Charles de Gaule is big and dirty and there aren't anywhere near enough seats. We spent far too much time here. When the flight timetables changed for our second flight we had 5 1/2 hours between flights so had hoped to blast into Paris for the day. Alas, it was not to be. We couldn't check our luggage in early and so two hours were wasted while we tried to find out where the luggage store was. Four people gave us three different answers. By the time we found the right place, and the line, we would have had about an hour and a half in Paris, sandwiched between 45minute train rides, plus baggage collection lines at the end of the day. So we were faced with a four hour wait. We found: expensive water, a severe lack of seating and a lot of Africans. I guess with so many French-speaking countries in Africa, it must be a popular destination. We also found the Eiffel Tower:
We saw the real thing as we took off in our orange EasyJet plane. We arrived in Biarritz after a very long day.
First impressions have been pretty exciting. It's so green here compared to Greece. Still very hilly though. The drive from the airport was through lush fields and leafy green trees. Our hotel is a find! We are right in le centre-ville (town centre) above a surprisingly quiet pub. Plus we have double glazed windows which makes Jim a very happy boy.
We can see the ocean from the street outside our hotel! All the little shops and cafes are right outside and an epicurie (delicatessen) is on the other side of the road. So exciting!
We are still on Greek time where people don't eat breakfast until almost lunchtime, but here lunch was well and truly on at 11am. The tapas was out along with the wine. Our breakfast adventure this morning involved trying to buy spoons in the supermarket using mime and eating Special K and raspberries out of yoghurt cups. But we did it overlooking the beach.
After brekkie, we walked from Grande Plage (where all the tourists go and a surfer's nightmare)
The sailing clubJust a short walk south of us is le Plage de la cote des Basques, where they hold the women's longboarding comp. Far less crowded and EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!
First beef in agesIt is very laid back here and we will be here for 2 weeks. We are looking forward to getting in the grove, improving our non-existent French and finding our way around.
It's so much cooler than Greece. Low twenties today, sunny and we don't feel like we're being crisped. This is the beach at the end of our street: