The Basque Coast, St Jean de Luz and a bit of The Pyrenees

Eighteen and a half kilometres south of Biarritz is the Extremely charming town of St Jean de Luz. The place has a season when the rich and famous come to town, especially the posh Spanish. Beautiful homes and cool apartments ring the bay.

  • The place has a Pirate History
  • The Grand Hotel is a place to stay
  • The Pyrenees are just waiting to be explored

The place has a Pirate History namely the Corsairs, pirates, but with license from the Crown to plunder any ship at war with France. At the time, it was just about everyone so the very busy trade route from the Cape to Northern Europe was full of plunderable ships! I feel that is why the Basque rally drivers drink coffee and Cognac for breakfast, they are Corsairs.

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Another momentous occasion in St. Jean was that Louis XIV was married in the church to his Spanish Princess. Why it was in St Jean is that it was thought to be equidistant from Paris to Madrid.

The terrace is a special place especially when it is all mine. The place restored my faith in French cooking, grilled lamb of which the gods were a part.

For me The Grand Hotel is a place to stay, I loved staying here. Its views, the ambiance the fact you are staying in a posh hotel, and it is “yes sir”, but we are being well taken care of in a soothing way. The terrace is a special place especially when it is all mine. The place restored my faith in French cooking, grilled lamb of which the gods were a part. Oh by the way it has a Spa, a Thalasso. In the Summer it has a private beach, it is not Plagist, but it is where one should be.

If you like to gamble, there is a casino, it takes a lot more than it gives. If you are foreign bring passports. They will not let you in on a State Driving License.

The Pyrenees are just waiting to be explored. The buildings are all the same colour, the shutters the compulsory Reddy brown, the trees correctly pruned. This mountain range goes as high as ten thousand feet. Ski resorts and mountain activities abound. The goat and sheep cheese is amazing and the fact that the people here speak Basque, French and Spanish, is because we are in the Basque country where the border doesn’t really exist.

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