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.


  • 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
  • 273. "In November You Begin to Know...

    See below for the rest of the quote. 2nd November. Later this morning: How wrong could I be!!! I'll stick to weather forecasting from now on..☺ 8am. The day of... Read more

    Posted on 02 November 2019 EXPAT, TRAVEL
  • 272. Tiptoeing into Autumn

    272. Tiptoeing into Autumn

    3rd October. "I don't believe it" Dept.. I was returning from taking the pooch for a run through the woods at nearby Pignada this morning when two things... Read more

    Posted on 03 October 2019 EXPAT, TRAVEL
  • 271. September in the Pays Basque

    271. September Pays Basque

    6th September. Life has been increasingly hectic here with the imminent approach of one of the highlights of the year - yes, it's time for the annual... Read more

    Posted on 06 September 2019 EXPAT, TRAVEL
  • 270. Maximus Augustus Temperaturae

    2nd August. I went out on my ebike this afternoon for a short ride up the Nive as far as Villefranque (at the bottom of the map) and return. My right knee is... Read more

    Posted on 02 August 2019 EXPAT, TRAVEL
  • 269. Summer Afternoon *

    269. Summer Afternoon

    1st July. My favourite dog-walking field behind the beach at Anglet was invaded the other day by a hundred or so white vans and caravans - belonging to a... Read more

    Posted on 02 July 2019 EXPAT, TRAVEL
  • 268. The Longest Day

    268. Longest

    1st June. At last, summer's here.. Looking up at the blue sky this morning, large numbers of swallows were darting around the rooftops with their... Read more

    Posted on 01 June 2019 EXPAT, TRAVEL
  • 267. Nutty in May

    267. Nutty

    2nd May. We'll be singing this wonderful piece by Gabriel Fauré - his Cantique de Jean Racine (written when he was just 19 years old) - in our June concert... Read more

    Posted on 03 May 2019 EXPAT, TRAVEL
  • 266. Hello Spring!

    266. Hello Spring!

    The Nive with the cathedral in the background 2nd April. I forgot to mention that on Saturday morning I went out on my ebike through the centre of town and out... Read more

    Posted on 02 April 2019 EXPAT, TRAVEL
  • 265. Fun and Games at San Sebastian..

    265. Games Sebastian..

    3rd March. The Spanish authorities gave their blessing to this bizarre high risk episode a day or two ago when a fire fighting Canadair amphibian dropped in ove... Read more

    Posted on 03 March 2019 EXPAT, TRAVEL
  • 264. Into February with a Bang!

    264. Into February with Bang!

    2nd February. What a thunderous opening match for the start of the 2019 Guinness 6 Nations Rugby tournament as France hosted Wales in Paris in very wet... Read more

    Posted on 02 February 2019 EXPAT, TRAVEL
  • 263. What Will This Year Bring?

    263. What Will This Year Bring?

    2nd January. This beautifully restored Bentley straight six engine is from a Mark VI model (1950-ish). I could look at this for hours! Read more

    Posted on 02 January 2019 EXPAT, TRAVEL
  • 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