Basque Country and Provence

This summer we decided to make another “on the road” holiday ….well much less challenging than Route 66 in 2014, nevertheless same excitement and fun: we visited the Basque Country both on the Spanish and the French side. During the trip we made a couple of stops in Provence: Avignon and St.Tropez…a perfect combination.  In a nutshell it was a great mixture of historical sites, contemporary art and architecture, superb food and nice beaches. What else?

Here below a few shots taken with my Leica M and ….yes, my iPhone6S

Avignon

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Gastronomic hints in Avignon

As usual I also try to give some recommendation in terms of restaurants and bars, clearly based on my only personal experience (de gustibus ancient latins used to say!). Definitely a place to go in Avignon is the restaurant Christian Etienne, awarded 1 Michelin Star where you can eat intriguing courses at a high nevertheless reasonable price. If you want to make a full provençal experience go to restaurant Au Jardin de la Tour, nice atmosphere, good food.

Bilbao

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Gastronomic hints in Bilbao

You can find superb restaurants almost everywhere in Bilbao. We tried Nido Bilbao where I ate a luxurious Polpo a la Gallega (see below)…

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…and the marvelous Victor Montes in Plaza Nueva where you can find the best pinxtos (tapas) in town.

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For dinner in my opinion one of the best places to go is Porrue, close to the Guggenheim Museum: excellent food, especially the chuleta beef.

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San Sebastian

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Gastronomic hints in San Sebastian

Well, San Sebastian I believe owns the world record for number of michelin stars restaurants per squared kilometer…We had an unforgettable experience at Martin Berasateguione of the best restaurants in the world

San Jean de Luz, Bayonne and Biarritz

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Gastronomic hints in Bayonne

Bayonne is famous for the ham and the chocolate: unmissable is the hot Chocolat Cazenave

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St.Tropez…and the Club 55!

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