I am entering "retirement" next May(2011), and want to start tracking my life as I see it.
Wednesday, August 1, 2018
Bayonne and the Basque Country
Bayonne has long been as much Basque as French, sharing a culture with northern Spain. The Basque people enjoyed a great degree of autonomy before the French revolution. They have their own language, crafts, and colors. Later arrivals included Jewish chocolate-makers (They were expelled by the Spanish inquisition)
Basque language and flag:
Basque colors (red and green):
Street scenes, old mingled with new:
We tasted a local specialty: cider beer in a nice restaurant:
Basque has a unique craft called makhila - elegant sticks take years to make. We went to visit the workshop. I guess I am not interested in stick with a hidden weapon. Continuing on, we visited Espellete, a town that makes the red pepper that flavors Bayonne ham. A sailor who traveled with Christopher Columbus brought the peppers home to Espelette in 1650. This is certainly my kind of town, as I am a lot more interested in wining and dining!