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Old August 23rd, 2008, 01:15 AM   #1
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BAYONNE : Capital of the French Basque Country

Oh well technically, Bayonne has not been Basque-speaking for 9 centuries now but nevermind. First part will deal with two suburban villages around Bayonne and the right bank of the Adour river : Saint-Esprit.

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1.Mouguerre and Saint-Pierre-d'Irube :

We will be "blessed" with some serious bad weather but since the Ocean is so near, it'll just be temporary.
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Mouguerre (Mugerre in Basque) :
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New buildings are built in a quite convincing neo-Basque style :
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The old village :
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Saint-Pierre-d'Irube (Sent Pèr d'Irúber in Gascon, Hiriburu in Basque) :
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2.Saint-Esprit :
(Sent Esprit in Gascon, Espiritu Saindua in Basque)

Saint-Esprit is a former town on the right bank of the Adour river that had long belonged to the neighbouring Landes département. It's now part of Bayonne. It was home to one of the greatest Jewish communities in France : the "Portuguese" Jews.

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The docks :
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Bad weather coming from the Ocean :
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Saint-Esprit is made of two large streets connected by a plaza and many little streets. It's home to Bayonne's rail-station.

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The main street known for its synagogue :
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Coming back to the main square :
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Bayonne awaits us : we'll take that bridge.
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Saint-Esprit from the bridge :
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Old August 23rd, 2008, 01:39 AM   #2
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Interresting, I never knew that Biarritz and Bayonne were in the same urban area.
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Old August 24th, 2008, 02:57 PM   #3
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Nice little town, a bit sleepy though.
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Old August 24th, 2008, 04:47 PM   #4
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Nice pics, now take us to Bayonne.
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Old August 24th, 2008, 05:01 PM   #5
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very interesting, thanks
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Old August 24th, 2008, 07:46 PM   #6
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Amazing pics
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Old August 25th, 2008, 02:59 AM   #7
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3.Petit Bayonne

"Little Bayonne" is bordered by the Nive and Adour rivers : it's allegedly the most popular district in Bayonne. The weather was pretty bad in the morning but it went good in the afternoon.

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The Nive River :
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Road signs are trilingual in Bayonne : French, Basque and Gascon, the latter being the vernacular language of the town.
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"Little Bayonne" from "Great Bayonne" :
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Let's enter "Little Bayonne" whose iconic monuments are Saint-André Church and the "Château Neuf" (New Castle) :
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The Cathedral in "Great Bayonne" looks upon us :
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Streets of "Little Bayonne" :
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"Great Bayonne" from the docks of "Little Bayonne" on the other bank of the Nive :
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The weather went good after my noon appointment in the former Arsenal near Saint-André :
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The New Castle dominates "Little Bayonne" :
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Some other streets :
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The Nive River with the Fortress in the background (Saint-Esprit) :
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"Little Bayonne" 's docks from the bridge on the Nive :
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Next : "Great-Bayonne"
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Old August 25th, 2008, 03:31 AM   #8
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Great pictures! It's a amazing tour of Bayonne, the place looks great
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Old August 25th, 2008, 09:26 AM   #9
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Great pics and I love the ham!
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Old August 25th, 2008, 09:29 AM   #10
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very nice place... looks a litle bit boring, but peaceful place.
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Old August 26th, 2008, 09:21 PM   #11
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looks a litle bit boring, but peaceful place.

What would you say if you saw it during the annual feria?
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Old August 29th, 2008, 05:29 PM   #12
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4.Grand Bayonne

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The city walls :
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The Cathedral :
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The Old Castle and "Les Allées Paulmy" :
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The Theatre :
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Old August 29th, 2008, 05:40 PM   #13
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5.Around Bayonne

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Saint-Esprit again :
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Lahonce :
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The Adour river and Urt :
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Bardos :
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Guiche :
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