Nestled in French Basque Country, Saint-Jean-de-Luz is a fishing port and resort town just minutes away from France’s border with Spain.
When Shawn, his parents and I weren’t tempted by what was in Saint-Jean-de-Luz’s ground-level windows – most notably the tempting tarts of golden-brown known locally as Gâteaux Basques – we focused our attention upon the buildings’ upper-level windows, and their delightful flourishes.
Many of Saint-Jean-de-Luz’s buildings are unified by their crisp-white bases. From there, they’re adorned with shutters of all shapes, sizes, and hues, making them look like doll houses come to life.
Some of the homes’ balconies are fashioned out of twisted iron whereas others feature wooden balconies sporting linear designs. Half-timbered flourishes, grey stonework and red-clay rooftops also add finishing touches.
Where in the World?
- Are you headed to French or Spanish Basque Country, and need inspiration? Please peruse my posts featuring a walking tour of Bilbao, visits to the Guggenheim Museum, and Rioja Alavesa wine country.
- Also see the Basque Country Tourism website.
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