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8.04.2016

Surfing Biarritz, exploring Saint-Jean de Luz & gourmet dinner at Briketenia

Surf France

Our second day in Biarritz obviously started with a surf session. We went on the Grande Plage, the main beach, rented two surf boards & spent the following 3 hours into the waves!

Surf in France

Surfing Biarritz, France

Surf in Biarritz, France

Btw, they're super kind at the surf shop on the Grande Plage.

Hungry for all the surfing, we went to a nice place we noticed the day before for a yummy sandwich.

La Prosciutteria, Biarritz

La Prosciutteria is an Italian deli store, where they prepare fresh sandwiches on demand with a special Italian bread & you can chose from a large variety of meats, cheese & vegetables coming from their own farm in Tuscany.

La Prosciutteria, Biarritz

La Prosciutteria, Biarritz

La Prosciutteria, Biarritz

La Prosciutteria, Biarritz

Our strength regained & keen to explore more the surroundings, we rented a scooter & off we went.

Stopping here & there to admire the view 

Côte Basques France

the surfers 

Surfers in the Côte Basques France

Surfers in the Côte Basques France

& the people paragliding

Paragliding in the Côte Basques France

Paragliding in the Côte Basques France

Paragliding in the Côte Basques France

Paragliding in the Côte Basques France

We eventually arrive to our final destination Saint-Jean de Luz, which we heard to be a very cute town.

Saint-Jean de Luz, France

We wandered the little streets

Saint-Jean de Luz, France

Saint-Jean de Luz, France

Visited Saint-Jean-Baptiste church, where June the 9th 1660 King Louis XIV married Maria Theresa, the Infant of Spain.

Saint-Jean-Baptiste church in Saint-Jean de Luz, France

Saint-Jean-Baptiste church in Saint-Jean de Luz, France

We walked along the beach

Beach in Saint-Jean de Luz, France

Along the beach in Saint-Jean de Luz, France

Saint-Jean de Luz beach is different from the other beaches nearby, for it is protected from the waves by three sea walls, resulting in a calmer & relaxing place, suitable for all the family to swim & play in the water. 

Beach in Saint-Jean de Luz, France

Beach in Saint-Jean de Luz, France

Beach in Saint-Jean de Luz, France

The beach is surrounded by beautiful houses

Beautiful houses along the beach in Saint-Jean de Luz, France

Beautiful door in Saint-Jean de Luz, France

We passed the port & we finished our walk through Saint-Jean de Luz with a drink in the main square.

Port, Saint-Jean de Luz, France

Main square, Saint-Jean de Luz, France

We also tasted the mouchou, a local biscuit, similar to a macaron, but softer. I actually liked it most than macarons.

Mouchou, the macaron from the French Pays Basques

We just had the time to go back to the hotel to change ourselves, that it was time to go out again.

friend of mine who lived in the region, suggested Briketenia, a Gourmet restaurant with Michelin starred chef, located in Guethary.

& that's where we went for dinner to celebrate our first wedding anniversary <3

Briketenia, a gourmet restaurant in Guethary, France

We had the season menu, which consists of a starter, a fish based main dish plus a meat based main dish & dessert. Everything was delicious, but for me it was a little bit too much, I should have had only one main dish, as I ate so much that it took some of the pleasure of the dinner away.

Anyway, we started with a champagne cocktail & some nibbles

Champagne cocktail and nibbles

Briketenia, Michelin starred restaurant in Guethary, France

Followed by a yummy gaspacho soup

Gaspacho soup

To continue with our starters, confit trout with soya, asparaguses & wasabi for me

Confit trout

& fois gras (French people can be barbarian sometimes, I know) with red fruits for hubby

Fois gras

Then it was time for gifts!! *excited emoticon here*

The first year we were together I offered hubby a photo book to remember all the things we did during the passed year. Since then, I'm offering him a photo book every year.  
I include photos of our travels, but also of the little things of our everyday life, work life, etc... I think that when we will be grey & old & we'll have dozens of those books, it'll be so nice to look back at them :)


As it was our 1st wedding anniversary, we decided to make each other a beautiful gift. So I offered him a pair of Cartier cuff links. You can't see them well in the picture, but they're so beautiful. They have blue stones & I made them engraved: on the first one there's written "1 year" & on the second one "Many to come" :)


& I had a pair of Louboutin!!!!! :))) I had a little note with a quiz & the answer was Louboutin & then we'll go together to choose them. It was the first time that hubby didn't choose a gift on his own, but I'm so glad he didn't as it'll be fun to go together to try & choose my dream, red soles shoes :)


Let's back to dinner, shall we? Our fish arrived & it was delicious - though I cannot remember which fish was - & look at the beautiful shell-shaped dish too


Briketenia, Michelin starred restaurant in Guethary, France
Followed by the meat - cannot remember exactly what was it neither, sorry ;)



Then you can have optional cheese, before dessert, that obviously hubby wanted. A waiter will then arrive with a huge cheese platter, from which you can choose the ones you wanna taste.

Cheese platter

Cheese platter

Cheese platter

& then dessert arrives. A wonderful chocolate affair!


Chocolate dessert

As if it was not enough, after the dessert another dessert arrived! A sort of a coconut mousse & lollipops


Coconut mousse and lollipops

So that was a special, wonderful dinner! :) if you're looking for a fancy restaurant in the Pays Basques you should definitely give Briketenia a try. In addition to the delicious food, waiters are really kind & you'll enjoy a beautiful view over the countryside from the windows.



I'd like to say that after all this food we at least had a digestive walk to the hotel, but we were actually quite far & took our scooter instead! ;)

More Biarritz adventures tomorrow! <3

15 comments:

  1. Looks like a lovely new town I've never heard of! Thanks for introducing it! #WanderfulWednesday

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    1. it's a lovely place indeed! :)
      xx
      Umberta

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  2. What a lovely idea for a wedding present - and a place to celebrate. I do like Biarritz and have heard St Jean de Luz is gorgeous though I haven't been. #citytripping

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    1. Wedding anniversary present I mean!

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    2. Oh thanks it took me so long to find the perfect wedding anniversary gift ;)
      Saint-Jean de Luz is very nice, though I preferred Biarritz!!
      Have a nice day!
      xx
      Umberta

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  3. This looks like a really great trip! I love how vivid your photos are from the trip! Thanks for sharing with us at #bloggybrunch!

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    1. Thanks!! :)) & thank you for organizing bloggy brunch!! :D
      xxx
      Umberta

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  4. I'd love to go to Biaritz-it been on my radar for ages now and looking at your photos Injnuw why. Beautiful. Happy wedding anniversary! I love your photo book idea. The food looks delicious! Enjoy your shoes! #citytripping

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    1. Thanks :)
      Biarritz really worth a visit... & even a second visit, I want to go back already!!! ahah!

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  5. Happy Anniversary! It looks like you had a wonderful time. I visited Biarritz and St Jean de Luz years ago and I think it's about time to go again. Thanks for sharing your special trip.

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    1. Thanks Margo :)
      Yup I had a very good time in Biarritz & surroundings, hope you'll have a wonderful time as well if you go again! :)

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  6. What an amazing meal you had for your wedding anniversary; congratulations by the way! Great gifts too. Lovely to see your photos of St Jean de Luz as we only drove through this summer barely stopping. It's such a beautiful town, I love the Basque architecture with the colourful shutters and beams on the white buildings. Thanks for linking to #AllAboutFrance

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    1. Thanks Phoebe :) & thanks for organizing #AllAboutFrance :))

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  7. I do not know this part of France at all and I think now, after reading your post and Phoebe's, I might need to head down there sometime. Happy Anniversary too! #AllAboutFrance

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    1. Thank you!! :) And yes I didn't know this part of France neither before this summer and it really worth a trip!! :))

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