Ibis Budget Bayonne
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... Basques Francesca's age don't speak Basque because during Franco's dictatorship it was banned. Now kids can go to school and learn Basque as a first language with Spanish or French as a second (more common in Spain). It is said the the French Basques are French first, Basque second. They've been very assimilated. In Spain, they're Basque first and Spanish second.
One of the most important things to Basques ...
So we ended up in Bayonne before the start of the Camino and it was absolutely beautiful. Of course we didn't know that right away because we arrived at 4:00 in the morning. We ended up sleeping on a bus bench until about 6:00 when the buses started running the next day. When they did another couple our age got on and we sparked up a conversation after seeing their tent. We followed them to a campsite which didn't open until 8:30 and ...
... to try as you wander the inner city streets. mmmmm I love Bayonne - girls you gotta come here.
The 1st mission, the market today, we want to buy local produce now we are in a home. We went with Vincent and its so different going with a local to these markets, he gets fruit and veges from this one, fish from that one, cheese from his mate, oh and you have to stop at his friends for cafe for a espresso to keep you going - breakfast was only about 1 hour ...
... we ordered fromage (cheese) and wanted to send back the liquidy, fruity yoghurt in a glass until a kind waitress gave us a French menu lesson: 'fromage' = cheese and ‘fromage blanc’ = yoghurt!
We took a stroll along the beach road and peeked in through the gates of the unbelievably elegant Hotel Palace, originally built by Princess Eugenie (wife of Napoleon III) as a seaside palace. We could also admire ...
...and it just kept getting better!
We left our castle on the hill and set out for what we thought would be a short jaunt to San Juan de Gaztelugatxe! This is a Christian temple set on an island just of the coast north of Bilbao, in the Basque region. The drive was beautiful and the hike even better, until we reached the bottom of the hill to find that the temple was closed do to construction. We then ventured to Bilbao, and quickly ...