1. Basking in the Pays Basque
    Posted On: October 13th, 2010

    Basking in the Pays Basque

    There can be few more pleasurable ways to spend a September Saturday afternoon than soaking up the sun and sounds at the Stade Aguilera in Biarritz. Fortified by Pascal & Isabelle Labasse’s Bearnais brunch where we feasted on local specialities of cooked Bayonne Ham, Andouille (spicy tripe sausage) and Piperade (tomatoes & chillies), washed down […]
  2. A Glass Half Full in the Land of Pleasures
    Posted On: October 5th, 2010

    A Glass Half Full in the Land of Pleasures

    (This post was written by Jonathan Ray, his final article for the Saturday Telegraph, published 2nd October 2010). They breed them tough in France's Sud Ouest. The Pays Basque-Béarn is serious rugby-playing, bullfighting country and, as I discover, serious eating and drinking country, too. I am here with my old mates Jason Yapp and Tom […]
  3. Pyrenean Peaks
    Posted On: June 10th, 2010

    Pyrenean Peaks

    Having developed an unhealthy interest in cycling the legendary peaks of the Tour de France over the past few years and having my friend Paul Bottrill entered in to this year's Etape du Tour (see August 2009 posting 'Etape in Cotes du Rhone'), I chose to spend a long Bank Holiday weekend on 'recon' in […]

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