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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 - # 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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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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Jul 4, 2016 - Our last week in Spain

Sunday 26th June. Lazy day after a long walk with Blue in the morning. Monday 27th Went to Miranda Lidl to shop. Treated like royalty in the Asian Bazaar! Tuesday Roy walked Blue, washed and I cleaned away SOME of the fluffy stuff. Got filmed by a tv crew to be on Spanish TV holiday programme! I wish I'd had chance to tidy up first.... Had a lovely lazy afternoon, hot sunshine, lovely breeze. Wed morning, thru Sobron to FRIAS, absolutely stunning mountain range with amazing rock formations the river Ebro meandering underneath. Stopped in...

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Jun 26, 2016 - The Basque Country

The weekend at Camping Angosto has been lovely. Quiet Friday evening until dark, then all the children got their bikes out and cycled around and around and around. Nae problem to us, Roy can sleep thru a earthquake, literally, and I'm always awake til gone midnight. Saturday was cold, believe it or not, 16°. I made another cake, which turned out well, indulged in 3 yes 3 slices over the whole day, even Roy had a piece and enjoyed it. Rest in freezer out of temptation. After lunch we went for a circular drive, northward first then west,...

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May 7, 2016 - Guggenheim Museum

The Guggenheim Museum. Bilbao. 1 1/2 hour drive there and back. Was it worth it? That's art. No lunch as it took so long to wander the museum. But made up for it at dinner - you guessed it tapas. We learnt yesterday that 1.5 million liters of apple cider was produced each year for the whalers and cod fishermen to take with them on their journeys to New Foundland for cod and whale oil in the 16th century. So we had to try the local cider - good enough for them ..... Crazy. Yuk. They didn't get scurvy but I don't know how they drank it.........

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