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Of course, the Choco Museum is a cunning, generous and imaginative attempt to sell you some Bayonne cocoa products ;-) It is the size of a medium shop and, okay, three quarters of the space is filled with chocolate tools, adverts, molds, grinders and information about Bayonne chocolate. Chocolate was 'discovered' by the Spanish and, because of Bayonne's close links to Spain, the tasty product reached the city in the early 1600's.
There are a fair number of chocolate makers and chocolate shops in Bayonne. the Choco Museum also makes its own chocolate ~ you can watch its slightly embarassed staff through glass screens.
FREE ENTRY. The most annoying thing for me about the Musee Choco is their three hour lunch, from 12 till 3pm. I assume they need this time to lick their fingers greedily ;-)
What to pay: A large bar of Puyodebat chocolate (variety of flavours) will set you back 5 euros. A generous bag of cocoa powder will cost around double that.
Updated Jul 24, 2006
Address: Next to Bayonne Cathedral entrance
Bayonne, Biarritz and Anglet frequently get lumped together and – lucky for Bayonne – are stuck with Biarritz’s glamorous reputation. Bayonne, however, is further inland, at the confluence of three rivers and closer to the mountains. The result is a climate that is not as conducive the spending all your time out of doors. For one, the mornings can be chilly, with heavy mists rolling off the water. These gradually burn off and, in the summer, the temperature can go fairly high. This would be ok, if it weren’t for the third characteristics – heavy spontaneous showers. I was there for two nights and experienced more than a few wet moments, including two incredible thunderstorms. Always, always remember an umbrella and possibly a jacket of some sort, as it is rather unpleasant to go around soaking wet (and highly uncouth, something that will anger the French).
Written Dec 17, 2008