I was trying to take a photo on one of the streets of picturesque Saint-Jean-de-Luz. It was a traditional house with whitewashed walls and bright red shutters. This task was tricky, as the street was very narrow and the building was quite high and I couldn’t fit it in my picture like I wanted to. So while I was taking my time, I realized that there was a woman watching me. A gracefully aged woman with smiling eyes wearing a white linen beach dress asked me something in French. After my at all times catchphrase “Excusez moi. Non. Je ne parle pas Francias “, she took a thought and started choosing her words in English very carefully. “Do you like this house?”, she asked. I told her that I liked it a lot. “Do you think it is beautiful?”. I told her that without any doubts it was one of the most magnificent houses in the commune. We were looking at each other for a moment, she was smiling and I started to smile back at her. “Why you’re asking?”, I said. “Because it is my house”, she replied with a noble pride and love in her voice. She said good bye, opened the door and disappeared in the dark hall of her beautiful house. I stayed there for a little while and went back to my group. I didn’t manage to take a good picture of that house but I still remember it.
Oh, it was such a wonderful experience in an amazing 400 years old chateau in a lovely company of people from all around the world and inspirational Aran Goyoaga.
I don’t want to get you guys tired with unnecessary words, so I will just show you some of the photos I took during my Biarrotte advenure, hoping you will like them.
Have a great day full of inspirations!
Beautiful morning scene on a day we arrived
Stone fruit galette prepared by Aran
I find artichokes the most photogenic vegetables in the world. Honestly, it doesn’t matter how you place them, you will end up with a stunning stillife just the same! Hydrangea in the ray of light was my lucky find in one of the remote rooms of our chateau.
Lazy morning in Saint-Jean-de-Luz.
Balcony in one of the streets of Saint-Jean-de-Luz.
Blue cheese on a gorgeous black plate, which Larry brought all the way from New York!
Backyard of chateau
Set by Aran
This pair is my favorite.
Beautiful 400 years old chateau with a friendly ghost.