Surfing Biarritz, exploring Saint-Jean de Luz & gourmet dinner at Briketenia

Surf France
Our second day in Biarritz obviously started with a surf session. We went on the Grande Plage, the main beach, rented two surf boards & spent the following 3 hours into the waves!
Surf in France

 

Surfing Biarritz, France

 

Surf in Biarritz, France
Btw, they’re super kind at the surf shop on the Grande Plage.
Hungry for all the surfing, we went to a nice place we noticed the day before for a yummy sandwich.
La Prosciutteria, Biarritz

 

La Prosciutteria is an Italian deli store, where they prepare fresh sandwiches on demand with a special Italian bread & you can chose from a large variety of meats, cheese & vegetables coming from their own farm in Tuscany.
La Prosciutteria, Biarritz
La Prosciutteria, Biarritz
La Prosciutteria, Biarritz

 

La Prosciutteria, Biarritz

 

Our strength regained & keen to explore more the surroundings, we rented a scooter & off we went.
Stopping here & there to admire the view
Côte Basques France
the surfers
Surfers in the Côte Basques France

 

Surfers in the Côte Basques France
& the people paragliding
Paragliding in the Côte Basques France

 

Paragliding in the Côte Basques France
Paragliding in the Côte Basques France

 

Paragliding in the Côte Basques France

 

We eventually arrive to our final destination Saint-Jean de Luz, which we heard to be a very cute town.
Saint-Jean de Luz, France

 

We wandered the little streets
Saint-Jean de Luz, France

 

Saint-Jean de Luz, France
Visited Saint-Jean-Baptiste church, where June the 9th 1660 King Louis XIV married Maria Theresa, the Infant of Spain.
Saint-Jean-Baptiste church in Saint-Jean de Luz, France

 

Saint-Jean-Baptiste church in Saint-Jean de Luz, France
We walked along the beach
Beach in Saint-Jean de Luz, France
Along the beach in Saint-Jean de Luz, France
Saint-Jean de Luz beach is different from the other beaches nearby, for it is protected from the waves by three sea walls, resulting in a calmer & relaxing place, suitable for all the family to swim & play in the water.
Beach in Saint-Jean de Luz, France
Beach in Saint-Jean de Luz, France

 

Beach in Saint-Jean de Luz, France

 

The beach is surrounded by beautiful houses

 

Beautiful houses along the beach in Saint-Jean de Luz, France

 

Beautiful door in Saint-Jean de Luz, France

 

We passed the port & we finished our walk through Saint-Jean de Luz with a drink in the main square.
Port, Saint-Jean de Luz, France

 

Main square, Saint-Jean de Luz, France
We also tasted the mouchou, a local biscuit, similar to a macaron, but softer. I actually liked it most than macarons.
Mouchou, the macaron from the French Pays Basques
We just had the time to go back to the hotel to change ourselves, that it was time to go out again.
A friend of mine who lived in the region, suggested Briketenia, a Gourmet restaurant with Michelin starred chef, located in Guethary.
& that’s where we went for dinner to celebrate our first wedding anniversary <3
Briketenia, a gourmet restaurant in Guethary, France
We had the season menu, which consists of a starter, a fish based main dish plus a meat based main dish & dessert. Everything was delicious, but for me it was a little bit too much, I should have had only one main dish, as I ate so much that it took some of the pleasure of the dinner away.
Anyway, we started with a champagne cocktail & some nibbles
Champagne cocktail and nibbles

 

Briketenia, Michelin starred restaurant in Guethary, France
Followed by a yummy gaspacho soup
Gaspacho soup
To continue with our starters, confit trout with soya, asparaguses & wasabi for me

 

Confit trout

 

& fois gras (French people can be barbarian sometimes, I know) with red fruits for hubby
Fois gras
Then it was time for gifts!! *excited emoticon here*
The first year we were together I offered hubby a photo book to remember all the things we did during the passed year. Since then, I’m offering him a photo book every year.
I include photos of our travels, but also of the little things of our everyday life, work life, etc… I think that when we will be grey & old & we’ll have dozens of those books, it’ll be so nice to look back at them 🙂
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As it was our 1st wedding anniversary, we decided to make each other a beautiful gift. So I offered him a pair of Cartier cuff links. You can’t see them well in the picture, but they’re so beautiful. They have blue stones & I made them engraved: on the first one there’s written “1 year” & on the second one “Many to come” 🙂
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& I had a pair of Louboutin!!!!! :))) I had a little note with a quiz & the answer was Louboutin & then we’ll go together to choose them. It was the first time that hubby didn’t choose a gift on his own, but I’m so glad he didn’t as it’ll be fun to go together to try & choose my dream, red soles shoes 🙂
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Let’s back to dinner, shall we? Our fish arrived & it was delicious – though I cannot remember which fish was – & look at the beautiful shell-shaped dish too

Briketenia, Michelin starred restaurant in Guethary, France

Followed by the meat – cannot remember exactly what was it neither, sorry 😉

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Then you can have optional cheese, before dessert, that obviously hubby wanted. A waiter will then arrive with a huge cheese platter, from which you can choose the ones you wanna taste.

Cheese platter
Cheese platter
Cheese platter

& then dessert arrives. A wonderful chocolate affair!

Chocolate dessert

As if it was not enough, after the dessert another dessert arrived! A sort of a coconut mousse & lollipops

Coconut mousse and lollipops

So that was a special, wonderful dinner! 🙂 if you’re looking for a fancy restaurant in the Pays Basques you should definitely give Briketenia a try. In addition to the delicious food, waiters are really kind & you’ll enjoy a beautiful view over the countryside from the windows.

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I’d like to say that after all this food we at least had a digestive walk to the hotel, but we were actually quite far & took our scooter instead! 😉
More Biarritz adventures tomorrow! <3

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15 Comments

  1. Oh thanks it took me so long to find the perfect wedding anniversary gift 😉
    Saint-Jean de Luz is very nice, though I preferred Biarritz!!
    Have a nice day!
    xx
    Umberta

  2. I'd love to go to Biaritz-it been on my radar for ages now and looking at your photos Injnuw why. Beautiful. Happy wedding anniversary! I love your photo book idea. The food looks delicious! Enjoy your shoes! #citytripping

  3. Happy Anniversary! It looks like you had a wonderful time. I visited Biarritz and St Jean de Luz years ago and I think it's about time to go again. Thanks for sharing your special trip.

  4. What an amazing meal you had for your wedding anniversary; congratulations by the way! Great gifts too. Lovely to see your photos of St Jean de Luz as we only drove through this summer barely stopping. It's such a beautiful town, I love the Basque architecture with the colourful shutters and beams on the white buildings. Thanks for linking to #AllAboutFrance

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