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May 13, 2019 - Irache to LaGuardia

After 8 days of hiking and about 175 km's we took a scheduled day off. We continued to be blessed with good weather and good health. The same can't be said for some of the people we have friended along the way. Our buddy Wayne from Toronto has blisters on his blisters and the last few days has been a struggle for him. The rule of thumb from a back pack perspective is that the weight of your pack should not exceed 10 per cent of your body weight. Our buddy Wayne's pack weighs 25 lbs. Most of the pilgrims we've met on The Camino are carrying...

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May 6, 2019 - Camino the Pyrenees Mountains

Our journey from San Sebastian to St Jean was interesting. Our travel guide booked us a driver to pick us up at noon for a 1.5 hour trip to St. Jean. The taxi driver helped us load the car then proceeded to almost pull out in front of an oncoming bus. Minutes later he was about to turn the wrong way on a one-way street. Not a good start to the trip. Once on the highway he kept typing in numbers on his GPS and was not paying the right amount of attention to the road. Sunny suggested that he focus on his driving to which he replied "would you...

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May 4, 2019 - San Sebastian

We finished our stay in Amsterdam with a long travel day. It started with a two hour to Barcelona followed by a 6 hour layover in the very modern airport. We then had a short one hour flight to San Sebastian. The San Sebastian airport is small and quaint and similar to YVR as there were very few taxis when we arrived at the airport. We witnessed a "cat fight" after two young Japanese women hailed a taxi despite the fact that they were from the back of a long line of people. We opted not to wait for a taxi and decided to take a local bus...

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Sep 26, 2018 - San Sebastián - its all about the Pinxtas

A great day in this lovely beach resort town. I’ve actually walked 20 kms today exploring in 28 degree weather temperature. The beaches are beautiful, sadly I did not get to swim as the San Sebastián film festival is on so all the usual Intrepid two star hotels were apparently booked up and we are staying in a luxurious 4 star hotel. A pleasure indeed but not that central, I went out at 8 am this morning and did not return until 9.30 pm so sadly a bit inconvenient to fit in a swim. I personally prefer the smaller family run hotels where...

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Sep 25, 2018 - Ola eSpania - San Sebastián

I farewelled Mountainous Luchon with a chilly early morning walk, the town was completely surrounded by mountains with many fast flowing rivers and a lovely ski resort atmosphere. Enjoyed the two lovely gay gentlemen who owned our hotel with panoramic views, they were so helpful and quite humourous considering their French background. We had an uneventful 5 hour trip in a small private bus, but interseting when you start to analyse our travel group who are really quite amusing, and who have made the trip such fun (or perhaps I used them to...

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Apr 8, 2018 - Viana to Navarrete

Day 7 - El Camino Maximum elevation = 520m, minimum elevation = 368m. Cool and overcast, about 10 degrees. After a pre-breakfast of half an orange and a biscuit each (maybe I had 2 biscuits to get rid of the last one), Troy, M, S2 and I headed out into a cold but at least dry morning. We exited Viana past its medieval walls which was spectacular. It was 12km to Logroño with the now routine vineyards and olive groves, wet paths and some seriously sticky mud. On the way, we exited the Navarre region of Spain that we've been in since the...

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Oct 10, 2017 - Last days of Vitoria-Gastiez

We had itchy feet and a need for green and exercise. The first green stop was the now infamous café Greens, on the corner of the block of Benita's flat, which we enjoyed a few times. A new favourite beverage (along with the aforementioned fizzy sugar water) is mosto, essentially white wine that you can drink in the morning, which must come accompanied with a slice of orange and an olive. Lovely, refreshing juice for basking in the sun. Mostos done, green numero dos was calling and so we walked an hour through town to a huge nature reserve...

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Oct 6, 2017 - Vitoria - Home of the MK Kiwi and the Celedon Cup (and roaring beasts) - p1

After the loud station greeting, Stu escorted us - via a very quick coffee - back to his barrio where we joined him picking up his son, Aimar from nursery. Aimar was kind of terrified of us for at least fifteen minutes until we integrated ourselves playing toy cars while Stu made a lovely paella that would make Jamie Oliver flush with pride and a Spanish gourmet froth with rage (it contained chorizo). During lunch, Stu also instructed me into how to pick up the keys from the non-English speaking airbnb caretaker, Benita. This led to...

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Oct 3, 2017 - Slipping through the border

And everything was fine. We sat on the fairly empty TGV and watched the huge Landes de Gascoigne forest slip by, interspaced with the odd bird of prey hunting along the railway verge. By 8 it was dark and there was slightly confusing tannoy announcements that the train might stop before its final stop. This proved to hold true, and on an almost empty train the conductor came round doing a head count to organise taxis for the last 3km of the rail journey from Hendaye to Irún. So, our impressive voyages on TGV sadly ended with watching our...

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Sep 25, 2016 - Guggenheim

We left Zumaia early the next morning after breakfast at a bakery. We took N633 along the coast. We passed many 3-4 abrest cyclists. A race maybe? In that case should have had a pic of the pelaron but sorry. Much to Gord's delight, we made a wrong turn and found ourselves on the autopista just beyond Deba. We took this to Bilbao. With Rick Steve's directions, we arrived in Bilbao Centre right by the Guggenheim Museum with parking nearby. Great!! It is a fantastic piece of architecture with its curving facade mixed with square and round...

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Sep 23, 2016 - # 3

From Ursa we continued on along the mountainous road taking a short jaunt on the freeway and back onto NA 170 to Leitza. We drove through beautiful little villages, neat hedged fields on the way. At Leitza we took the freeway A15 norte to Toloso changing toE 5 to go south to Zumarraga. This is a beautiful little city with white buildings and red tiled roofs. We climbed themountain to see the 13th century church overlooking the city. It is dedicated to the Virgin Mary. Inside are triangular shaped wooden (oak) beams made without nails. The...

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Sep 23, 2016 - # 4

We were up early to catch the train. We walked across town noting the shipyard, some unique buildings and took some time to figure out how to buy our tickets from the machine. Once done, we headed through the ticket styles to the tracks. We are had to wait till 9a as the 8.30a was being repaired--within view. The ride took us over rivers, stopped at 7 stations, and in less than 1/2 hour we were in a taxi heading to the funicular in San Sebastian. We had to wait till 11a to go up the mountain but it was worth the wait. The view out over the...

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