Biarritz Off The Beaten Path

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    French Rugby international

    by Ludders Written May 19, 2005

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    follow the road from biaritz to bayonne and you will come accross a large department store called l'eleceric. just accross the road is a small coffee house where an ex french international works, by a florist . He has on display his shirts and photos. He is very welcoming and modest. Dont know hs name though.

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    Ainhoa, Sare and other small towns.

    by euzkadi Written Dec 7, 2004

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    Around Biarritz you can find small and beautiful towns like Ainhoa, Sare or Larun with the zipper train. And in the Spain side the wonderful San Sebastian (Donostia), and Fuenterrabia (Hondarribia) with it´s amazing balconies.

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    The time of the whales

    by Klod5 Written Oct 27, 2004

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    I'am not a whale !

    To the Midded Aged, Biarritz is a small harbor whose fishers are famous for their cleverness to harpoon the whales. The oil of the animal is then very sought-after to illuminate the houses. One also uses the bones and the coasts to manufacture some fences; skin, cut in thongs, to prepare the seats or helmets. Of course, one also eats the flesh, in particular the language, dish of choice for visitors of mark.

    The site of the village is adapted particularly well to the fishing to the whale. The shackle where is today the Old Harbor is safe from the surge of the large. A pass guarantees the access of the crafts at the bay. The beach in soft slope permits to fail the cetaceans to high tide, then to wait for the low tide to cut up them.

    The villagers work on the beach, where they installed some ovens to melt the bacon, of the chimneys to cook and to smoke meat, of the amphoras to preserve oil.

    The whales have the fishers lived until toward the half of the XVIIth century. Then they move away more and more toward the large and the fishers should go until toward New Earth to find them.

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    Le temps des baleines

    by Klod5 Written Oct 27, 2004

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    Au Moyen Age, Biarritz est un petit port dont les pêcheurs sont renommés pour leur habileté à harponner les baleines. L'huile de l'animal est alors très recherchée pour éclairer les maisons. On utilise aussi les os et les côtes pour fabriquer des clôtures ; la peau, découpée en lanières, pour confectionner des sièges ou des casques. Bien sûr, on mange aussi la chair, en particulier la langue, mets de choix pour visiteurs de marque.



    Le site du village est particulièrement bien adapté à la pêche à la baleine. L'anse où se trouve aujourd'hui le Port Vieux est à l'abri de la houle du large. Une passe garantit l'accès des embarcations à la baie. La plage en pente douce permet d'échouer les cétacés à marée haute, puis d'attendre la marée basse pour les dépecer.

    Les villageois travaillent sur la plage, où ils ont installé des fours pour fondre le lard, des cheminées pour cuire et fumer la viande, des amphores pour conserver l'huile.

    Les baleines font vivre les pêcheurs jusque vers la moitié du XVIIème siècle. Puis elles s'éloignent de plus en plus vers le large et les pêcheurs devront aller jusque vers Terre Neuve pour les trouver.

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    The Biarritz legend

    by Klod5 Written Oct 27, 2004

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    At this faraway time, the coast that had to become the one of the Basques and Biarritz was a sad extent and depopulated. Biarritz is a poor village that hardly lives the product of the fishing; of the dunes covered with dry herbs and charred, often bordering an ocean furious that beat an inaccessible and dangerous coast.

    Also on these clayey cliffs lived a few hundreds of men and women, of race euscarienne, of particular religion, expressing itself/themselves in a mysterious language. In this village, lived a beautiful girl, Miarritze, that had one night a strange dream,: the Yahvé god appeared to him and promised him to send on the abandoned territory Martin's soul, his/her/its servant. The one would appear here under shape of a bird to the colorful feather that would carry in his/her/its beak a fish with the scales of gold, symbol of wealth and the good to be that naîtraientt on this coast.

    The girl's speech succeeds in convincing the inhabitants that marked a marvelous passereau some days later, in fact a Kingfisher. This event, on the encouragements of Miarritze, pushed the inhabitants to construct some crafts to face the sea. They got involved in the adventure of the fishing, in particular of the whales who frolicked, numerous, to the large.

    One day of big storm, Miarritze, standing on the strike, observes the efforts of a boat of fishers that tempt to win the beach, before being stranded. She helps them and welcome them at home. These are sailors come from Gascogne, of the Biarrinses or pacific men but harden, fishers and aware navigators. She/it will marry their chief. Of their union and the one of the two names the city will be born.

    The etymology, it, ignores the legend and wants that the name of the city comes from Bearrids and Beiarrids, of " beder " or " to see ", that is to say " the place from where one sees ".

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    La légende de Biarritz

    by Klod5 Written Oct 27, 2004

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    A cette époque lointaine, la côte qui devait devenir celle des Basques et de Biarritz était une étendue triste et dépeuplée. Biarritz est un village pauvre qui vit à peine du produit de la pêche ; des dunes couvertes d'herbes sèches et calcinées, longeant un océan souvent furieux qui battait une côte inaccessible et redoutable.

    Aussi sur ces falaises glaiseuses vivaient quelques centaines d'hommes et femmes, de race euscarienne, de religion particulière, s'exprimant dans une langue mystérieuse. Dans ce village, vivait une belle jeune fille, Miarritze, qui eut une nuit un rêve étrange : le dieu Yahvé lui apparut et lui promit d'envoyer sur le territoire abandonné l'âme de Martin, son serviteur. Celui ci apparaîtrait sous forme d'un oiseau au plumage coloré qui porterait dans son bec un poisson aux écailles d'or, symbole de la richesse et du bien être qui naîtraientt sur cette côte.

    Le discours de la jeune fille réussit à convaincre les habitants qui quelques jours plus tard repérèrent un merveilleux passereau, en fait un Martin-pêcheur. Cet événement, sur les encouragements de Miarritze, poussa les habitants à construire des embarcations pour affronter la mer. Ils se lancèrent dans l'aventure de la pêche, en particulier des baleines qui folâtraient, nombreuses, au large.

    Un jour de grande tempête, Miarritze, debout sur la grève, observe les efforts d'une barque de pêcheurs qui tente de gagner la plage, avant de s'échouer. Elle leur vient en aide et les accueille chez elle. Ce sont des marins venus de Gascogne, des Biarrins ou hommes pacifiques mais aguerris, pêcheurs et navigateurs avertis. Elle épousera leur chef. De leur union et de celle des deux noms naîtra la ville.

    L'étymologie, elle, ignore la légende et veut que le nom de la ville vienne de Bearrids et Beiarrids, de " beder " ou " voir ", c'est à dire " l'endroit d'où l'on voit ".

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    Head For Heights

    by Nixter01 Written Nov 26, 2003

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    Going Up Thye Pyrenees By Cable Car

    Ou second week we decieded to take a trip into the gods and went driving into and up, the Pyrenees.
    This was a experience in itself with sheer drops at the side of the car and the mountains loaming at us at both sides, heights don't bother me, but even I did'nt dare look down !
    We went to a popular ski resort and jumped in a cable car ( which was a white knuckle ride in the wind ! ) and headed straight to the top. All around was fantastic scenery which was hard to imagine would be completed covered in snow come Feb/March and be swarming with not walkers but ski-ers

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    Rocher du serpent

    by bloorange Written Aug 16, 2003

    "Le rocher du serpent " (Rock of the snake) is one of the rock out in the ocean you can see from the "plateau de l'Atalaye". There is actualy an access to it without getting wet... I let you look for it, you should have fun... Find the lader...

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    View From Above

    by Nixter01 Written Nov 29, 2003

    This was taken looking down towards the car park, we could see for miles and the views were fantastic, giving us a wonderful glimpse of this lake

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    Trains

    by Nixter01 Written Nov 26, 2003
    Coming Round The Mountain

    This little train took you around the mountain, there is a little hut in which you paid a small amount

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    Attack Of The Killer Donkeys !

    by Nixter01 Written Nov 26, 2003

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    Go Away !

    This is us after we'd just arrived, unfortunately Gina who was with us, seemed to attract a bunch of donkeys !
    You must change you perfume !

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    lighthouse

    by lorgnierl Written Nov 10, 2002

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    take your car, or by feet and go to the light house, walk around and enjoy
    take a time to seat on the stones near the sea (take care, hight, wind, waves,...) and have a rest

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