Train Juane in the Pyrenees, is a yellow train that snakes its way up the French Pyrenees from Villefranche-de-Conflet and climbs up to the highest train station in France at Bolquere. Its a great day out with kids in France. Further details can be obtained from the website at: Train Juane.
Train Juane, Pyrenees
Villefranche-de-Conflet is a beautiful old fortified town. The pedestrianised grid-like streets are perfrect for wandering about in the summer sun - offering excellent shade. There are one or two excellent restaurants here as well - together with the usual cafe-bars and pizza places. Also just outside the rampart walls you will find a small dinosaur museum in a cave. I am not entirely sure what it is like inside - I have not been inside - but I presume that it must contain some fossilized remains. We have stopped at Villefranche-de-Conflet a couple of times on the route up to skiing at Font Romeu and it has always been a toss up between a quiet-ish beer or trooping around the dinosaur museum with the kids. The beer has always won mainly because the kids have plenty of space to bugger off and play on the castle ramparts and leave us in peace!
The Eastern Pyrenees really is a beautiful part of South France and I would heartily recommend that you take the train to see the views - as opposed to the back of the Caravan in front of your car.