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Transhumance is the traditional seasonal movement of livestock between pastures. This often involves moving the animals up to the higher pastures in the mountains for the summer and back down to lowland pastures in the valleys for the winter. The animals are accompanied by the bergers (shepherds) and often, nowadays by a good number of onlookers. This traditional activity has become an attraction for both locals and tourists alike. Often a communal meal is enjoyed when the animals arrive at their high summer grazing grounds.

The spirit of this wonderful occasion is captured on the following video taken in the Val d’Azun in the French Pyrénées.


(Published May/June 2013)

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