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Travel Blogs from St-Jean-de-Luz
... to Geoff that I thought Hendaye was in the opposite direction. Agreeing, we wait for the train to loop back or shunt out and then head towards its, in our minds, proper destination.
It was not to be and an announcement over the speaker system confirms our fears that this was the train to Paris!! Thankfully it stopped at Biarritz, where we got off waited and caught the train to Hendaye which we would and should have caught at St Jean which was running forty five minutes late. ...
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 ...
On our way to Biarritz we stopped for a night in Bordeaux to break the trip up. There was no time for more wine tasting but we managed to explore the little city which was very pretty. The wine regions around Bordeaux seem smaller and more privately owned with not as much history as Burgundy so I was glad we chose Burgundy instead. Driving into Biarritz we passed through the small surf town of Hossegor so Tom could check the surf. There was a small wave but it was quite windy and chilly. ...
... I walked out one midsummer morning' and the fact that he too was beginning a walk which would take him across Spain made the comparison seem particularly apt.
After a couple of hours walking we came to a small town in a river valley,Ventas and we decided to stop for a coffee.We'd already covered 8k and knew that it would be another hour or two before we reached Valcarlos and the border between France and Spain. A signpost bearing the yellow scallop ...
... of languages of walkers who I passed (OK...I admit about 5 people passed me!). The good thing is that everyone just pronounces "Buen Camino" in their own unique version. This avoids clashes in language, and I can usually detect the most common nationalities (French, Spanish, Australian / New Zealand, Scandinavian, Italian or German).
I did walk with a couple of people some minutes, but found sticking to other speeds tricky. The most interesting was an Italian old ...