My European Odyssey–Week Three

As some of you might recall, I am over in Europe this month leading a few bike trips. The first three weeks are firmly behind me (and the fourth week is about to end), so I thought I would give a few updates through some photos. I have tried to be better at snapping photos on this trip, but I still need to constantly remind myself to get off the bike and use the camera.

I am currently in Burgundy, and I return to Philadelphia after the weekend, but here are a few photos of the time I spent in the Pays Basque during Week Three:

The week started with driving the van from Avignon (sorry, no pictures) up the Rhône to pick up some bikes in Sablet. I stopped, of course, in the wine town of Vacqueryas and proudly displayed my Frick Winery hat.

The week started with driving the van from Avignon (sorry, no pictures) up the Rhône Valley to pick up some bikes in Sablet. I stopped, of course, in the wine town of Vacqueryas and proudly displayed my Frick Winery hat.

Right above Vacqueryas is the tiny town of Gigondas, where I stopped for a bit of a stroll.

Right above Vacqueryas is the tiny town of Gigondas, where I stopped for a bit of a stroll.

I also felt the need to sample just a couple Grenache grapes--pretty close to ready if you ask me --perhaps another few weeks.

I also felt the need to sample just a couple Grenache grapes–pretty close to ready if you ask me –perhaps another couple weeks.

Châteauneuf-du-Pape was a bit off the route, but I had to make the detour, and had lunch in the middle of town.

Châteauneuf-du-Pape was a bit off the route, but I had to make the detour, and ate lunch in the middle of town.

I made it across the country in time for dinner in St-Jean-de_luz where i had the first of many Gâteaux Basques.

A beautiful drive across the country ended in time for dinner in St-Jean-de-Luz where I had the first of many Gâteaux Basques.

Next, up the coast a bit to the beach resort of Biarritz.

Next, up the coast a bit to the beach resort of Biarritz.

Dinner (and lunch the following day) was under the blue awnings.

Dinner (and lunch the following day) was under the blue awnings on the water in Biarritz.

Onto Spain and San Sebastian. I do not speak any Spanish, so I got lost a lot. But this meant stumbling across some cool spots.

Onto Spain and San Sebastian. I do not speak any Spanish, so I got lost a lot. But this meant stumbling across some cool spots.

I thought about climbing up the hill to the statue, but I opted for a few more Pintxos instead.

I thought about climbing up the hill to the statue, but I opted for a few more Pintxos instead.

Up and over the Jazikibel. I liked it so much, I did it twice.

Up and over the Jazikibel. I liked it so much, I did it twice.

My last night was in Gernika, where we had an assortment of red and white Riojas.

My last night was in Gernika, where we had an assortment of red and white Riojas.