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1 Avenue Edouard VII, 64200 Biarritz, France
The beauty of the Biarritz coast is almost beyond comprehension. In my mind, there are few places where the ocean meets a sizable town in such an eye-pleasing fashion.
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64200 Biarritz, France
Les Halles, the central market was recently renovated but luckily most, if not all, of the vendors still remain for the loyal clients who shop here daily. My favorite stalls are vegetables from Chez Veronique and fresh Italian fare from La maison...
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15 Allée Port des Pêcheurs, 64200 Biarritz, France
Most of our visits to Biarritz are during the winter holidays when many establishments are closed for the season. This year, we decided to visit while the weather was warm. One of my favorite strolls has always been through the marina. To my...
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Plage du Port Vieux, 64200, France
My favorite "pool" in Biarritz is at Plage du Port Vieux. This horseshoe-shaped beach was originally the port before housing baths established by Napoleon III in 1858. The calm, tranquil waters make this an ideal place for a swim without...
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Santa Korda Kalea, 4, 20003 Donostia, Gipuzkoa, Spain
At La Cuchara de San Telmo, on the corner of the plaza Valle Lersundi in San Sebastian, the specialties were hot pintxos, quickly prepared to order--from the menu or the specials board, or by pointing to what your neighbor was eating. This was one...
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Urgull, 20003 San Sebastián, Gipuzkoa, Spain
August, 2010. 9:30pm I was taken with how the setting sun shocked a small cluster of buildings as the mountains behind brushed up against a cloudy roof. Looking across the bay where we tried to locate the spot where we had been sunbathing until...
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Okendo Kalea, 1, 20004 Donostia, Gipuzkoa, Spain
San Sebastián, or Donostia in the Basque language, is a Belle Époque resort town built around the Bay of La Concha. Stroll the cobblestone Old Town streets in search of cozy shops, the city’s oldest church (San Vicente) and celebrated restaurants...
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Gran Vía Kalea, Donostia, Gipuzkoa, Spain
Incredible gastronomic experience that stretched over my weekend in San Sebastian. Great food and even better company. Pool your euros together and weave through the pintxo bars with a few hungry friends.
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San Sebastián, Gipuzkoa, Spain
I can recall countless evenings of walking down the pier in San Sebastian, and being caught--each night without fail--by an overwhelming sense of happiness when the sun would begin to set. Summer sunsets are captivating on their own, but there is...
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15 Boulevard de Strasbourg, 31000 Toulouse, France
There is no menu at Toulouse's most well known restaurant. The server simply asks you how you would like your steak cooked and what type of drink you would like with your meal. After a green salad, the main attraction is presented to you: thinly...
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Canal du Midi, France
We had long heard of the idyll and relaxation of cruising on a self-piloted, private canal boat in southern France. The voices said: No worries about navigation, you can't get lost! Visit small French villages and see the lavender covered...
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Toulouse, France
Victor Hugo food market is the biggest one in Toulouse. You better wake up early and show up there not later than 9AM before the best stuff gets sold out. The best part is purchasing several things for your breakfast right at the spot and eating...
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41250 Chambord, France
...early summer light filtering through a window in the 16th-century Chateau de Chambord. This Renaissance palace began as a hunting lodge for François I. Leonardo da Vinci may have played a role in designing part of it. Today, it's the largest...
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41150 Chaumont-sur-Loire, France
Not only is this a beautiful château but is has an incredible view of Loire Valley. Besides the chateau which often houses an art exhibit on its top floor, there are multiple gardens on the grounds that are gorgeous. There is a garden festival...
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81000 Albi, France
On having one Eurail pass and one day to spare between the big X's marked Paris and Barcelona, I craved the soothing ad-lib of a tiny, not-so-known area in the South of France. Bordeaux, Marseille… all remarkable cities I'm sure, however my...
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Calle Sta. Teresa, 8, 28004 Madrid, Spain
Breakfasts in Madrid are taken quickly: a cup of coffee and a plate of churros before one dashes off: it is if everyone is late for that all important meeting. But when Madrileños seek a more relaxed start to the day, they head to Olivia Te Cuida,...