3rd November 2010. It's hard to believe that, as we speak, kids in the UK are putting together small arsenals of fireworks and constructing bonfires ready for the big night on Friday evening - November 5th. I've got the window wide open as I type this and the sun's shining..
The other day we went for a blowy walk along the Sentier Littoral - or coastal footpath.
We walked from Bidart to the former whaling village of Guéthary & back - the walk took us along the cliff tops before descending to beach level.
There was a lively sea running with great rollers rearing up in a foamy mass on an offshore reef before surging in to pound the shoreline.. Some of the large houses built on the cliffs were magnificent - but I'm not sure I'd feel 100% secure inside one of them with a strong westerly gale off the Bay of Biscay gusting against those overhanging Basque roofs.
|Looking across at Spain from Bidart (St Jean de Luz is off to the left)|
It's worth digging around your local wine merchant to find a bottle or two of Madiran - it is 'out there'. The one you won't find is Irouleguy.. unless you are lucky enough to live near Guildford or Warminster!
Both of these wines really open up if they are served at room temperature - remembering, of course, that the ambient temperature in SW France is a notch or three above that in the UK. In England I used to park mine in the airing cupboard for a few hours.