MAY 2015

FFD’s wonderful trip to the resort city of Biarritz, France was what our ED, Jack Green, called a “Pinch Me” experience: it seemed like a dream.  We were first hosted by members of the Bordeaux club for two days, where we toured the St.Emilion vineyard, and several other popular attractions.  We then moved on to Biarritz, a stunning seaside resort area in the southwest corner of France, where our hosts planned a variety of activities including visits to Bayonne, Saint Jean de Luz, La Rhune (their mini-Pikes Peak) and nearby unique Basque villages. We added our own extension to Spain, starting in San Sebastian, and driving to Madrid with overnight stops in several scenic towns – Bilbao, Burgos, Segovia, Toledo - on the route and finishing up in amazing Barcelona. This was a spectacular add-on to a fascinating trip, a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.  


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  • Ah, the staff of life in France: CHEESE
  • Voila! The cloche comes off! Marvelous presentation at Le Cordon Bleu (aka Biarritz Culinary Institute).
  • Bet you're sorry you didn't buy this, aren't you?
  • This ship is connected to the weather vane atop the church so that parishioners could monitor the weather during mass.
  • These trees are pollarded in the fall so that they will be thicker in the summer and provide more shade. (St. Jean de Luz, Basque town)
  • Host Jean-Pierre and his beloved Tiki Bar
  • Susan and the dog negotiate for a place at the table. The dog won.
  • Grace is always happiest when a man puts his arm around her.
  • Linda expanded her wardrobe with several smart market purchases.
  • It's the "Dork-cats"! All you need is a dorky hat!
  • And we receive our first day's marching orders from our host Jean-Charles.
  • Jack with his new best friend, Iron Man, in Biarritz
  • Nancy and Steve picnicking with Biarritz hosts Marie-Christine and Max
  • The shell symbol worn and used by pilgrims on the Saint-Jacques de Compostello trail
  • The unions were protesting in the rain in Bordeaux...
  • Anne and Bordeaux host Xavier on his mini-farm with beautiful fields and fields of Lilies of the Valley, to be picked and sold on May Day.
  • Cool day for an outdoor lunch in Bordeaux, but gorgeous countryside. Laurie gets best hat award.
  • Pat and Jackie enjoying the sun in Bordeaux...
  • LA SAGRADA FAMILIA in Barcelona, Spain
  • FFD singing our rousing version of "She'll Be Comin' Round the Mountain" at Biarritz Farewell party
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