Friday, March 20, 2009

Saint Jean de Luz - May 28, 2008

Saint-Jean-de-Luz is in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques department of southwestern France and sits on the French side of the river Nivelle. On the opposite side of the estuary is Ciboure, Spain.
Saint-Jean-de-Luz is an active fishing port as well as a popular resort and is renowned for its architecture, sandy bay and its Basque cuisine. Five miles to the southeast lies La Rhune mountain, a Pyrenees foothill about 3,000 feet high.

Louis XIV was King of France from a few
months before his fifth birthday until his death, seventy-two years later. He lived from 1638 to 1715 and, in 1660, married Maria Theresa of Spain in the Saint Jean-Baptiste church in Saint-Jean-de-Luz. Maria, the daughter of Philip IV, King of Spain and Élisabeth de France, was the same age as Louis. but she died prematurely in 1683. More views around this delightful city here.

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