Monday, August 31, 2015

Cabanes des pyrénées

The French word Cabane is hard to translate directly. The English 'cabin' is related; 'shack' can be appropriate, but not necessarily; a 'crib' could be, but in the sense of the Cabanes des pyrénées, we're talking a hut or shelter build of stone, often without or with little cement to house the shepherd(s) in the high mountains.
Generally, these structures are very primitive; running water provided by a stream or spring, light by candles or oil lamp and warmth by a wood fire.
For many centuries these cabanes have sheltered beret-ed shepherds and mountaineers from the extreme weather in the high Pyrenees. 

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