A full week ago, my wife and I took a mini-vacation Down South — in the resort town of Biarritz, tucked into the southwest corner of France — and I’ve been meaning to write about our trip ever since. In a word, it was lovely.
Biarritz lies on the Atlantic Ocean, and is about 320 kilometres south and west of our home base in Daglan. It’s on the Basque Coast, a part of France we had never visited — and which turned out to be charming and beautiful.
For Jan and me, getting there was easy. We chose to take the train, rather than drive, and so we travelled by regional train from Le Buisson to Bordeaux. After a nice lunch break in Bordeaux, it was south to Biarritz on the TGV, the high-speed train.
And once we were settled in our beautiful hotel room, these are the kinds of ocean views we could enjoy:
So what could we possibly find to do for three or four days? Well, our hotel had beautiful spa facilities, so we took advantage of them. And then of course, there was the dining. That included meals in our hotel (Sofitel Biarritz Le Miramar Thalassa Sea & Spa — how’s that for a mouthful?), but also in Biarritz itself.
On Saturday night, for example, we enjoyed tapas in the lively and welcoming Bar Jean. And for Sunday lunch, we headed to Chez Albert, where seafood is king.
Here’s an example of a seafood platter that had just been put together at Chez Albert (although not for us):
And here’s another of the platters, just waiting to be taken to a table:
To begin her lunch, Jan ordered a whole crab served cold with mayonnaise. Here it is:
For my main course, I had the dorade, served with a Spanish sauce:
Of course, man does not live by seafood alone. What would a nice lunch be, without dessert? And so this is the creation I had:
It’s a fair bet that we’ll be back in Biarritz again. Lovely spot.