Sunday, April 25, 2010

I don't feel completely modern.

You want to go to here. (if your cued up on you're television pop culture, you'll get the reference.) Biarritz, France.

Selling points:
-Do you like history?
-Are you fond of France?
-Take pleasure in the country of Spain?
-Get a kick out of surfing?
-Adore sleepy beach towns?
-Like not doing anything but enjoy yourself?
-Delight in filling your gullet with marvelous food, specifically of the aquatic nature?
-Have a ball in Europe in general?

What to do?
Hit the Beach. A day of watching beautiful people strutting and sunning along the Grande Plage, Biarritz’s main city beach, is a must, but for the best surfing action, hit the wilder Côte des Basques beach.

Tapas Time. Dine on Spanish tapas and oysters at the lively Bar Jean, across from the market halls and a Biarritz institution since the 1930s.

Seafood with a View. Hit the Vieux Port (old port) to see fishermen haul in their catch. Feast on fresh mussels at one of the cute cafes facing the sea.

Road Trip. The nearby Basque towns of Bayonne and St. Jean de Luz are perfect day trip destinations, and the culture and foodie bastion of San Sebastian is within easy striking distance too.

Historical facts:
Long before Biarritz became a popular surfing spot for Europeans in search of endless summer, Napoleon III (nephew to the original Bonaparte) gifted Empress Eugenia with this palatial resort on the town’s rugged coastline. What was once the royal couple’s summertime love nest now draws an international set of pleasure seekers for a quintessential and sophisticated European beach holiday in the southwest of France, just north of the Spanish border.
Built in 1855, the Hôtel du Palais was the Versailles of the coast. (swanky hotel that i want to spend just one night in, then some shanty hotel the rest. I like shady Establishments. why spend that kinda money? you just sleep there.)
click on the pictures, apparently they are to big. I could fix this, but ill pass.


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