For explorers in the Basque region of France, the town of Bayonne figures into the plan. It is a local capital seated on the banks of the Nive and Ardour Rivers. Bridges lace the place together and give it a "little Paris" feel.
The train station, pictured here, is often the first spot where the foot hits the ground. The Gare de Bayonne is a part of the late 19th century rail system that provides connectivity to the Bordeaux region (just to the north) and beyond. The facade and clock tower have more character than the interior of the station, but it gets the job done.
Just in case you're interested Bayonne's sister city, Biarritz, is the surfing capital of Europe.
Dude. I didn't see any boards on the train.
If you are looking for an adventure-in-style, you should join Mark and Vicki for a Mediterranean cruise this October. See the link here for details. Naturally, we'll be visiting some sensational sites (like Athens and Rome) but we'll also do some fine dining. Did you know that cruisecritic.com calls our ship, the Celebrity Reflection, "a food-lovers fantasy"? That got my attention!