Being so close to the border between France and Spain called for a quick day trip to two enchanting towns- San Sebastian, Spain and St. Jean de Luz, France. My guide Ana, told me we had to go to San Sebastian for the “best tapas” in Spain! I was an agreeable follower. I had visited this beautiful seaside city back in 2000 with my husband, our daughters, and some of our French friends. We spent most of the time at the beach as our girls were much younger. This trip found us wandering through the old city, strolling along the walkways above the beach, then heading to the restaurant area for our anticipated treasures. We stopped in three places, sharing a plateful of tapas in each one and always including a lovely glass of Spanish Albarino wine! My favorite was the sea urchin tapas- filled with a champagne béchamel mousse! Incredible!! I also found the various croquettes quite tasty.
As we returned to France we stopped in the quiet fishing town of St. Jean de Luz. The Basque influence is strong here…as evident by the Basque specialty shops and the piments-peppers- drying on the front of the buildings. I had trouble trying to decide which delicacies to bring home…Sel de Guerande au Piment d’Espelette and a Basque cheese (which I had packaged sous-vide for transporting). What a relaxing day. Merci beaucoup- gacias, Ana!!