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 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.
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 ate lunch in the middle of town.
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.
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.
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.
My last night was in Gernika, where we had an assortment of red and white Riojas.