Basque Beach, Spain

In the Basque region of Spain, you’ll find a number of beaches, including this one:

DSC_2587.JPGThe water is a bit chilly compared to the Caribbean. Still, there are people who enjoy the sea, in particular surfing. At some of these beaches, capable life guards keep an eye on things:

DSC_2590.JPGOf course, there is great food just on the other side of the promenade. Enjoy the swim responsibly and carefully.

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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.

Published in: on October 4, 2017 at 2:42 pm  Comments (2)  
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