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Oct 25, 2015 - More of San Sebastian

The natural beauty of San Sebastian is captivating, from its mountain peaks overlooking a rugged coastline to its bay and beaches. The bay and beaches are all within walking distance of the city centre and offer the calm waters of La Concha and Ondarreta for swimming, paddle-boarding, spearfishing and sailing while Zurriola is a surf beach. The wide promenade which stretches the whole length is great for strolling and taking in the views. Northern Spain is well known for its Pintxos (pronounced Pinchos) which are the region's form of tapas...

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Oct 24, 2015 - Saturday in San Sebastian

The hike from SS to Pasaia starts at the base of Mounte Ulia to the east of the city. It begins with a steep climb up lots of steps but the reward at the top is stunning views back across the beaches, city and mountains of SS. The path is very well sign posted and where there is a junction the correct way is marked with a symbol of red, white and green stripes while the incorrect way has a red and white cross. Some of the pathway is covered in vegetatian while in other places it is open with views across the Bay of Biscay and the rugged...

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Oct 23, 2015 - Beautiful day in San Sebastian

Here we are in San Sebastian in the Basque region of Northern Spain, an autonomous area with its own parliament, language and an identity quite distinct from other areas in the country. The influence of the French is evident in the architecture and lifestyle which is not surprising considering that the border with France is only 20 kilometres away. The change in landscape is also obvious with the ubiquitous orange trees, olive groves and dry conditions of Andalucia in the south giving way to the verdant, mountainous regions of the Basque...

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Sep 16, 2015 - Day 27 San Sebastián

Caught the bus into the city in plenty of time to join our tour. We grabbed a takeaway coffee and cake from one of the cafes so we could enjoy it while we waited. Once I'd finished mine, I went for a walk to get my steps up and found a map that had post office details on it. I'm still looking for a post office. I decided to come e back to it later in the day. Pete was still waiting where we'd been told was the pick up place and no one else was there. It was getting close to 9am so I said I'd walk to the original meeting place to see if...

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Sep 15, 2015 - Day 26 San Sebastián

We were a bit slow getting moving today as we don't have anywhere we have to be at any particular time. Tomas sent me a text telling me a big storm was coming and there would be 6-metre seas and for us to be careful. Pete went out for an early walk to check out what is in the neighbourhood and see where the metro station is. Tomas told us about the bus however we are pretty keen on travelling on the metro as it's easier to know where you are and to change lines to go to different areas. We set off to the metro with great expectations. Big...

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Sep 14, 2015 - Day 25 Santiago de Compestala to San Sebastián

We are covering a lot of kilometres today....Santiago de Compostela to San Sebastián. We'll be in the train from 10:06 to 20:48 to be precise. We were up reasonably early to allow time for the walk to the station with a couple of stops on the way. I was hoping for the post office and we needed the supermarket to buy a few goodies for the journey. Didn't find the post office however bought some cheese, tomatoes, bananas, bread rolls and crackers...do I detect a common theme here? We had time up our sleeves so had a coffee and pastry at the...

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May 5, 2015 - Beach Day

Georgias recount of the beach day Today we went for a big walk to the beach. We kept stopping at the all the good looking pastry and chocolate shops. As we were walking on the beach we had to walk on stairs which when the tide came in later the waves went BANG, CRASH against them. Me and Ollie changed into our togs and went straight in but only for like 5mins because it was too cold. Instead we bult a kayak out of sand and destroyed it seconds later. Next mum and tomo decided that we would walk up this big hill. Mum told us there was a...

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May 2, 2015 - Georgias day in San Sebastian

This is Georgia's diary entry Today we walked into town to find a place that sold sim cards. We waited awhile and when we had got up to the counter we had to have Dads passport. So me and Dad walked all the way back. Luckly we stopped for a chocolate covered crossiant and bagette. After we got his passport we had to wait for over an hour which was really boring. Once it was sorted out we had really nice cheese and bagettes. We headed to Mt Urgull mendia to see a statue. I wasn't too happy about the big hill and steep stairs my feet were so...

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Apr 30, 2015 - San Sebastain

It was a sad farewell to our wonderful canal boat and on our way to next adventure. Today we have left France and head for Spain. We awoke this morning on the canal with a beautiful view of the water and tonight we put our heads down with a view of the beach and so many apartments. It took us about 4 hours to get here and the temperature keeps rising - We have arrived to 28c. Looking forward to going swimming in the ocean soon. Here is tomos account of the day Today we went to spain. The car journey was long. We went to a church that was...

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Apr 8, 2014 - Day 8 - It's a Super Spectacular Day!!! Until........

When I was a kid, "MAD" magazine put out a record (you remember those?) in an insert to one of it's magazines featuring a song called "It's a Super Spectacular Day". The first part of the song was someone singing about what a great day it was: "It’s a great big, beautiful, wonderful, incredible, super-spectacular day And your heart is humming with good times coming And you got that happy feeling things are going your way All the bells are ringing and a little bird’s singing while he sits on your windowsill Singing yessiree, I can surely...

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Apr 6, 2014 - Day 7 - San Sebastian

San Sebastian, located in Basque country, is a destination that until recently, probably wasn't on the radar of very many U.S. travelers. That's changed in the last 10 years or so, largely owing to two (not unrelated) events. First, the virtually cessation of terrorist activity by various Basque separatist organizations, and second, recognition by the "foodie" community of San Sebastian as one of the great gastronomy destinations in all of Europe, if not all of the world. Generally, if you show people a place where the food is really good,...

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May 20, 2013 - Inspiración del viaje

Vale, todos, hoy es lunes, 20 de mayo y aquí estoy en San Sebastian, a la costa del mar Cantábrico. Just now getting a chance to sit down and write and try to figure out how this website works. But, first things first. Why is she doing this, you might have asked yourself. In my greeting above, I promised an explanation, so here goes. From the photos posted herewith, you can see that I have been to Santiago de Compostela before. In summer 1985, I studied at the university there with a bunch of other Aggie undergrads. Our group leader that...

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