Published: September 23rd 2012September 21st 2012
St Jean de Luz
Last stop in France before heading into Spain
I'll list this as being in Spain, as that's where most of the driving was.
Our drive from the French city of Bordeaux to Europe's oldest city was about 1340km. We took about two and a half days. It could have been much quicker, but we decided to set our trusty TomTom to avoid all toll roads. Previous experience has been that if you have the time, this slower option takes you through much more interesting countryside, towns and villages than the super-highways that skirt everything interesting for the sake of expediency (a bit like life???)
We stopped for a picnic lunch on the beachside in the (French) Basque town of St Jean de Luz. Then it was in to Spain - unknown language and little known food etc (to us). We were quickly into the ruggedly beautiful northern Pyrenees, remembering our last trip through here in the winter of about 1982 - by train, with the full Monty of armed soldiers escorting us through Basque separatist occupied territory, frequent stops to search the train or because of heavy snowdrifts. This time it was all much more peaceful - and hot!
As we crossed Spain from its far
In the foothills of the northern Pyrenees
north to its 'deep south', we crossed many different landscapes, and stayed in a couple of very interesting and unique hotels. If anyone wants to find where Manuel has gone to seek asylum since the days of Fawlty Towers, I can take you straight to him (affable, enthusiastic and as disarming as ever!).
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