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Bayonne

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  • Day10

    Bayonne

    May 17, 2017 in France

    I checked into the little hotel on arrival in Bayonne and did the usual ritual of having a shower, washing my clothes and setting up an improvised laundry line. I then went out for a little ramble around the city.

    The other Baztán peregrinas arrived a little later and we chatted as though we were old friends. A great start to the next part of the adventure!

  • Day3

    Bayonne

    August 31, 2017 in France

    Short bus trip to be a tourist in this lovely city and also to get my Camino passport stamped.
    Big day. I ate in a restaurant, alone, which was a huge hurdle for me to get over. I had a glass of wine to celebrate. There was some kind of chop on the plate. I took a few bites but that was it. It was too salty and the child at the table beside me was eating an essentially raw hamburger. Meat on a plate, no bun no nothing, just blood and a few chips. I had noticed rather rare meat on other plates as I wandered around.
    Medieval town, Basque culture and flags and language. Quite lovely.
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  • Day3

    Bayonne

    April 28, 2017 in France

    This is the last stop on the TGV, from here we'll take a bus to SJPP. This is our first stop in Basque country and we're looking up pronunciations for simple phrases. Kaixo (hello) is "kay-show".

    We visited the Cathédrale Sainte-Marie de Bayonne where we were lucky enough to join a tour (in French, bien sur) and learn a bit about the Plantagenet dynasty's local impact.

  • Day3

    Ibis Bayonne

    June 21, 2015 in France

    Hoppade av tåget 20.45. Direkt till hotellet Ibis central. Hungriga så det blev varsin entrecote. Stor musikfestival i staden. Massor med trevliga band. Imorgon börjar vandringen på allvar från St Jean Pied de Port.

  • Day1

    Bayonne

    May 17, 2017 in France

    The Baztan Five have all arrived in the lovely city of Bayonne. Four of us left Irun and walked along the coast for about 15 km and then hopped on a bus to go inland to Bayonne.

    The coastal walk was lovely, though sometimes near the road. When we arrived in St. Jean de Luz we had a very delicious lunch and then took the slow bus to Bayonne.

    Bayonne is really a lovely city. See for yourself.

  • Day144

    Bayonne - capital of French Basque

    October 27, 2017 in France

    Located between the Rivers Ardour and Nive, with its half-timbered buildings, riverside restaurants and old ramparts all bursting with history, Bayonne is one of France's prettiest cities.

    A strategic stronghold since medieval times, the city is split into three; St. Esprit to the north, Grand Bayonne, the oldest and prettiest part to the west and Petit Bayonne to the east. Visiting places by motorbike is a great way to travel as there are always lots of free spaces to park right in the centre of town. We left the bike under the 11th century Chateau Vieux (Old castle) and wandered around Grand and Petit Bayonne on foot.

    The narrow, rounded streets of half-timbered buildings were a delightful surprise. Being so close to Spain, we were expecting more of a Spanish influence and yet the city could have been plucked straight out of Alsace or Normandy. By contrast, the arches of the Town Hall, opened in 1842, were reminiscent of the Rue de Rivoli in Paris.

    A visit to the shop of Bayonne ham producer Pierre Ibaialde, gave us an insight into how this famous cured ham is produced. During a free guided tour we learnt the craft of salting, curing, de-boning and tasting too! Interestingly, Bayonne ham was never originally made in Bayonne! It got its name simply because the city was a major trading centre long ago and merchants would buy ham produced in the region from there. King Louis XVI greatly enjoyed the ham and promoted it further. Today, there are tight rules on its production in order to call it Bayonne ham. The next time you eat some in a matter of minutes, think about the 12 months it took to produce.

    Having bought some ham, we then paid a visit to one of the town's premium chocolatiers, Cazenave. It was the Spanish inquisition that led to Jewish chocolate-makers fleeing their Spanish homeland to settle in Bayonne. By 1870 the city boasted more chocolatiers than Switzerland, although now only a dozen remain.

    During a final wander around, we came upon a shop selling local beers and came out with a bottle of dark beer with a hint of the famous Espelette chilli pepper with the unlikely name of Bob's beer!

    We had a great day visiting this beautiful city and came away with lots of goodies to remind us of it too.
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