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.


  • 293. Summer is Upon Us..

    4th July. This is going to be one long post! (I'm allowed 300 posts with my Blogger account) so each post from now on will cover 6 months of ramblings from the... Read more

    Posted on 04 July 2022 EXPAT, TRAVEL
  • 292. Next Stop? Spring!

    292. Next Stop? Spring!

    3rd February. The annual bright spot for me on the sporting calendar is fast-approaching - yes, the annual Guinness Six Nations rugby tournament kicks off this... Read more

    Posted on 03 February 2022 EXPAT, TRAVEL
  • 291. November Rides Again

    291. November Rides Again

    2nd November. We've just finished the final few jobs that remained from the list that we started 14 years ago. The stairs and the upstairs landing have been... Read more

    Posted on 02 November 2021 EXPAT, TRAVEL
  • 290. Summertime

    290. Summertime

    7th September. Sad to hear yesterday of the demise of that great French actor - Jean-Paul Belmondo - who for many epitomised the charm of the Frenchman with... Read more

    Posted on 07 September 2021 EXPAT, TRAVEL
  • 289. And After Winter Folweth Grene May*.

    289. After Winter Folweth Grene May*.

    5th May 2021. History buffs will have noted that it's 200 years to the day that Napoléon died in exile at Saint Helena - six years after his defeat at Waterloo. Read more

    Posted on 05 May 2021 EXPAT, TRAVEL
  • 288. Back in the Saddle..

    14th February. It's been a while since I last put stubby finger to keyboard.. but today seems like a good day to kick off again with some random reflections. Read more

    Posted on 17 February 2021 EXPAT, TRAVEL
  • 287. New Year Strikes Again..

    287. Year Strikes Again..

    2nd January. I hope you all had a happy New Year in spite of the restrictions wherever you might be. It's probably a sign of age but I was glad to pull the... Read more

    Posted on 02 January 2021 EXPAT, TRAVEL
  • 286. 'Twas the Season to Be Jolly..

    286. 'Twas Season Jolly..

    3rd December. We enjoyed an unexpectedly moving evening here in town a year or two ago - a riverside Chinese lantern festival. Watch this in wonder - like the... Read more

    Posted on 03 December 2020 EXPAT, TRAVEL
  • 285. A Timely Reminder..

    2nd November. We (finally) had a warm weekend here.. with temps in the low to mid twenties. So - leaves were raked up, the grass was mown, trees and bushes... Read more

    Posted on 02 November 2020 EXPAT, TRAVEL
  • 284. Especially When the October Wind

    284. Especially When October Wind

    2nd October. Never has Dylan Thomas' poem about October seemed more relevant.. Over the space of a handful of days, we moved inexorably from a "shorts and... Read more

    Posted on 02 October 2020 EXPAT, TRAVEL
  • 283. September Morn..

    283. September Morn..

    7th September. I just caught a snatch of this piece (one of my father's favourites) on the radio and luckily the announcer gave its name: Chopin, Les Sylphides ... Read more

    Posted on 07 September 2020 EXPAT, TRAVEL
  • 282. It's Scientifically Proven That ...

    282. It's Scientifically Proven That

    3rd August. ... people who have more birthdays live longer. Today's special offer! If you're confined, in 'lock down' or simply stuck at home - why not relax... Read more

    Posted on 03 August 2020 EXPAT, TRAVEL
  • 281. Braced for the Invasion!

    281. Braced Invasion!

    6th July. We (baby boomers) were lucky to have established ourselves here in 2007. It had been clear to me for some time that the extreme south west of France... Read more

    Posted on 06 July 2020 EXPAT, TRAVEL
  • 280. Summer's Here (almost)

    280. Summer's Here (almost)

    2nd June. Gary Larson is one of my favourite cartoonists - and here's why:Very few makers of videos about Biarritz manage to escape the sea front - but here's... Read more

    Posted on 02 June 2020 EXPAT, TRAVEL
  • 279. Into the Unknown..

    279. Into Unknown..

    1st May. As I approached the Place de la Liberté in front of the Town Hall this morning I spotted about 10 people conducting a ritual "May Day" demonstration... Read more

    Posted on 02 May 2020 EXPAT, TRAVEL
  • 278. April is the Kindest Month.*

    278. April Kindest Month.*

    1st April. One of my Basque friends has often spoken to me of the "abandoned village" of Aritzakun (here between Elizondo and Bidarray) in Navarre (in the... Read more

    Posted on 01 April 2020 EXPAT, TRAVEL
  • 277. The First Green Shoots of Spring

    277. First Green Shoots Spring

    2nd March. A real blowy and blustery day today.. I might just take another trip to the coast to see what the sea is up to. We were out in the car yesterday and... Read more

    Posted on 02 March 2020 EXPAT, TRAVEL
  • 276. A New Day Dawns..

    276. Dawns..

    3rd February. The rugby world was stood on its head yesterday when England (2nd in the recent Rugby World Cup) was taken to the cleaners in just about every... Read more

    Posted on 03 February 2020 EXPAT, TRAVEL
  • 275. The Hindsight Year

    275. Hindsight Year

    2nd January 2020. Happy New Year! I can't believe we're already 20 years on from the Millennium. Remember all the media uncertainty and hype about Y2K and what... Read more

    Posted on 02 January 2020 EXPAT, TRAVEL
  • 274. December Again..!

    274. December Again..!

    4th December. In talking to people here who went on school trips to England, it appears that just as I have an aversion to andouillette and tête de veau... Read more

    Posted on 04 December 2019 EXPAT, TRAVEL