I recently had the opportunity to accompany my son on a small part of his bike ride from Amsterdam to Spain. Riding a bicycle is the best way to experience a landscape, see the plants and animals, feel the air, hear the insects, and smell the forests. We met in Bordeaux and the journey lead us to the beach resort of Arcachon, past the largest sand dunes of Europe, through the endless pine forests of the Landes de Gascogne, and finally into the Basque country near the Spanish border, where the Pyrenees meet the Atlantic Ocean.
Bordeaux is an amazingly beautiful city, but we were also impressed with the charming city of Bayonne and the famous tourist resort of Biarritz. After crossing the border to Spain we enjoyed the architecture and parks in the old town of Hondarribia. At the same time, the landscape was a bit monotonous for a long stretch of the ride. The beaches on the Atlantic coast, a few small rivers, and a number of lakes were the only changes from the dense pine forests. Once we reached Basque Country the mountains of the Pyrenees became visible in the distance, and the landscape, as well as the architecture, became more interesting. Below are some of my favorite photos from the journey. (For more of my photos, please visit my Flickr page.)