St Jean de Luz. On the south western tip of France and just a few minutes from Spain, St Jean de Luz town is right on the seafront facing the Atlantic and the Bay of Biscay. With mountains surrounding the pretty little town, studded with restaurants and little boutiques, surfing and plenty of coastal walkways it could just be a perfect holiday spot . The town is mostly pedestrianised which is great if you are like me and have to flit from one shop to another, dragging a reluctant husband, waiting to be handed shopping purchases. To me, some of the architecture was reminiscent of Venice but it just seemed much cleaner and much less busy. There is a central square, where many of the restaurants are situated. So, having been here almost two years, my French has definitely improved, although St Jean de Luz, as a holiday area many shopkeepers speak English. I knew that St Jean de Luz is situated in the Basque country, but I expected the language to be a mixture of French and Spanish, not a strange melange of 'x' with 't' that is distinctly unpronounceable. Fairly regularly I get mistaken for being French, (I've no idea why with my pale skin), so I wasn't surprised when a gaggle of school girls came up to me, except they were speaking in Basque. I answered in French but I still couldn't help them as they were looking for certain landmarks. C'est la vie! So moving on now to the main event; food, of course. Whilst the language is definitely beyond me, the food is certainly in my comfort zone. Granted, liking seafood is probably an advantage. I think that apart from the hotel everything I ate was seafood, although there was never any crab or lobster on the menu. It was quite a view to see the fishing boats bringing in their catch with the mountains in the distance. These wicked prawns were just a starter, simply fried in garlic, butter and chopped basil. It was a meal in itself. So there was a slight panic when the main course arrived, a marsicada, or a seafood platter. I was seduced by couteaux, or razor clams. They are my absolute favourite. This dish had more huge prawns, clams, langoustine, boulots, (not even sure of translation but some sort of sea snail), mussels, chipirons (calamari or squid), and the obligatory bread! There was definitely no salad.... Another night and here was the starter. Although it was a slightly terrifying portion size everything was amazing. Then there was the tuna-fest main course. With all this healthy eating I just had to have a cafe gourmand. Lime mousse, chocolate and orange mousse and panna cotta with strawberry, all washed down with a shot of espresso.... And if you are interested, despite all the food we didn't put on any weight. It must be the French diet! Has anyone else been to St Jean de Luz?