I did have the extreme pleasure of watching the women's Olympic marathon this morning, which was awesome! I DVRed it and watched every minute. It is so rare for marathons to be broadcast on tv, so it was a treat. I was sad for Desiree Davila, who is my fav of the three US women.
|Desiree Davila, my facebook friend! (That is actually true)|
Biarritz is in the southwestern corner of France, bordering Spain.
|Surfers, heading down to the beach|
|There aren't many pictures with me in them because I was traveling solo|
|View of the main beach, casino, Hotel Napoleon & Lighthouse|
I stayed in a cute little hotel (Hotel Eduoard VII), which was a converted home and has 18 rooms and a beautiful salon where breakfast was served daily. It was only a 6 minute walk from the convention center and main beach.
|You can see the convention center on the left, which had gorgeous ocean views|
Although I really enjoyed running along the sea wall, it was always a little crowded and I enjoy variety in my runs. So, I used google maps to spot some nearby (within 2 miles from my hotel) lakes, which dirt paths around them. I ran there half the time. This took me towards the non-tourist center of Biarritz, which was a fresh perspective and it was always very quiet. Sadly no pictures, because I do not run with a camera.
|Dramatic rock outcroppings|
Overall, I really enjoyed Biarritz. It was quaint, pretty, walk-able and the running was a nice way to see so much of the city! The terrain was very varied, along the sea it was quite hilly, but in the town center much flatter. If you find yourself in SW France, definitely check it out and go for a run!