Bernaise style chalet and unconverted barn, Pau, Midi-Pyrenees, France
Departments: Ariège, Aveyron, Garonne - Haute, Gers, Lot, Pyrénées-Haute, Tarn and Tarn-et-Garonne
Located in the south west of France, the Midi Pyrénées region has the snow capped Pyrenees mountains and Spain and Andorra to the south, Aquitaine to the west and Languedoc Roussillon to the east. Rural and sparsely populated, the region is known for its produce such as foie gras and Cahors wine. The region's capital is Toulouse, a vibrant, modern city famous for its technology and aerospace industries. The climate in general is pleasant. The towns high in the Pyrénées experience colder, wetter weather than those in the plains below. Temperatures can reach 40 degrees centigrade in the summer, but are often tempered by a cooling breeze.