Look no further if you want to read about France's best-kept secret. An Anglo-French couple live their dream in the Pays Basque amid the beaches, the mountains, the strong Basque identity, the friendly people - I could go on! Having travelled extensively, the totally unique character of the Pays Basque attracts me like nowhere else. No regrets about moving here.


  • The Compleat Anglo in the Pays Basque http://piperade-thecompleatanglo.blogspot.fr/

    An Anglo-French couple - passionate about the Pays Basque - finally realised their dream and moved there. Accompany them as they explore the mountains, coasts, beaches, villages, wine, food, fetes and the Basques themselves.


  • 262. Countdown to Christmas..

    262. Countdown Christmas..

    8th December. Walked to town this afternoon to pick up a few things for Christmas.. it was so warm that we stopped off at this café on the banks of the Nive... Read more

    Posted on 08 December 2018 EXPAT, TRAVEL
  • 261. Autumn Marches On.

    261. Autumn Marches

    1st November. We've just had a few heavy rain showers blow through out of the Bay of Biscay - so I'm hoping that this isn't a foretaste of how the rest of... Read more

    Posted on 01 November 2018 EXPAT, TRAVEL
  • 260. Off Season

    260. Season

    2nd October. Out on my ebike this afternoon - along the banks of the Adour until we hit the coast - then a left turn on to the Boulevard des Plages to parallel... Read more

    Posted on 02 October 2018 EXPAT, TRAVEL
  • 259. That's It, Then.

    259. That's Then.

    13th September. This is the first video in a series that describes how someone out in the Canadian wilderness built himself a log cabin.. It promises to be... Read more

    Posted on 17 September 2018 EXPAT, TRAVEL
  • 258. Bon Voyage!

    258. Voyage!

    6th August. There's something about Paris that lends itself to black and white photography.. I first visited "The City of Light" in in the mid-sixties and, to m... Read more

    Posted on 06 August 2018 EXPAT, TRAVEL
  • 257. Summer's Here.. at Last!

    4th July. First of all, Happy Fourth of July to Americans everywhere celebrating their National Day.. It's always good to start the day off with goose bumps! Read more

    Posted on 04 July 2018 EXPAT, TRAVEL
  • 256. It is the Month of June..

    256. Month June..

    .. the month of leaves and roses, When pleasant sights salute the eyes and pleasant scents the noses. 19th June. In a perfect world, the above quote would be... Read more

    Posted on 28 June 2018 EXPAT, TRAVEL
  • 255. Nutty in May

    255. Nutty

    5th May. We took Bulldozaire (aka Nutty) along to his second dog training session this morning.. It's held out in a field about 20 minutes from here. Read more

    Posted on 05 May 2018 EXPAT, TRAVEL
  • 254. Spring Has Sprung..

    254. Spring Sprung..

    Hibiscus 2nd April. We've been busy in the garden tidying things up after the last long wet three months. I noticed the wisteria (known as - you'd never guess... Read more

    Posted on 02 April 2018 EXPAT, TRAVEL
  • 253. Two Down, One to Go!

    253. Down,

    A rare sight! 2nd March. Those of you with long memories may remember that in previous years I've had to visit a rhumatologue (a rheumatologist) to have my knee... Read more

    Posted on 02 March 2018 EXPAT, TRAVEL
  • 252. A February Face..

    2nd January. We were up in Bordeaux on Wednesday for the day.. However, the two hour journey means we won't be making a habit of it unfortunately - it's just... Read more

    Posted on 02 February 2018 EXPAT, TRAVEL
  • 251. Another Day, Another Euro..

    251. Another Day, Euro..

    1st January 2018. Good morning to all.. I hope you're feeling fine after a late night last night. First of all, whoever and wherever you are, Happy New Year fro... Read more

    Posted on 01 January 2018 EXPAT, TRAVEL
  • 250. Christmas Here We Come!

    250. Christmas Here Come!

    7th December. France is in mourning following the death of Johnny Hallyday who died yesterday aged 74. He was a true showbiz phenomenon and he stood astride... Read more

    Posted on 07 December 2017 EXPAT, TRAVEL
  • 249. November Already..!

    249. November Already..!

    3rd November. I once wrote a blog post about how it's commonplace to see people here walking home with a fresh crispy baguette, still warm from the oven, and... Read more

    Posted on 03 November 2017 EXPAT, TRAVEL
  • 248. The Pup!

    248. Pup!

    6th October. Nutty, our new cocker spaniel pup, is growing while-U-watch! Here he is in the garden earlier this afternoon pondering the meaning of life (or mayb... Read more

    Posted on 06 October 2017 EXPAT, TRAVEL
  • 247. September Showers

    247. September Showers

    1st September. "Liebestraume" is a great Django Reinhardt track - and it comes from the soundtrack of a favourite Woody Allen film of mine - "Sweet and Lowdown"... Read more

    Posted on 01 September 2017 EXPAT, TRAVEL
  • 246. Deep in Deepest France

    246. Deep Deepest France

    2nd August. Just as the Fêtes de Bayonne kicked off last week, we escaped up to Salers in the Auvergne. For many people, Salers is famous for one thing: its... Read more

    Posted on 02 August 2017 EXPAT, TRAVEL
  • 245. Traditional French Restaurants

    I'm looking to build up a list of affordable restaurants from across all of France that serve food cooked in the traditional manner - using fresh ingredients,... Read more

    Posted on 26 July 2017 EXPAT, TRAVEL
  • 244. Almost a Roar from the Lions

    244. Almost Roar from Lions

    1st July. As much as I'm a passionate British Irish Lions supporter, and however thankful I am for that win in the 2nd Test against New Zealand, I have to... Read more

    Posted on 01 July 2017 EXPAT, TRAVEL
  • 243. Perfect Morning in Saint-Jean-de-Luz

    243. Perfect Morning Saint-Jean-de-Luz

    1st June. We went off early this morning to buy some lawn edging (ooh, the excitement of it!) from a garden centre outside Bayonne the size of Rutland - and... Read more

    Posted on 01 June 2017 EXPAT, TRAVEL