St Jean-de-Luz is a quiet fishing town and, in season, a busy tourist resort. The natural harbour protects the shoreline, making it one of the safest beaches for swimming along this stretch of coast ..
An important historical event took place in St Jean : the wedding of King Louis XIV and the Infanta Maria Teresa of Spain in 1660, sealing the long awaited alliance between France and Spain, ” only to embroil the two countries ultimately in the War of the Spanish Succession 1701-1714 ”
The wedding took place at the Eglise St-Jean-Baptiste, which is still the “biggest and best of the great Basque churches, a triple-galleried marvel with a glittering 17th century alter-piece and an atmosphere of gaiety and fervour.”
The gate through which the Sun King led his bride was immediately walled up by masons, so that no-one else would pass !! Mark was always so knowledgeable with his explanations/story telling – he was marvellous!
Magnificent organ and wooden tiers ..
We followed the sound of Spanish music and found ourselves in the town square where young girls were dancing. The pink building in the background is where the Infanta of Spain, the future Queen of France, stayed until her marriage to King Louis XIV
We made our way for a quick peek at the beach, passing a glorious corner building ..
I decided to try a Gâteaux Basque, a slightly sweet tart. I chose pistachio, altho’ slightly too sweet for me, it was delicious nonetheless ..
Time to make our way to the rendezvous point for the bus. Thought of Elaine, our daughter, when we passed this shop .. she would have definitely gone inside 🙂
Cheeses and wines .. perfect combination !!!
I popped into this pharmacy to replace my then-finished body lotion .. my skin was very dry on the tour. Thank goodness I got there just before the queue formed! It was a tiny shop and these were the local lunch-time shoppers ..
Rendezvous with the bus was near the harbour ..
We board the bus for Bordeaux …