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Travel Blogs from Orio
Ahh this is the South of France that we had hoped for! A clear blue sky with only the occasional white cloud scudding across . We set out , this time intent on a train journey, to Hendaye, a little town on the French /Spanish border for a day at the beach.
Arriving at the station we purchase our tickets in a hurry noting from the information board that, the train to Hendaye will be a platform two NOW! We dash on glad to have caught it and settle down. As the train moves on, ...
Spanish haciendas that were so popular in Australia in the 70’s (admittedly we
did not travel any further south than Madrid, so maybe they are all there
waiting for us).
We travelled along many minor roads which had two
plusses, we got to see much more of the local villages and we avoided some of
the more ridiculous tolls. Arrived about
lunch time the following day in a seaside resort that looked to all intent as
if someone had come ...
Leaving Pasajes we boarded a small boat to take us across the harbour .70 Euro. Walking out to the sea breakwater we started up some stairs which just wouldn't end. Again we were in for a long ascent. The distance to San Sabastion is about 10 kilometres but the up and down is the killer. Neither Clive, the fellow I met from Vernon, or I were prepared for all the climbing. When we got to San Sabastion we had a small lunch and ...
... reminded me of Noosa when it was first built and had smaller funky restaurants and cafes and was less populated than Biarritz. We really liked the relaxing vibe and planned on coming back for a day.
Finding our apartment in Biarritz was a little difficult and there was no where to park. We ended up parking in an underground public car park and walking all our luggage and groceries up a steep hill to our place. Biarritz is a very hilly surf town but very pretty. There is good ...
... down the other side! One of the places was San Sebastian and it was a bit surreal trekking through these golden beach promenades at 8am in the morning (we'd been up since 6). The other pay off was the views, soaring cliffs and rising gulls, sea vistas to our right all the time. This place is so basque, all the road signs, the people's speech, the houses- this ...