Totally Frenched Out

From the blogger formerly known as Samdebretagne

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Ritzy Biarritz

A couple of weeks ago, C and I spent the afternoon in Biarritz. A huge storm rolled in just as we got there, which led to some incredible wind and waves:

But the storm moved on just as quickly as it came and soon the sun was back out in full force. The beaches quickly filled with suntanners and surfers. I found this lady's head rest pretty funny:
Another really interesting thing was the dual-language signs. I'm used to seeing them in Bretagne, but it's not very often that I see them in other regions:We sat on the beach for quite a while, and then spent some time looking at all the pretty shop windows:And then on the way back to the car, we just happened to come across some a practice session for the military planes that do the July 14th fly-over. It was really cool - we sat there for at least 30 minutes and watched them zoom back and forth, alternating between different flying formations and the colored flight patterns seen here:They also had a sense of humor - every once in a while, you'd see them doing something like this:I've been to Biarritz several times before and I have to say that it's a great little town, especially in the off-season. There are also some great deals to be had during the non-touristy times. We saw studio apartments a block from the beach for rent for 250€ for the week - something to keep in mind if you're ever looking for a beach vacation!



Blogger Crystal said...

lovely pics...I really liked Biarritz and the whole Basque region. I haven't been back in a few years, but your photos made me eager to go more sooner than later!

October 30, 2010 at 11:03 AM  
Blogger Leesa said...

Great pics, Sam! It's DEFINITELY one of my fav. towns in France.. Remind me a lot of La Jolla and some other beach towns in So. Ca. Glad you had a nice time... I'll have to get back there again soon!!

October 30, 2010 at 1:34 PM  
Blogger DiaryofWhy said...

I love Biarritz. Sigh! Lovely pics.

October 30, 2010 at 4:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have yet to make it down to Biarritz, but thanks for the tip on the apartnments! Sounds like a great getaway. Thanks for stopping by my blog!

October 31, 2010 at 12:49 PM  
Blogger Danièle said...

Spent many summers there. I hope you went and visited Le musée de la Mer, and amazing building, like so many other art deco building in Biarritz. There is nothing like having a hot chocolate and pastries under the shelter of the Grande Plage promenade, whilst the thunder is rolling on the ocean.

October 31, 2010 at 2:48 PM  

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