Tag: Basque country

One from the Vaults: The Basque Country- Vitoria-Gasteiz

Yes, I’m still wallowing in the Basque Country, this time I’m in its Green Capital Vitoria-Gasteiz. We’ve been visiting the Basque country at least once every year since 2010, but not this year. I’m finding it hard to come to terms with this and… Continue Reading “One from the Vaults: The Basque Country- Vitoria-Gasteiz”

One from the vaults: Postcards from Pays Basque IV

This is the last post in my first series of Postcards from the Pays Basque which were written in 2010. Saturday morning we rode down to the start of the Classica San Sebastian and secured a position as close as possible to the sign-on… Continue Reading “One from the vaults: Postcards from Pays Basque IV”

One from the vaults: Postcards from Pays Basque III

This is the third in this series of posts about our maiden trip to the Basque Country in 2010 which was specifically to watch what has become one of my favourite cycle races. Sadly, I wasn’t be there this year but hopefully next. For… Continue Reading “One from the vaults: Postcards from Pays Basque III”

One from the vaults: Postcards from Pays Basque II

This post follows on from last Friday’s and continues our first vacation in the Basque Country back in 2010. I’m feeling particularly nostalgic as this year’s San Sebastian Classic race is being held tomorrow and we’re not there, again! My beloved and I have… Continue Reading “One from the vaults: Postcards from Pays Basque II”

One from the vaults: Postcards from Pays Basque I

Today we’re heading back to our maiden visit to the Basque Country in 2010. Sadly circumstances have prevented me visiting for the past couple of years. Consequently revisiting my many posts is probably as close as I’ll get this year. Of course, many of… Continue Reading “One from the vaults: Postcards from Pays Basque I”

The origins of the BBQ

Our BBQ at the Chateau got me thinking about the origins of barbecue culture. Because humankind has no doubt been cooking meat since the discovery of fire, it’s impossible to point to any one person or culture that “invented” the barbecue method of cooking.… Continue Reading “The origins of the BBQ”

French Basque Country: Biarritz

I have waxed lyrical many a time about the Spanish Basque Country. Now’s the time to bang the drum for the Basque Country in France which I love just as much as its Spanish neighbour. It’s not just about beautiful landscapes and great food… Continue Reading “French Basque Country: Biarritz”

Itzulia: I should be there!

One of my favourite bike stage races takes place in the Spanish Basque Country, usually after Easter, sandwiched between two great Classics’ races, the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix. I saw the latter live in 2011, but for five years in succession (2012 –… Continue Reading “Itzulia: I should be there!”

Hurrah – Return of the Carrots!

In its heyday (1998-2013), Euskaltel-Euskadi was a legendary team of mountain goats guaranteed to animate uphill stages in any bike race. Nicknamed the #Carrots because of their bright orange jerseys, the team provided social media with plenty of ammunition and before its demise at… Continue Reading “Hurrah – Return of the Carrots!”

The Basque Country: Vitoria-Gasteiz

We’ve been visiting the Basque country at least once every year since 2010, but not this year. I’m finding it hard to come to terms with this and keep looking at our respective diaries to see if I can squeeze in a week-end here… Continue Reading “The Basque Country: Vitoria-Gasteiz”