OK everyone, stop what you are doing. Leave now & travel to the Basque Country. It is one of God's little secrets. Well, the secret is out! Du Pays Basque is stunningly beautiful, idyllic, rural, quiet, and surely the next big thing. The hotel / restaurant where we are staying Manexenea has to be one on the nicest places we have ever stayed. The restaurant is amazing. Food is truly great and portion sizes are legendary!
As for the rest of the day we visited Lourdes, which was lovely. The weather has been warm and sunny about 25c great riding weather. Every other shop in Lourdes seems to be a gift shop it looked very commercial down the main street. The Grotte was very pretty in 1858 the virgin Mary appeared to Saint Bernadette 18 times and many miracles have been reported.
We then travelled to St Jean Pied de Port and saw the first Pelegrinos - 'pilgrims ' - walking around the town ready to start the 750km camino . Also a few on bicycles. We wonder if the motorbike counts as a modern day 'horse'!
We were relieved to leave the commercial city of Toulouse at the start of the day and travel the 357km with views of the pyrenees to our hotel (see photo).