Le Grand Monarque
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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, ...
Leaving Madrid to head toward the north coast of Spain we
thought we had encountered the worst of the hills, but no, the van was
confronted again and again with further climbs all of which caused it to
struggle and meant that we were often pulling into the side to let those cars
behind us pass. The scenery was much the
same as the trip into Madrid, very harsh and although I looked everywhere not
once did I see a house that even vaguely resembled ...
... Surrounded by wooded hills, it is a former monastery. Our accommodation was excellent, an apartment no less. Unpacked bikes, affixed pedals, panniers - are we really going to carry that much?? Already we have had numerous conversations with others and everyone talks about shedding "stuff". We have had our first practice ride, three Km to the next village which has a supermarket. It is early autumn, still warm, not even cold at night yet. Tomorrow we practise with panniers ...
... shopping and little bars. When we were settled in it felt good to cook our own food and stay in one place for a while and have a break from 'travelling.' Luckily we were right near the ocean and in the middle of Biarritz and every day we went for a walk along the rocky cliffs and around town to see what else we could discover. There was sadly no surf for Tom so we had to find other ways to keep entertained. In France baguettes and crepes are eaten very regularly. Our favourite crepes ...
We woke up at 6, packed our backpacks, and headed downstairs for breakfast. Typical for a European breakfast, we had sliced French bread with strawberry and apricot jam. We filled up our water and headed outside. Colder than expected, we all had on as many layers as we brought with us. Taking the first steps out of town, I couldn't believe we were starting The Camino- on Pentecost! We all thought it was pretty ...
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- Free High-Speed Internet
- Wheelchair accessibility
- Free parking