And so it was, that I went to Biarritz:)

After that epic weekend in San Sebastian, I hit the railway to Biarritz, on route to do a 7 day Detox/Retreat. It’s not far from San Seb at all actually, 2 trains, and about an hour travel time.  I only blinked a couple times:) And yes as soon as I got there, being in France, my Spanish was no good anymore… and my French is shockingly bad?! I think I need to take a few lessons, as I couldn’t help but keep trying to speak Spanish, it just wasn’t working..  I did however master the word ‘Merci’.  Oh wait! and ‘Bonjour’.  Yes I shared many intellectual conversations with people while I was there:)  Let’s not forget though, it is Basque Country, so they also speak Basque.  And as opposed to what you may think, my Basque is non-exsistent:)

The beauty of Biarritz did not dissapoint. With a stunningly long coast of beaches, surf, and a pleasant little town. It’s just too bad it wasn’t sunny this day to really capture the essence of it all.  But I am sure you will get a good idea.

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It was such a nice a scenic walk around the area, 2014-10-15 002 016I popped by the market to check out the local eats and treats.  One of the many freaken fantastic things about Europe is all the Markets and their fresh produce.2014-10-17 001 002  2014-10-15 002 018 I feel so lucky to enjoy it all every day of the week.  We don’t have that luxary in Northern Canada all year round, only a few months in the summer, then it’s all shipped in produce or canned for the winter.  So I bask in the joy of it here in Europe!! And always appreciate it.

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The retreat was actually about 30km outside of Biarritz, more rural farm land.(And I shall write my review of the Retreat in a separate article).  But we were able to do a bit of hiking through the Mountains and Valleys in the area. Which was super nice! I could imagine myself being back in the lovely Canadian Wilderness, just loving the spectacular outdoors. Minus a few wild Animals.

Although I was lucky enough to stumble across the local Basque Sheep.  Don’t make any sudden movements to startle them, and if the herd decides turn on you, just play dead:)

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As if the sighting of the Sheep wasn’t lucky enough!?, We also kept sighting the local Basque ponies. each of them adorned with a bell.  Haha, poor little fella’s, it must be annoying to walk anywhere when you have a bell going off in your face and ear every step of the way. It was your everyday Basque Safari.

Well no matter what I always love checking out new places, and seeing the rural areas and getting a feel for the lifestyle, and culture. The endless fountains of knowledge that are flowing out, and I am just a sponge, wanting to soak as much up as I can.  Yup, I would say Basque country is a pretty sweet ass area:) The End.

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Basking in Basque Country:)

So before heading to Basque Country, I didn’t truly know what a treat I was in for.  I had been hearing many incredible things about the area from people whom had been there before, but once I was able to feast on it with my own eyes, I fell in love with yet another place on this planet…. My plan was a weekend in San Sebastian(Spanish Side), then a week in Biarritz(French Side) for a Detox/Retreat.   I arrived in San Seb, dropped  off my bags, and decided to take myself for dinner.  It was super lively everywhere, the streets filled with people, drinking, eating Pintxo’s(Tapas) and being merry.  After a long day, walking into a super packed bar/restaurant alone(normally I have no problem with this) was just a wee bit daunting.  But I was enjoying the stroll, and just taking in the energy of it all.  Then long behold I spotted a Vegan Restaurant, called ‘Green Break’, 2014-10-11 001 007 and just as fast as the women in front went to hand me a flier, I went breezing right past her and said ” it’s ok, I am in!!:)” Happy dayz, is exactly what I was thinking.  I took a seat, grabbed an organic beer, and was ready to tuck into an epic and healthy meal(and epic it was, as I ate there every day that I was in San Seb).  But not before I asked a table of lovely ladies to take my photo.2014-10-11 001 001  Upon which they asked if I wanted to join them. 2014-10-29 002 001

I love traveling alone for this very reason, you always end up making new friends.  I ended up having some amazing nightlife tour guides that evening, with one of my new found buddies showing me the sights around San Seb the next day too.  I felt so freaken lucky.  Not to mention, she is an incredible young women, one of those people you feel lucky to have met in general. np

The scenery was breathtaking.

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And it was super interesting to learn about the Basque culture, and the fact that they have their own language, and consider themselves to be independent from Spain and France.  Some facts I never would have learned had I have not visited this area. It was all new to me!!  Ahhh, good ol’ traveling.  Never a dull moment.  Well unless you have been stuck with layovers in multiple airports, and are feeling jet legged as all heck, then, ok, maybe a bit dull:) We hiked up to where the Jesus monument was, it made me remenisce about when I travelled Brazil in fact, almost as though I was in a mini Rio.

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Stopped on the way to have a Carajillo(espresso shot with rum), one of my fav Spanish treats! Although they didn’t have the correct rum I was after, the skill he put into making it was very impressive!

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After a day of sightseeing, there was no  better way to finish it off before preparing for the Saturday night festivities then grabbing some Rose, and a couple pieces of fruit, and chilling on the beach watching all the people surfing. Right b2014-10-26 003 001efore grabbing some pintxo’s, to make sure we had some sustenance.

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My intention was to do some surfing while in San Seb, but there was just too much sightseeing to be done, and I had to hop on the train on Sunday and head over to the French side, to beautiful Biarritz… Which only means one thing… Guess I gotta go back there!? Oh darn!! Twist my rubber arm.

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One Fine Day in Mallorca

When in Mallorca a must visit restaurant is Meson Ca’n Pedro, located in the little village called Genova, right on the outskirts of Palma.  So that being said, we had no choice… It had to be given a go.

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It serves up some of the most delicious real Mallorquin cuisine on the island, as real as it gets.  It was first startIMG_4323ed in 1976, by a couple named Pedro and Ana, and they obviously knew exactly what they were doing since it’s still absolutely thriving, even being re-done in 1991 to make it a larger establishment, so it can fit in its popularity:)  Its nestled right in between some little mountains, absolutely gorgeous location.  It’s huge!  You walk through the iron archway, and up the steps, and you are greeted with some nice green grassy manicured lawn areas, and then at the top of the steps, there is a playground, which is great, gives the children some extra excitement to burn off some of their endless energy:)

We walked in and the place was going off!! Super packed, and a line up waiting for tables.  Yes, looks like we picked the right spot.  We are off to a good start!  The interior is total Spanish style, and there are Iberian hams hanging from the ceiling, some ranging in prices up to 600 Euros! I mean it is a typical Spanish thing, but to pay that much, you would really have to love your ham.  This place is all about meat, so if you are vegetarian, it may not be so appealing to you.  Well as long as you’re not bothered having meat staring you in the face, tIMG_4310here are for sure options for you on the menu.  Endless food choices.  Ok, well perhaps that’s a bit exaggerated, eventually the menu does end…

Once we were seated at our table, and had a gander at our menu, we got right in there ordering some of the must try snacks.  There was fresh bread, garlic aioli, local Mallorquin tomatoes, garlic cloves, and olives.  What you got to do is cut a piece of garlic in half, then rub it on your bread, after that, you cut the tomato in half, and also rub that on your bread. you can then dip it in some olive oil, or put some aioli on top, holy man, soooo freaken good! And very entertaining.   While doing this, we had this great view of the mountains out the windows, and a handsome waiter to boot;) Details always set the ambiance of the experience.

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Once we were done basking in the incredibleness of our starters, it was time for course two!  We both opted for the roast lamb, even though apparently thIMG_5365[1]ey are famous for their rabbit dishes… Nailed it though!!! once again… Man we are so good at this.  The meat was barely hanging onto the bone, which made it that much easier to get in our mouths.  Literally, was so flavorful, tender and delicious.  It was accompanied with some roast potatoes and salad.  I don’t eat a lot of meat, but having meat and potatoes, is like a piece of IMG_5352home.. Gives me a moment to reminisce about when I was growing up.  Haha, nothing like a good ol flashback;) That meal was a total winner!  We thought about dessert, but there was no way, no possible way… Can you say ‘Stuffed’.  Although there was a great selection of homemade desserts, from cheesecake, tiramisu, chocolate mousse cake, to banoffee cake, just to name a few.  You will never leave this place hungry. By time we left, the place had emptied out quite a bit, just perfect for me to snap a few pics.  From what I am told, and what I observed with my own peepers, this place is always busy.  I can say for sure, I am not surprised!

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The fun didn’t stop there though!! After we finished up at this gem of a restaurant, we ventured on up the mountain, driving on the little loopy road, right to the top, where there is this little cafe with the most spectacular view! It’s not really a place to go for an amazing meal, but it’s a fantastic spot to go and have a coffee and take in the stunning view of Palma.  Once again, being winter, its quiet, so we had the whole place to ourselves! Like our own private venue.

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WOW!! is exactly what I thought while I was gazing out the window.  I mean look at that would you, that is a vision if you ask me;)

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We oIMG_4337rdered a couple “Cafe con Leche’s”, and just took it all in.  So much so, that we had to invite another friend, this is something to be shared! I am sure you agree:) And we sat there till the sun went down, way down, till it was gone, and the sky was black, and PTown was lit right up!  I mean really, how can you not want to embrace every moment of that amazingness, it doesn’t get much better than this! What can I say, another epic day in Mallorca, and absolutely unforgettable, that is nothing less than one I would highly recommend!! Never a dull moment around here;)

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