb the Rhune, there is a choice between his famous train, and… hiking. So we spend a day exploring , with cultural, scenic, gastronomic and when my French immersion students want, sporty enough activities.

2 – A Typical Basque French Village

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french story translated in english SARE

Sare est classĂ© parmi « les plus beaux villages de France », label assurant le visiteur d’un riche patrimoine architectural, dans la tradition de la rĂ©gion et d’une certaine authenticitĂ© dans l’accueil.

Sare is ranked among the “most beautiful villages in France”, label providing the visitor with a rich architectural heritage, in the tradition of the region and a certain authenticity .

Le paysage autour de Sare avec ses montagnes escarpĂ©es et ses pĂąturages verdoyants permet une arrivĂ©e trĂšs agrĂ©able sur la place du village. Les terrasses ombragĂ©es par les platanes et le trĂšs beau fronton en pierre locale rappellent que la devise du village est «ici on a le temps» …

The landscape around Sare with its rugged mountains and green pastures prelude of a nice finish on the village square. Terraces shaded by plane trees and the beautiful local stone “fronton” remind us of the village motto “here we have the time” …

3 – Sare Church

french story translated in english SARE

L’Ă©glise de Sare est magnifique, dans la plus pure tradition des Ă©glises basques, avec ses galeries de chĂȘne sculptĂ© et ses balustres tournĂ©es, son retable dorĂ© et sa voĂ»te peinte et dĂ©corĂ©e.

The church is beautiful, in the purest tradition of Basque churches, with its carved oak galleries and balusters tours, golden altarpiece and its vault painted and decorated.

4 – Climbing up to “La Rhune”

Comme je vous l’ai dit au dĂ©but de cet article, l’escalade de la Rhune peut se faire de 2 façons :

Le petit train a Ă©tĂ© inaugurĂ© en 1924. Il est toujours fabriquĂ© en bois de pin ou sapin. Il grimpe courageusement de fortes pentes grĂące Ă  une crĂ©maillĂšre. Les touristes en raffolent et il faut beaucoup de tĂ©nacitĂ© pour affronter la longue file d’attente inĂ©vitable, quelque soit l’heure ou le jour en saison.

As I told you at the beginning of this article, the hike of the Rhune can be done two ways :

The train was inaugurated in 1924. It is still made of pine or fir. He climbs bravely steep slopes with a rack. Tourists love it and it takes a lot of tenacity to face the long inevitable line, whatever the time or day, or season.

Another alternative is to walk uphill, it takes 2h30 to 3h get to the top … quiet but sporty and steep slopes are crowded with many rocks. Indeed, the mountain provides beautiful pink or gray stone bearing his name, used by many traditional buildings.

Une autre alternative est la montĂ©e Ă  pied, il faut compter 2h30 Ă  3h de montĂ©e tranquille mais sportive…les pentes sont raides et encombrĂ©es de nombreuses roches. En effet, la Rhune fournit la rĂ©gion en belle pierre rose ou grise portant son nom , utilisĂ©e par beaucoup de constructions traditionnelles .

french story translated in english SARE

La vue tout au long du parcours est spectaculaire et inoubliable si on a la chance de faire cette ascension un jour de grand beau temps clair. On voit alors la mer, la campagne, les montagnes proches et plus lointaines. Un rĂ©gal des yeux qui vous ravira , j’en suis sĂ»re…

View throughout the hike is spectacular and memorable if you have the chance to climb when it’s clear and sunny. We then see the sea, the countryside, the mountains near and far. A feast for the eyes that will enchant you, I ‘m sure …

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