(bi = two in Basque language… my first post about Basque can be found HERE)
Our tour of Basque Country started in Bayonne France, then moved to San Sebastian Spain, and finally ended in Bilbao Spain. Plus our adventure included visiting several towns along the way. These pictures are our most special sights of Basque Country.
|Cathedral in Bayonne France, Basque Country|
In Bayonne, the tour group and guide were met, wine and food was shared, instant friends were made, and we jumped into ‘touring’.
The Basque culture was most interesting in that is has existed for thousands of years amongst the changes and turmoil, high times and low times of European history. The people continue to have their own language and own traditions. The tradition of family – of the family being stronger than any each member – is fascinating. The tradition of the first born, whether girl or boy, inheriting the responsibility and representation of the family is remarkably modern. The devotion to faith, custom, and practicality is heartening. Getting to know the Basque was thought-provoking, captivating, and set memories for us to share and enjoy.
|Typical Basque house in the tradition red and white colors…
Basque sheep represented in plastic cups and tin buckets
One of our day trips was to St. Jean Pied de Port, where we brought supplies and hiked to the 17th century citadel for a picnic, and a fabulous view of the town.
|snapshots of the hill hike in San Sebastian Spain – gorgeous views of the town and the coast!|
This was the first half of our tour… and it was so wonderful – great food, interesting sights and facts, and lovely tour friends to share it with… Such a unique culture and people!!! If you are interested to visit the Basque Country, I recommend it, especially on the Rick Steve’s Tour.