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Tv-documentary, now annotated

I have watched the documentary “Mon Pays, c’est la frontière” by Anne Fontaneau and Alexandre Gary (see previous post) several times with a lot of pleasure. It’s easy to download it using the Captvty-program.

There are 6 storylines nicely intertwined and some of them result in some sort of climax or anticlimax. These stories are:
documentary-pyrenees-2015-laborie-and-bacchus– Jean-Paul Laborie and Michel Bacchus finding bm379 and not finding bm364, Jean-Paul also engaged in repairing a unnumbered bordermarker on the new Pont du Roi near bm410. See also this post.
– A team of customs-officers chasing liquor and tobacco-smugglers coming from Andorra (a lot of manpower for small catches, I would say)
– a man fascinated by the derelict railway Pau – Canfranc (apparently it will be revived)
– a french haircutter running a hairdresser’s business in Llivia (Spanish females like colorful hair-dyes)
– about life in the “Pays Quint” with the venta above bm137 in the spotlights and a woman who has moved to this peculiar ‘binational’ territory (I think I, recognized her house)
– and a French woman delivering her baby in the first cross-border hospital of Europe: the ‘Hôpital de Cerdagne’ in Puigcerda (but with a very large majority of Spanish workers).

As you might expect, I watched with special interest the efforts of Jean-Paul Laborie and Michel Bacchus. Jean-Paul – a retired geography-professor – is an official delegate of the Pyrenean bordercommittee and Michel used to work for the IGN (French geographical institute). But I didn’t know they are “partners in crime”. That they couldn’t find bm364 didn’t surprise me, it has been searched in vain by many others.

A shortcut from bm137 to bm139

On our last Pyrenees-trip, Jan-Willem and I explored the terrain between bm137 and 139. On this steep hill, a more or less direct descent via bm138 seems quite difficult. But a detour (especially between 138 & 139 as I did in 2009) requires extra kilometers on tarmac.
We found out that the descent from 137 to 138 is quite steep and rough although wayfinding is no problem and part of it is a trail. The route between 138 and 139 is more gentle and pleasant.
It’s all shown on this map (from the Sitna-site): click on it to enlarge.