Chateau d’Abbadia

On the Basque Coast of France, Chateau d’Abbadia stands on a bluff above the sea. It’s an impressive building built in the 19th Century by a fellow who liked to explore the world and beyond. Here’s a look at the main entrance:

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And a look at the south side for a better sense of scale.

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Sadly, no photography was permitted inside the building which featured a handsome library, a telescope, countless beautifully furnished rooms, not to mention interesting artifacts.

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The photo above is a look at the chapel wing. The chapel itself was quite impressive in scale and decor. Clearly, the architect knew what he was doing, as did the builders. If you’re in the area of Hendaye, France, I highly recommend a visit here. Guide is in French with a written handout in other languages including English.

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Guardian of the Grapes, Spain

While touring about La Rioja, I spotted this capable canine keeping an eye on the vineyard:

DSC_2432Was a friendly dog. He patrolled the rows of grapes a while then retreated to the shade of the nearby bodega for a nap. Good to know there’s someone looking after the coming harvest.

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Views of La Rioja, Spain

La Rioja, like much of Spain, features some marvelous views. A broad valley of fields and vineyards, it is dotted by some hills from which you can see for miles.

DSC_2480.JPGThere are mountains on either side. When the weather rolls in, you can see the clouds folding over the top and spilling downward.

fullsizeoutput_c47.jpegThis is a place to linger, to check out the local scene, enjoy the food and wine. Take your time.

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Rokon

Check out this vintage Rokon from 1971, lovingly restored by a friend of mine.

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Before there were all many of all terrain vehicles, there was the Rokon, which features an amazing design. Both the front and rear wheel are drive wheels thanks to a gear box located under the seat and a driveshaft that runs forward.

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The Rokon is a rugged machine designed for rough use. The wheels are hollow and you can use them to store fuel.

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While innovative, the design is fairly simple as you can see in the close-ups above and below.

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It’s an impressive unit given when it was first available. Some stunning examples still in use.