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Biarritz Off The Beaten Path: 12 reviews and 10 photos

  I'am not a whale !
by Klod5

To the Midded Aged, Biarritz is a small harbor whose fishers are famous for their cleverness to harpoon the whales. The oil of the animal is then very sought-after to illuminate the houses. One also uses the bones and the coasts to manufacture some fences; skin, cut in thongs, to prepare the seats or helmets. Of course, one also eats the flesh, in particular the language, dish of choice for visitors of mark.

The site of the village is adapted particularly well to the fishing to the whale. The shackle where is today the Old Harbor is safe from the surge of the large. A pass guarantees the access of the crafts at the bay. The beach in soft slope permits to fail the cetaceans to high tide, then to wait for the low tide to cut up them.

The villagers work on the beach, where they installed some ovens to melt the bacon, of the chimneys to cook and to smoke meat, of the amphoras to preserve oil.

The whales have the fishers lived until toward the half of the XVIIth century. Then they move away more and more toward the large and the fishers should go until toward New Earth to find them.

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  • Written Oct 27, 2004
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