This article was translated by John R. Bopp

Timothy O’Grady has just published a magnificent report for Condé Nast Traveler about a part of our nation, and it’s a marvelous way to summarize the spirit of the nationa as a whole.

Cuisine, history, curious corners, traditions.  It’s a compendium of the “reality pills” that try to transmit the sensations and the interest in our country that he feels to his readers.

As we always say, we have to fight against reality: we our a nation without a state, fragmented under the administration of two States.  In this journey through different places and Basque realities, this false division disappears: the author, who had been writing about the Lower Basque Country, crosses the Bidassoa into the Upper Basque Country, and doesn’t feel that he’s changed realities.

Condé Nast Traveler -3/2019 – USA

THE BASQUE COUNTRY, SPAIN: ‘I HAD NOT THOUGHT SPAIN COULD LOOK LIKE THIS’

The Basques are Europe’s inscrutables. Centuries of scientists and scholars have been unable to unravel them. Some say they are Berbers, others that they descend from a small tribe in the Caucasus, but in truth no one has any idea. Their language bears no relation to any other in the world. The 19th-century abbot and scholar Pierre Diharce de Bidassouet declared it ‘the original language spoken by the Creator’.

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