I did manage, before we left Bordeaux, to upload these photos from our trip to Bayonne, although I'm not able to manage much accompanying text. Above is a view of the River Adour from the deck of the ever so delightful péniche/barge B&B, the Djebelle, which we were treated to a quick tour of shortly after arriving at the train station.
After that visit, we walked with our friend across the bridge to the main downtown area of the very walkable and truly picturesque little city.
Should you need a little help getting into the holiday spirit, I'll be unrolling some festive windows on Instagram, one each day, Advent-calendar-style, until Christmas. I'm having such fun gathering these right now -- I've long wanted to see Paris in December, to view for myself the lights and decorations I've read and heard about, to walk down Boulevard Raspail with a paper cone full of roasted chestnuts, to watch little ones climb up on the viewing platforms in front of the magically animated scenes in the windows of Galeries Lafayette and Printemps, to come out of the cold into an intimate upstairs room at Ladurée and talk Christmas plans with Pater over tea and macarons. . . We did all that today and more and believe me, I have photos of those windows that will awaken your inner Santa. Stay tuned. . .
Edited to add: Here's the link to the first of those Countdown to Christmas Instagram posts. Enjoy!