my favorite new place to watch the sun set

Remember when I went to Europe?

My friends and I spent a few days in the Bordeaux countryside we needed a relaxing weekend at the beach.  We sufficiently filled our need of vineyards and chateaus for the week so the next logical destination was a beach. So that's exactly how we found the next step on our itinerary - Biarritz, France.

our first afternoon in Biarritz

Biarritz is this small beach town located about a 4 hour train ride south of Paris on the Bay of Biscay. It's where surfing was introduced into France and will likely serve as our fall vacation spot again for 2014. The three of us fell in love with this tiny town with its winding cobblestone streets, turquoise blue water and mix of Spanish and French cuisine.

On our first night, I made my friends rush down to the see the sun set because it was steps from our hotel. We literally rushed down several flights of cement stairs to make it all the way to water. All summer long in Cleveland if I'm on my way home, I stop at a small beach in Rocky River and watch the sun set from the beach and rocks - I have the Instagram photos to prove it! We stood there with our feet in the water, laughed at our view in complete amazement of the ocean and both decided, "this isn't a North Carolina sun set."

Our beach weekend was just that - sun time. We moved between the public beach to tour through the town then back to our hotel to lay and read at our rooftop pool and drink Kir Royales, which I fell in love with, all afternoon long.

Biarritz beach view

ocean for days

Rooftop view at sunset

Told you it wasn't a North Carolina sunset

The weekend we spent in Biarritz may have been my favorite time of the vacation. It was the part I was most looking forward to and didn't disappoint in the three days we spent basking in the sun reading our books. Most afternoons were spent with long times of silence (which you know isn't typical) but I think we each soaked in as much of the beach views as we could, knowing it was going to be a long time until we make it back to beautiful Biarritz.

The three of us did agree that this could be our new "North Carolina" beach vacation. After all, it's only a six hour flight and four hour train ride south to this breathtaking beach town.

Only if we go next time, surfing lessons are a must. We can't leave until we try it.


Katelin said...

& now i'd really like to go on vacation, sweet mercy that's gorgeous.

Fizzgig said...

don't you wonder how people who live in such amazing places can possibly take it for granted? What great photos, and for sure, amazing memories you made there!

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