People from the French Southwest

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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The Vaya Con Dios male choir from Southwest France normally sings Basque and Spanish repertoire. Recently you can listen to their song ( or rather their alarming plead!) to motivate people to react as traditional milk production is disappearing fast.  Consequences are drastic for consumers, traditional farming, active farmers, a way of life in rural […]

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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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The video speaks on its own: adventure activities in costume in a race format early April!      

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This slide show from the local newspaper captures the scope of the challenges people in Southwest France face at the moment with large scale flooding into villages and towns located closed to rivers and by the coast. A combination of very mild weather has created the premature melting of the snow in the mountains compounded […]

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Just organized a few shots from my last stay in my birth region over the Christmas holiday. I grew up in the Southern part of les Landes in South West France, right where they intersect with the Béarn and the Basque country. During the 3 week stay, I hopped back and forth between France and […]

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Living in Toronto and in Canada, it is hard to ignore news dealing with the mayors of Toronto ( yes, the infamous Rob Ford) and the former mayors of Montreal & Laval ( accused of bribes and unclean dealings when it came to contract allocation on public work). Well, this article in le Sud-Ouest, the […]

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Gâteau basque,  Basque cake, the  traditional cake of the Labourd province of the Basque country on the French side enjoys an international fame: its popularity goes far beyond the local pastry shops, the kitchens of good local Basque chefs  , or prestigious restaurants throughout France specialized in Southwest France cuisine.  Gâteau basque cake  is traditionally […]

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This wave tends to wake up once a year off the coast of Urrugne near St Jean de Luz. Yesterday it was between 8 to 10 meter high. At work in this video shot yesterday, some local surfers with a solid experience of surfing in extreme conditions. More details on the Surfsession magazine.

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