FRANCE: Biarritz – Seaside Splendor

Posted by on May 6, 2015 in Uncategorized | 6 Comments

Biarritz is a welcome introduction to French seaside resort living. Scenic coastal walks, a beautiful beach, and a regal hotel on a hill. This elegant city by the sea is truly sublime.

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Just a minute from my hotel I sidled up to the beach and had my first of many delicious meals in Biarritz. Le Galien on the left served up a tasty seafood couscous with a sumptuous ocean view. Paris, Bordeaux, and Biarritz what a knockout trifecta of French charm.

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COASTAL WALK – Just Breathtaking

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Fishing Port

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CHEZ ALBERT – Classic Seafood Restaurant In The Fishing Port

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Filet Of Sole Meuniere – My Dad Introduced Me To This Famous Dish In Paris 1965

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URINOIRS – Even The Urinals In Biarritz Have A Certain Je Ne Sais Quois

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VIRGIN ON THE ROCKS

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Look Out Mary!!! A Sky Rat May Drop His Payload.

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                              FOLLOWING THE SUNSET

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SOME FOUR-STAR PAMPERING

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My Dream Hotel – Hotel Du Palais – Not in the budget

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Originally A Palace Built For Napoleon III

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The Galeries Lafayette Also Has A Location In Biarritz

The emaciated young woman draped in the French flag and sporting an amazingly well-abstracted French beret has been the figurehead of the Galeries Lafayette for over ten years. It’s very unusual to have the same model with the same picture in an ad campaign for so much time, but I’ve kind of gotten used to her. And I’ll never get tired of that beret.

There is also quite a lot of good shopping in Biarritz, something I don’t have the luxury of indulging in since I’m carrying all of my belongings on my back. I did, however, make an exception in Biarritz, and went on a bit of a shopping spree. I purchased a nice white Egyptian cotton shirt, followed by a couple of leather luggage tags, and finished up with the beret I am pictured wearing below. Not quite as radical as the bulimic lady’s above, but it does the trick nonetheless. Hopefully, she’s gotten something to eat in the meantime.

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Digging My New Hat, Baby!

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My Favorite Tearoom And Pastry Shop With An Ocean View

You can see the large picture window in the back.

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BEWARE OF UNPLEASANT CORPULENT WAITRESS BEHIND THE COUNTER

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ELYSEES PARFUMS

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LES COLONNES

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The Shows Over – That’s All Folks – Off To San Sebastian

I’m really falling into a nice groove, planning things on the fly, and just going with the flow. Looking forward to experiencing the cities, people, and food while not getting too bogged down in attractions and endless museums. After all, Europe truly is an open-air museum. Things are taking shape now, and I look forward to putting my newfound mellow vagabonding to the test. Every day brings a new adventure, new flavors, and new people. So much beauty out there to experience in contrast to all the ugliness that goes on in the world.

6 Comments

  1. Jason B.
    May 8, 2015

    The travelzealot does not disappoint. I could totally see you retiring in France….in a place with a really nice quest room. ; )

  2. The Travel Zealot
    May 9, 2015

    Ha Ha, You said it Jason. I am so close to packing it in, and moving to Bordeaux or the Loire Valley. Visitors will be welcome, but I will try and remain steadfast in my dedication to long term world travel. Time will tell. Thanks for your attention to the site. It’s nice to have people commenting, and letting me know these words are not just lost in cyberspace. I’m on a roll since I got to Bilbao because the hostel I’m in has blazing fast wi-fi. Two new towns up now, and I’m off to Portugal tomorrow.

  3. Z
    May 29, 2015

    I’m catching up on your blog. So much information and pictures to digest…
    Bordeaux and Biarritz are beautiful! Bordeaux looks so open and pristine. Biarritz is very charming. I really like Napoleon III Hotel Du Palais – nice property! Hey the beret really suit you – and you do look French in it!
    Ooh la la, votre beret, ci c’est tres bon! 🙂

  4. Z
    May 29, 2015

    What the hell… this all inspired me to go downstairs to “PAUL” to get my little piece of France ( in the form of Mille-feuille)…
    🙂

  5. The Travel Zealot
    May 30, 2015

    Oh well Z, I haven’t fooled any French people with the beret, but I’m enjoying it. A Spaniard in Madrid thought I was Jamie from the Mythbusters show.

  6. The Travel Zealot
    May 30, 2015

    I’m right behind you Z. After I’m done with Barcelona it’s off to Montpellier and the Côte D’Azure. I’ll be able to get my fill of pastry before I hit the rest of my European itinerary. You’re lucky “Paul” opened up its first location in the states right on your block. Very happy for you otherwise all of my pastry talk would be torture.

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