One of the things I did during one of the Roxy and Quiksilver Pro lay days was going with Harriet’s family on a quick trip to Saint Jean de Luz, a town south of France and near Spain (we also made a quick stop to Spain, mostly to look at surfboard outlet stores) to eat and explore. Here are some of the pretty things we saw on a day in this beach town.
Since it was already autumn, most establishments were closed and there were hardly any people on the beach. So, it surprised me a lot when I googled this place and saw that the Grande Plage was literally full of hundreds of people during the season.
We ate some seafood in one of the restaurants near the city hall. I got some prawns as appetizer, baby squid for lunch, and a créme dessert. But it was pretty funny to see some fried sardines served fancily, since in the Philippines, this is technically buwad or tuyo and is considered a poor man’s dish.
It was also surprising to learn that this town has a quite a history – Maria Theresa of Spain married King Louis XIV in the church in this town in 1660 to end the long-standing war between France and Spain. I was also surprised to find a statue of Christ as a infant, which looked like the Sto. Niño de Cebu. To seal the peace and stop further fighting, the doors of the church were actually closed off and people normally enter by the entrance.
Saint Jean de Luz was very nice town that needed exploring. I also had the chance to visit the cities of Bayonne and Biarritz but definitely lacked time to explore. I certainly look forward to seeing more of Basque country.