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Nov 25, 2013 - St-Jean-de-Luz and Biarritz

Today we visited the nearby town of St-Jean-de-Luz and then Biarritz. St-Jean-de-Luz sits on the only natural harbour on the coast south of Bordeaux to the border with Spain. Today and in its past it is a major fishing port. The town has many of the half-timbered houses which are cream and either red or green a tradition in this Basque province. The town is also famous for being the site for the marriage of King Louis XIV and Maria Teresa, Infanta of Castile in 1660. The church where they were married has a door through which they left the...

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Dec 8, 2011 - Back to France

Back into France. After spending a couple of wonderful days in Spain, we are heading back to France to explore the west coast. Although Julie hasn't stopped waxing lyrically about Spain since we got here, its time to move on. We have decided to head for Biarritz, just over the border near Bayonne. A relatively short drive, about 60km, we arrived at our hotel just before noon. Hotel Alcyon is a small boutique hotel located a couple of streets back from the beach area. What a delightfully charming hotel it is too. We were greeted by the owner...

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Oct 25, 2011 - Randy Newman must have lived here

Marilyn's Musings After a 4 hour drive from Sarlat, we have arrived in western corner of France bordering on and separated by the Pyrenees Mountains from Spain. Since Paleolithic times, it has been home to a group of fiercely nationalistic folks -- with the nation being the Basque Country and has been the scene of much national conflict since the French Revolution. You history folks (and you art folks since Picasso memorialized it in one of his most famous works) will recall Franco’s collusion with the Germans in the bombing of Guernica in...

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Jul 27, 2009 - Surf's Up

We arrived in Biarritz, on the Atlantic coast of southern France as a result of the well planned ‘van’ hire exercise. Joe and Carol duly dispatched themselves by train at some wee hour of the morning and the fabulous foursome headed off via ‘autoroute’ (with their frustrating tolls every several kilometres) quickly being engulfed by heavy rain as the just-as-heavy traffic made driving a very concentrated affair. We quit the autoroute before lunch to meander though back roads and small villages everywhere surrounded by fields of sunflowers...

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Oct 24, 2008 - Road Trip #2 - Biarritz

We headed out for our second road trip on a beautiful Sunday morning arund 10:00 AM. We had dropped Kim (Eric's dog) off at his friends house, Joan, the night before so we were ready to go. At noon and 85km's later we stopped for a cafe au lait at a cute little moat village called Fources. We had been taking all the back roads and seeing a lot of countryside. It had really changed from around Eric's house. We had gone from rolling hills to a more flatter area. The weather was so wonderful that we sat outside and had our cafe and just...

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Sep 22, 2008 - Lourdes, Barritz to Bordeaux

After a night in Lourdes, we made our way to Bordeaux via Biaritz, a seaside surfing resort, for a lunch stop. We dipped our toes into the Altantic Ocean, after toasted ham and cheese sandwiches for lunch. We couldn't have a proper swim as we had just eaten ... well that's our story and we are sticking to it!! We then continued to Bordeaux (no wine tasting unfortunately) for an overnight stop. The unusual aspect about Bordeaux is that it is a port city but is 60kms from the coast.

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Jul 24, 2008 - Biarritz

hellloo i decided to leave expensive; busy paris and find a beach somewhere and relax until my accommodation in avignon becomes free so here i am in biarritz where napolean III holidayed with eugenie apparently. the weather was amazing when i got here yesterday and was something like 30 degrees at 6pm and all the people in the hostel were either brown or sunburned like mad. but then today was quite cloudy but i went into the town here and saw a church of eugenie which had shells in some of the columns instead of corinthian trees. then me a...

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Adventures with Kat

May 26, 2008 - Biarritz and Basque Country

Paige and I unwisely decided to rent a car for our last couple of days in San Sebastian, thinking it would be nice to check out more of Basque Country, including France. So we picked up the rental, and we even paid an extra fee for a GPS (we fell in love with the one Laura loaned us in the Algarve), but this one (Jane, as we like to call her), was a little slow and so we definitely had some moments. However, the land we explored was so incredibly beautiful, I especially loved the parts of France we visited, such lovely beaches and kind...

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May 3, 2008 - France - Biarritz

This town is like Tofino on Vancouver Island. The beach is nice, the people are Basque and damn proud of it, which is like a Metis in Canada. They are neither residents of France or Spain, they are Basque. They love rugby, football and a sport that looks similar to lacrosse, I got to find out what this is. People wear berets, and the rugby players are treated like gods here, most people surf and its a great town. Every business has a Biarritz flag or sign up, and (not kidding) yesterday as we were hanging out on the beach a siren went and a...

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Jun 7, 2007 - Biarritz

Monday 4 June John had purchased first class tickets for this journey so we had a very nice comfortable 4 hours, no kids and plenty of room, arriving in Biarritz mid afternoon. So once again we're at a beachside resort town except this time it's raining. Now Biarritz is a lovely but little town so when it rains there is stuff all to do and the guy at the hotel tells us it's going to be like that for a few days. So we headed out with our brollies and ended up at one of the few wet weather attractions, the aquarium. Managed to be there in...

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Mar 9, 2007 - Biarritz to Salamanca

Crossed the mountains and headed into Spain. We had a leisurly morning hike around Biarritz before setting off for Salamanca. A little side trip into San Sebastian turned into a traffic nightmare,but we managed to work it out without incident. Driving through Spain was easy going at a steady 130km per and we made it into the classic univercity town of Salamanca by supper time. After finding a great hotel built around an ancient Roman Ruin,we hit the town for a bite to eat. The streets were buzzing with activity. Cafes and bars spilled...

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Mar 8, 2007 - Crossing the Channel to St Malo

The trip across the English/French Channel was fine for me and the kids,but Cat was a little,how do I say ..moved? We arrived in France and departed into the Port town of St Malo around 7:15am and began heading south. As we need to be in Portugal by Saturday we decided to push it to the southern beach town of Biarritz. Managed to find a decent room for the night. Tommorow we will cross the Pyrennese and into Spain. Our little Peugot Diesel is humming along nicely.

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