La Côte des Basques is a beach in Southwestern France (Biarritz) and when translated, means ‘the Basque Coast’. It’s always been very popular with surfers. As a child, my grandmother (or favorite aunt) would take us there for a few hours in the summer, but there were a few caveats:
- The tide had to be low (at high tide, there is no beach, only waves crashing against the large boulders next to a retaining wall holding the road)
- It couldn’t be too hot
- If in the afternoon, we had to wait at last 2 hours after lunch (because swimming right after you eat is a recipe for drowning)
- We could not buy any food (including ice cream, fresh beignets or anything else offered up for sale on the beach) as it would spoil our appetites, and eating ‘on the street’ is considered bad manners.. And of course, rule 3.