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Steve from Mendocino
There are seven Basque provinces, four in Spain and three in France. St. Jean Pied de Port is the center of the three French ones arrayed along the Spanish border in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques mountains. It was classified among the Most Beautiful Villages of France in 2016.
These first three photos are of the main street, rue de la Citadelle, which runs down hill and over the river Nive.
Three examples of architectural details in the old town.
The patio in front of the Hotel Pyrenees, which hosts what was then a Michelin three star restaurant, Arrambide. The restaurant was relatively inexpensive for a three star, and, while I found it less than dazzling, it was nevertheless quite good and the standout example of Basque cooking at the time.
Every Basque village and town and city has a celebration during the summer where there are folkloric demonstrations like this one as well as sporting events and food and drink.
Essentially every town has a concrete backboard such as this one where people play mostly with wooden paddles and rubber balls, but sometimes the game is handball or one involving baskets attached to the hand that are very similar to those used in jai alai.
Spain is never far away.