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Ahead was the mouth of the river that flowed into the ocean. The tide was out and across the bright sand they saw the ancient Spanish town of Hondarribia and the Green hills across the bay, and at the far point, the lighthouse. They stopped the car. “It’s a lovely place,” the girl said. Ernest Hemingway ‘The Garden of Eden’ Hondarribia

Bidasoa-Txingudi is a unique space where the ocean meets the mountains and rivers. Formed by Hendaye, Hondarribia and Irun, this cross-border and protected region has striven to preserve its great natural and historic heritage. The bay of Txingudi was witness to Ernest Hemingway’s creativity. Hendaye is one of the locations to appear in ‘Fiesta: The Sun Also Rises’, and it is where first draft was finished. We also know that in 1930, unable to come up with an ending for his novel ‘A Farewell to Arms’, he went to Hendaye in search of inspiration, staying at Hotel Barron. This is where he found the ending and he finished correcting the last bit of proofreading of the work. Hemingway describes the Txingudi bay in ‘The Garden of Eden’: “He loved the view of the bat and the estuary, and the old gray stone of Fuenterrabia and shining white of the houses that spread out from it and the brown mountains with the blue shadows. He wondered why the storm had gone so quickly”. 53

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