guides in the Pyrénées, however, are hardly more than horse-hirers
and organizers of parties on horseback, and not only refuse to go
on foot but insist also on tourists paying for their horses. The
usual fee for a day of 8 hrs. is 6-8 fr., but on longer or more diffleult
expéditions 10 fr. and upwards are charged. At some of the prin¬
cipal centres there are guide-societies, with fixed régulations and
tariffs. Though the usual charges for the various expéditions are in-
dicated in the Handbook, the tourist will find it advisable to as-
certain personally the charges beforehand.
Horses and Mules. Riding is more usual and less expensive
in the Pyrénées than in the Alps. The excellent little horses of the
Pyrénées may be hired for 6-10 fr. per day. On the whole, unless
the ascent be very long, it is less fatiguing to ascend on foot than
on horseback ; while a descent on horseback is almost invariably
uncomfortable and fatiguing, and cannot be recommended even to
those who are subject to dizziness.
IX. Post and Telegraph Offices.
Post Office. Letters (whether 'poste restante' or to the traveller's
hôtel) should be addressed very distinctly, and the name of the
department should be added after that of the town. The offices are
usually open from 7 a. m. in summer, and 8 a.m. in winter, to 9p.m.
Poste Restante letters may be addressed to any of the provincial
offices. In applying for letters, the written or printed name, and in
the case of registered letters, the passport of the addressee should
always be presented. It is , however, préférable to désire letters to
be addressed to the hôtel or boarding-house where the visitor intends
residing. Letter-boxes (Boîtes aux Lettres) are also to be found at
the railway - stations and at many public buildings, and stamps
(timbres-poste) may be purchased in ail tobacconists' shops. An
extract from the postal tariff is given below ; more extensive détails
will be found in the Almanach des Postes et Télégraphes.
Ordinary Letters within France, including Corsica, Algeria, and Tunis,
15 c. per 15 grammes prepaid; for countries of the Postal Union 25 c. (The
silver franc and the bronze sou each weigh 5 grammes; 15 grammes, or
three of thèse coins, are equal to 1/2 oz. English.) — Registered Letters
(lettres recommandées) 25 c. extra.
Post Cards 10 c. each, with card for reply attached, 20 c.
Post Office Orders (mandats de poste) are issued for most countries in
the Postal Union at a charge of 25 c. for every 25 fr. or fraction of 25 fr.,
the maximum sum for which an order is obtainable being 500 fr. ; for
Great Britain, 20 c. per 10 fr., maximum 252 fr.
Printed Papers (imprimés sous bande): 1 e. per 5 grammes up to the
weight of 20 gr. ; 5 c. between 20 and 50 gr. ; above 50 gr. 5 c. for each
50 gr. or fraction of 50 gr. ; to foreign countries 5 c. per 50 gr. The
wrapper must be easily removable, and must not cover more than one-
third of the packet.
Parcels not exeeeding 7 lbs. in weight may be forwarded by post at a
moderate rate within France and to some of the other countries of the
Postal Union. To England, parcels not exeeeding 3 lbs. (1300 grammes)
1 fr. 60 c; from 3 to 61/2 lbs., 2 fr. 10 c. Thèse parcels should ],c handed