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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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Feb 20, 2014 - San Sebastian

Fed the ducks on the lake beside us after breakfast but the elephants not out for us to see before we left at 9 am. The weather has changed again & we are back to dull drizzly weather. The highlight of the drive this morning was to find a petrol station selling diesel at €1.24/ltr which is a great find after seeing €1.39/ltr for most of the way across Northern Spain. We stopped for lunch & a look around at an Aire in a town called Zumaia. It is a small town down on the coast at the mouth of a river. The Aire is in an industrial estate...

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May 20, 2013 - San Sebastian-Donostia to Madrid

We were greeted this morning by sunshine, so set out to explore some more of the city. We had some work to do avoiding the runners who were doing several laps of the city. It is really a beautiful place and we need much more time to discover the area. However, our train to Madrid was leaving at 1500, so it was not to be. We finished with a brief trip to the Aquarium, which has fabulous model ships, as well as lots of fish. It wasn’t quite like the tropical aquariums of Hawaii, but featured local species. We had a leisurely trip (5.5 hours)...

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May 18, 2013 - San Sebastian-Donostia

It began raining in the night and continued for most of the day-enough that we all bought umbrellas. A very cold, rainy day caused us to seek shelter inside. We visited the San Telmo Museum of Basque culture and society. It was very interesting. Most shops here close between noon at 2 PM (or even later). This was the case in the areas of France we visited as well. Once you get used to the idea, it seems very civilized. After we finished touring the museum it was after 2 PM, so we headed back to our Pension for an afternoon nap. This evening...

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May 17, 2013 - San Sebastian-Donostia

After a too short visit, we said goodbye to Bordeaux and drove to Biarritz, where we had arranged for a van to take us to San Sebastian. I was glad we did this, rather than shlep the suitcases on two trains for the journey, as it was pouring rain. We arrived in San Sebastian (Donostia to the Basques) shortly after 3 and found our way to our pension. The owner, Ibon, met us and showed us around the rooms. He was very helpful in providing information on places to eat and things to do. Many of the pintxos (Basque for tapas) bars are closed in...

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Apr 18, 2012 - Donostia-San Sebastian, Spain

After a short trip across the border we arrived in San Sebastian where we have decided to stay for 2 nights. Again the weather is wet but hopefully we'll get to see some more of the city tomorrow. Day 2: no change weather wise so after a wander around the old town we comforted ourselves with a couple of hours eating paella and drinking sangria in a delightful restaurant very popular with the locals. Back on the road tomorrow searching for sol and a laundrette!! Is the weather any better down south Jim?

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Apr 9, 2012 - HOLY WEEK 2012

Saturday 30th march: we went to Hondarribia for lunch with some friends. It is a lovely town and the day was sunny. We ate really well and we had fun. Sunday 01 april: we went to Maialen´s football match and later we went to have lunch at Zubieta with all the family. Monday 02 april: we went to walk around the city with some friends, we went to the old city and we had pintxos and wine. In the afternoon we went to a rural house with a farm with animals in the mountain close to San Sebastian. Tuesday 03 april: In the morning we went to do...

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HOLY WEEK 2012

Nov 13, 2011 - San Sebastian - Pintxos Pintxos Pintxos

5 Wonderful nights in San Sebastian. Again we booked an apartment for this extended stay which proved to be a stroke of genius - it had a washing machine !!!!! What it didn't have was a kettle or a toaster - a little oversight that was easily fixed. The apartment gave us the opportunity to go to the supermarket and buy some cereal, milk, bread, yoghurt, tea and coffee - normal breakfasts. It also meant we could sleep in and not have the 1030 breakfast deadline - how are we ever going to go back to work??we dont rise til midday....we dont...

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Jul 10, 2011 - I could eat here for the rest of my life.

For all those people who read the latest post (and I know there were a TON of you) and thought ¨oh, poor Nicole, she´s in Spain and it´s overcast and rainy¨: don´t worry. About 20 minutes after I finished that post, I went outside to blue skies and hot sun! The day cleared up REALLY fast and Kate and I spent about 4 hours (from 3-7pm...ridiculous) hot and tanning ourselves at the extremely packed La Concha beach. After the beach, we got back to the hostel to get ready and went out to a ridiculously delicious tapas meal! This meal is...

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Ultimate Euro Trip!

Jul 9, 2011 - San Sebastian and it´s beaches?

After a 12 hour bus ride through the night (where I slept surprisingly well for being in a cramped seated position... well, maybe not THAT surprising, considering the bottle of Merlot from Paris that Kate and I finished off on the first 2 hours of the bus ride...) we arrived in Basque Country. San Sebastian (forgive me for leaving off the accent) is a sunny beach town with old school buildings and a chill surfer attitude... and, when we arrived, it was raining. Getting in to a new town at 8-9ish in the morning after about 5 hours of shotty...

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Ultimate Euro Trip!

Aug 13, 2009 - Donostia

Bueno, este fue un día chistoso. Salí por mi cuenta a eso de ls 10 de la mañana para poder tomar un bus turistíco que me llevaía a Donostia/San Sebastian, pero por primera vez en Europa tuve que esperar porque hubo un retrazo. 20 minutos mas tarde el bus llego y pasamos por toda la costa del País Vasco francés recogiendo turistas en el tráfico. Parando en un sin fin de paraderos de bus en Bayonna, St Jean de Luz, Biarritz, Anglet, etc. Si alguna vez quieren hacer un paseo por tierra en el País Vasco tomen todo menos Basque Bondissant, se...

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