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Old March 6th, 2011, 09:56 PM   #21
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To be precise, we won't visit Béarn this time as we'll just travel through Labourd (Lapurdi in Basque) and the southern part of the Landes (little entities named Gosse, Orthe, ...).

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We'll begin this quick tour in the town of Bayonne (May 2010). I had posted numerous pics of Bayonne on this board, see my signature.

The Adour river in Bayonne :

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When in Bayonne, I generally go to the Elkar bookshop. It used to be a great regionalist shop but it's now more or less in the hands of the Spanish Basques who have transformed it into a fascinating yet menacing nationalist place. Not speaking Basque is a bit dangerous but women are pretty. Don't dare claim Bayonne is a Gascon town ! Nevermind.

Some streets :

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Crossing the Nive river to reach the bookshop.

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After ill-considered purchases, I decided to head towards deep Labourd. Bassussarry is a former village in the suburbs of Bayonne : here ended the Gascon language.

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The landscape is dominated by La Rhune (Larrun in Basque) :

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Saint-Pée-sur-Nivelle : I've always found that the green colour of the landscapes allied to the pristine white house façades was somehow obsessive.

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Deep Labourd around Souraïde (Zuraide in Basque).

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Espelette (Ezpeleta in Basque) :

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On the road to Cambo (Kanbo in Basque) :

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I somehow bypassed Cambo as I missed the centre-town ...

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Urcuray (Urkoi in Basque) : white and red are making me blind !

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I also bypassed Hasparren ...

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... and eventually reached Briscous (Beskoitze in Basque) a suburb of Bayonne.

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I decided to head North ... as I had missed the road heading West. To keep my dignity, I eventually convinced myself that visiting the southern Landes would be ideal. Lahonce (Lehuntze in Basque) is the last Basque-speaking village : it dominated the Adour valley. North of the river are Gascon lands. I feel good. A good wind, I'm alone watching the mighty river.

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Urcuit (Urketa in Basque) :

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And we are : I've crossed the river (I should have taken a pic) and I'm in the Landes. No ethnic character means lame architecture. The Basques were lucky to forge a whole romantic universe about themselves : the Landes were not included and consequently, it's becoming a shithole despite both shores of the Adour river sharing a not so distant past.

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Biarrotte :

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Sainte-Marie-de-Gosse : quite frankly I don't think foreign people are able to detect a difference between the Basque Country and the Landes except that the Landes are not as Disney World-like as the Basque Country.

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Saint-Etienne-d'Orthe :

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The Landes emulates the Basque Country up to frontons.

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Bélus :

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Cagnotte :

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This little tour ends in Hastingues : I'll never be able to get a pic of this village without backlighting.

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