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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, ...
... pulled out the power cord, where a few days before
there had been teeming crowds, noisy interactions, busy food places and
hustlers on every corner now it was overcast, there were rows and rows of
plastic chairs all stacked up, the beach was empty, no buskers and even the few
hustlers seemed half hearted, school had gone back and the party had finished!
We continued to travel along the Spanish coast and spent
another night in the carpark of a marina.
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. ...
... our trip and arrived in San Sebastian, Spain early afternoon and checked into our hotel which is located high on top of Monte Igueldo which also hosts San Sebastian's most popular lookout. The 180 degree views back towards the main town from our balcony are amazing Photos attached.
Unfortunately, the weather being a bit drizzly so the next day we decided to take a drive to Bilbao, ...
... in the afternoon, but no reading material except local newspapers and the occasional tourist guide. I'm sure it will be worth the extra weight when I hit the bunk bed after a long walk.
I put all the gear to the test during my thirteen day walk across northern England (the Coast to Coast trail). Apart from minor changes to the stuff I took, I survived the 370 km without much complaint or shoulder pains.
The main reason for walking the C2C was to ...