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Porte Du Deruit, Bayonne, France 2006
Statue from a different angle
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Hotel de Ville in Bayonne?
I am planning a trip to Bayonne this August and would like to stay at a historic hotel. I've heard of a Hotel de Ville in Bayonne, but cannot find it on the Net. Does such a hotel exist? What is the Hotel des Basses Pyrenees like? Anyone know where I can find a picture of this hotel? Is it possible to rent an apartment in Bayonne and what is the St. Esprit quartier like? Any pics? Thanks for any help you can provide me.
Re: Hotel de Ville in Bayonne?
I can answer only part of your question : "Hotel de Ville" means townhouse if french, it's not a hotel
Re: Hotel de Ville in Bayonne?
My French teacher used to tell the story of the couple who had been too lazy to learn French when they were at school.
They decided to go to France for their honeymoon but came back very disappointed because they had not succeeded in getting in at any of the hotels they had most liked the look of. In which ever town they arrived they went first to the Hotel de Ville because it always looked the smartest, with the French flag flying. They thought they must have been the best in town too, because they were always fully booked. The smart, uniformed person they assumed to to be the concierge or receptionist at each place never spoke English, and when they mimed eating and sleeping he just laughed and pointed them down the road to an ordinary looking hotel.
They related this sad tale to their old teacher who explained they had tried to stay in City or Town Halls. They felt rather foolish.
Travel Tips for Bayonne
I've always found Basque lettering interesting and somehow attractive. The Basques use the same Latin alphabet as the Spaniards (that is, it includes ñ and considers rr a single letter), but, like the pre-WWII Germans, a special script is sometimes used to write Basque, especially when it is in signs or titles. It looks rather cartoonish, with some of the letters (a and v, I think) having large bars on top or below. To be honest, I don't know where it comes from, but it is universally recognized as being Basque - used in both the North and South, and almost never for any other language. Sometimes it is even used on roadsigns, with the Spanish or French equivalent in normal Latin characters.
Le Rempart Lachepaillet
As a port and an important trading centre near the Spanish border, Bayonne was in need of a good defensive system throughout the Middle Ages up through the Napoleonic Wars. It shouldn't be surprising, then, that Grande Bayonne has an impressive set of walls and ramparts, all of which have been maintained quite nicely and many of which have been converted into parks and green spaces for the residents to enjoy. The Rempart Lachepaillet must have been quite important, as these walls protect the approach to the Château Vieux, which would have been the centre of military command. Today they don't seem very impressive, given that they are ringed by roads and urban development, but at one point they must have provided a good defense for France's front-line city.
The Château-Neuf is, obviously, the newer version of the Château-Vieux. It sits atop the highest point in Petite Bayonne, in order to provide a look-out over this part of the city, which I don't believe would have been included in the defensive structure of Grande Bayonne (given that the Nive and the Adour separate the two). In the 12th century there were English installements here (since Aquitaine was occupied by the English from the 11th to the 14th centuries), but they were destroyed. In the 15th century, Charles IV had a new castle built where the English one had been, which is now the Château-Neuf. The buildings themselves are quite impressive and provide good opportunities for taking pictures and the like, but I'm not sure that there is much to do in them. When I walked up to the gate, everything on the inside of the walls was under construction. It appears that the University is planning to house its information centre here, so everything has been ripped up and caged off. Still, it is worth it to hike up and take a look, if only for the great views and pictures of Petite Bayonne that you will be able to get by making it to the gate.
Statue to Charles Martial Lavigerie
Charles Martial Lavigerie was a pioneer of Catholic-Muslims relations, you could say. Born in 1825 in Bayonne, he taught at the Sorbonne and discovered Islam and Arab culture in Syria. He was an Cardinal and named the Primate of Africa by the Holy See, as he founded the White Fathers, whose mission was to evangelize the peoples of Africa. This should not be seen as a sign that he was ultra-conservative or a racist - he used his position to rail against slavery and support the Republican cause. As such, Cardinal Lavigerie sought to emancipate both the body and soul of the peoples of Africa. In honour of this son of Bayonne, a statue was erected on the Bayonne side of the Pont Saint-Esprit. It's not very prominent, but it is likely that you will pass as you cross from the train station. It caught my eye and my fancy, which is why I decided to snap a few pictures.
Viva Baiona !
"Viva Baiona !"
If you have heard of the famous "Jambon de Bayonne", then this is the place where the jambon comes from.
A famous city in the South West of France, on the border with Spain. Bayonne is the Capital of the Basque Country.
The architecture of the city is nice (pleasant walks on the river quays), many activities to go and watch anytime of the year (rugby matches, cesta punta...) all that makes the Basque Country one of the most beautiful places in the world, at least to me.
The people are friendly, generous, and speak with an exquisite accent.
"Les bleux et Blancs de l'Aviron Bayonnais"
Why this title ?
Well, rugby in the Basque Country is an "art de vivre". The "Aviron Bayonnais" is the famous Bayonne rugby team. Dressed in Blue and White, you can go to their club, just ask anyone in Bayonne, they all know where it is and will be proud of telling you about their team.
Please visit their website to learn more about them. (http://www.avironbayonnaisrugby.fr/home.php)