Beret bearers in Bayonne


In Bayonne in the south west of France (or Baiona in the north of the Basque province Lapurdi), this awe-inspiring man looks down from a facade, wearing a traditional Basque beret. The beret is called txapela in Basque and apart from being used in traditional folk costumes, it is also awarded as a trophy in various sports, for example herri kirolak, pilota and cycling. The champion is then called txapeldun ‘the one who has the beret’.


Close by there is a café with these two fishermen txapelduns:


And in the old town, one can find this beagle boy. No beret there, just a cap, but still.

beagle boy

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