Cultural Insights

An aerial video taken by a drone major destinations and typical settings in  the Labourd province within  the French side of the Basque country . A good overview of what to enjoy within a 20 min drive from St Jean de Luz or Biarritz that most of my clients typically select as their home base . Look for la […]

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Check this 3min video of a dance performance by Dantzaz Konpainia set on the beach of Leikeitio, a costal village near Bilbao. Lots of elements I find inspiring in this: the show is about bringing to life the universe of a composer/singer Mikel Laboa, deceased in 2008, whose work is recognized as emblematic of basque music and song […]

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Look for details at www.guggenheim-bilbao.es . Dates: June 13 – September 21st. My experience at the Guggenheim has been hit and miss with many of the temporary exhibits in the past ( although I am definitely not a connaisser in modern and contemporary art) so most of my attention goes to this amazing designed space by Ghery. […]

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Check out this recent Globe and Mail article with addresses and suggestions for families with young kids. I found the museum suggestions quite good, then some safe favourites,  not as main stream as the predictable  Eiffel tower. I still find that on a visit to France with  kids, when traveling in the Summer and having […]

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Three words respectively in French, Spanish and Basque to define what is a very competitive sport in the Basque country: boat races manned by 14 men. Like all Basque sports, the origin of this sport is traditional and refers to a way of living. In this case sailors would challenge each others to shore or […]

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A friend of mine just informed me of the blog Comme Une Francaise that she enjoys to stay connected with various aspects of French cultures living in Canada most of the year. Indeed an interesting  resource  and delivery format managed by a French person who lives in Grenoble. She shares in English the cultural clues […]

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A few clichés for sure but a pleasant read. And of course there is a big difference between Paris and la Province  just like there is between New York and the rest of the States. I would also add that there are a lot of regional differences to temper this view on French people, with […]

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Check out that video with the very popular song HAPPY. All dancing shots are captured in the Basque country: a pretty glimpse on activities and settings many folks enjoy in the Basque country. I like it!

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At Christmas, I went to a performance in San Sebastian that brought together 4 different forms of Basque artistic expressions of high caliber. The  show is called Herritmo and the video above gives a good synopsis of all participants: – Oreka: known for their talent on txalaparta  ( Basque percussions) that was discovered on a […]

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Not much to add to this Globe and Mail article describing the yearly Basque tradition of meals at a cider house.  Well, I wish I could casually drop in at one of them  in prime season, January until April, from … my Toronto home and still enjoy Canadian winters! Many of the houses remain open […]

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