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Gastronomic Honeymoon thru SW France + N Spain

hello everyone - just an update on our honeymoon and a last bid for help on where we should stop to eat and drink along the way! got married over the weekend and take off in 3 days for a 3 wk honeymoon. Here is our latest itinerary:
We have only made a few reservations, and have yet to figure out where all we want to stop and eat along the way. Any further/new suggestions would be greatly appreciated by all you Chow Hounders.
Day 1-4 - Costa Brava. mostly relaxing and recovering from post-wedding stress here...
Day 5-6 Carcassonne.
Day 7-11 Toulouse/Albi area.
Day 12-15 St Jean De Luz/Biarritz/Bayonne/Pau (hopefully)
Day 16-17 San Sebastian. Dinner at Mugaritz, lunch at Extebarri followed Tapas tasting late that night.
Day 18-20 Guggenheim in Bilbao on the way to La Rioja for 2 days of wine tasting.
Then, train to Barcelona for the last 3 days. It's going to be a whirlwind, but we can't wait!

Aug 31, 2009
PDXbride in Spain/Portugal

Gastronomic Honeymoon thru SW France + N Spain

actually, we leave Thursday! just got married over the weekend and are now wrapping things up before we leave. Here is an updated itinerary. We have only made a few reservations, and have yet to figure out where all we want to stop and eat along the way. Any further/new suggestions would be greatly appreciated by all you Chow Hounders.
Day 1-4 - Costa Brava.
Day 5-6 Carcassonne. Day 7-11 Toulouse/Albi area.
Day 12-15 St Jean De Luz/Biarritz/Bayonne/Pau (hopefully)
Day 16-17 San Sebastian. Dinner at Mugaritz, lunch at Extebarri.
Day 18-20 Guggenheim in Bilbao on the way to La Rioja for 2 days of wine tasting.
Train to Barcelona for the last 3 days. It's going to be a whirlwind, but we can't wait!

Aug 31, 2009
PDXbride in France

Gastronomic Honeymoon thru SW France + N Spain

Thank you Phil, Olivier and Souphie for your suggestions so far. Gallicia is not high on our list (though I hear the seafood is to die for), but San Sebastian is and it appears we are stupid for not spending time in Barcelona, so we will have to make that a higher priority. As for other areas mentioned in my original post - these would be more day trips or possibly pass thru for a night on our way to somewhere else for a few days. Wherever we end up, I really want to spend a minimum of 3 days so we are not constantly schlepping suitcases around! From your suggestions so far, it seems a trip all the way to Bordeaux is not necessary - rather France just on across the Spain border has plenty to offer. Thanks again - and keep the suggestions coming!

May 13, 2009
PDXbride in France

Gastronomic Honeymoon thru SW France + N Spain

hello - getting married late August and heading to Spain and SW France for a 3 week honeymoon. We are flying in to Barcelona, but so far have no plans to spend time there. Looking for advice/tips/suggestions on how best to spend our 3 weeks. We will unwind from the wedding madness/jet lag for a few days in Begur, Costa Brava before heading North by car which we'll have the entire trip.

We want to fit in a cooking class or two, wine tour, and possibly meet with local cheese and olive oil makers for tours+ tastings. Have looked at a ton of tour companies, but most don't have exactly what we want to do and are 5-7 days in length. Costs are also prohibitive. We are now looking to create our own tour and hire knowledgeable people to provide classes/instruction in English.

Definite stops include San Sebastian, Bilbao, and Rioja region for wine. Everything else is up in the air: Bordeaux, Cahors, Toulouse area for Cassoulet, Gallicia, Asturias/Cantabria, and possibly back to Barcelona if it's really worth it. Can we do it all? What would you leave out or definitely include? We already have a long list of restaurants from previous post suggestions. But more than just eating out, we want to really be immersed in this amazing food and wine culture, stay in some of the beautiful old farm houses, and see some of the lesser known areas of Spain/France. Your suggestions are greatly appreciated!

May 12, 2009
PDXbride in Spain/Portugal

Gastronomic Honeymoon thru SW France + N Spain

hello - getting married late August and heading to Spain and SW France for a 3 week honeymoon. We are flying in to Barcelona, but so far have no plans to spend time there. Looking for advice/tips/suggestions on how best to spend our 3 weeks. We will unwind from the wedding madness/jet lag for a few days in Begur, Costa Brava before heading North by car which we'll have the entire trip.

We want to fit in a cooking class or two, wine tour, and possibly meet with local cheese and olive oil makers for tours+ tastings. Have looked at a ton of tour companies, but most don't have exactly what we want to do and are 5-7 days in length. Costs are also prohibitive. We are now looking to create our own tour and hire knowledgeable people to provide classes/instruction in English.

Definite stops include San Sebastian, Bilbao, and Rioja region for wine. Everything else is up in the air: Bordeaux, Cahors, Toulouse area for Cassoulet, Gallicia, Asturias/Cantabria, and possibly back to Barcelona if it's really worth it. Can we do it all? What would you leave out or definitely include? We already have a long list of restaurants from previous post suggestions. But more than just eating out, we want to really be immersed in this amazing food and wine culture, stay in some of the beautiful old farm houses, and see some of the lesser known areas of Spain/France. Your suggestions are greatly appreciated!

May 12, 2009
PDXbride in France

Gastronomy Honeymoon thru SW France + N Spain

hello - getting married late August and heading to Spain and SW France from Oregon for a 3 week honeymoon. We are flying in to Barcelona, but so far have no plans to spend time there. Looking for advice/tips/suggestions on how best to spend our 3 weeks. We will unwind from the wedding madness/jet lag for a few days in Begur, Costa Brava before heading North by car which we'll have the entire trip.

We want to fit in a cooking class or two, wine tour, and possibly meet with local cheese and olive oil makers for tours+ tastings. Have looked at a ton of tour companies, but most don't have exactly what we want to do and are 5-7 days in length. Costs are also prohibitive. We are now looking to create our own tour and hire knowledgeable people to provide classes/instruction in English.

Definite stops include San Sebastian, Bilbao, and Rioja region for wine. Everything else is up in the air: Bordeaux, Cahors, Toulouse area for Cassoulet, Gallicia, Asturias/Cantabria, and possibly back to Barcelona if it's really worth it. Can we do it all? What would you leave out or definitely include? We already have a long list of restaurants from previous post suggestions. But more than just eating out, we want to really be immersed in this amazing food and wine culture, stay in some of the beautiful old farm houses, and see some of the lesser known areas of Spain/France. Your suggestions are greatly appreciated!