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Oct 27, 2011 - It's a Party!

Marilyn's Musings Just over the Pyrenees from France lies San Sebastian, the capital of Basque Spain. It is a major tourist destination with a well-attended jazz festival each year. In September, there is an International Film Festival; I think Helen Mirren was just leaving the town as we drove in! There are a few museums and interesting buildings to visit should you want to do that sort of thing. Its main claim to fame lies in its gastronomy. In addition to having more Michelin stars per inhabitant than any other place on earth and having...

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Sep 25, 2011 - San Sebastian

We are having another amazing day. We took the bus through the mountains rather than along the coast. That really gave us a whole different view of the Basque region. (Lots of vineyards, Monica). San Sebastian is spectacular. We walked along the river until we got to the older part of town. There is a beautiful walk along the ocean that ends up in the bay. What a beautiful way to enter the city. The walk took us down to the fishing wharf area where we had a fabulous lunch. From there we went to explore the old town. Great people watching...

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Sep 5, 2011 - Visiting Martin's relatives

Visited Martins cousin Bonney and his family on their farm We had a fantastic time with lots of laughs. At times there were 3 differnt languages spoken around the table... Spanish, Basque and English. we took home some farm fresh produce which we enjoyed for dinner back in Oiratzun

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Jun 29, 2011 - San Sebastian (Day 3)

We woke up and went for a walk along the beachfront right to the other side of San Sebastian. Paul went for a swim even though the air temperature was only 19 degrees. The walk took just under 2 hours in total We enjoyed breakfast out the front of our bed & breakfast Margaret and Martin picked us up at 12 noon and took us back to Oiartzun Then we had a fantastic lunch at a local restaurant - the best food we've had on our trip tod date! Highlights included seafood soup, curried prawns, barbequue lamb and the best lemon Sorbet we've ebver...

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Jun 29, 2011 - Guggenheim - Bilbao

We came to San Sebastian to enjoy the beach, sunshine and celebrate Rita’s 29th birthday. Unfortunately the sun only lasted one day. We have had two days of rain. The good news is we are only one hour away from Bilbao and the famous Guggenheim – Bilbao museum. Rita’s birthday present was a feast for the eyes today through the modern art and the incredible Frank Gehry architected building.

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Jun 28, 2011 - San Sebastian - WOW

We had just arrived in San Sebastian, Spain and were walking out of the train station when some guy came up and said, “Can I help you get familiar with San Sebastian?” Oh-oh! One of the first chapters in “How to avoid trouble in Spain” is “Beware of strangers being overly friendly”. He then asked if he could help us find our hotel…I think that was in Chapter 2. Why us! “No, we are fine, we know where we are going”, I lied. But he started to walk along with us. “I love my city and I want to ensure you love it too”, he said. I was thinking,...

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Jun 28, 2011 - San Sebastian (Day 2)

Margaret met us in San Sebastian and took on role as tour guide of this beautiful sea side city she knows well, unfortunately the weather was not the best, about 19 few showers (and Paul had to be kept in his place as that is normally his position) but we enjoyed a fantastic walk through the quaint 'old town' and interesting historical buildings and lovely, varied architectural styles. Enjoyed a traditional basque meal in Tapas Bar (Pinjxi in Basque) with many others, this is a popular way to eat and most stand up and throw use serviettes...

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Jun 27, 2011 - San Sebastian

Drove 3 and a half hours to Oiartzun to see Heather's aunt Margaret Paul had hair cut in town by barber who could not spell English. Hircut quality reflects this! Had dinner and then checked into Bed & breakfast in San Sebastian located 50m from beach

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Jun 17, 2011 - San Sebastien

Next day it was off to San Sebastien on the coast of Spain – just over the border from France. On the way we stopped at a tiny village for lunch and ended up sitting in a park next to a school. Some kids came and ate their lunch in the park too and were practising their English. We then realised they were trying to communicate with us. They asked where we were from and when we said New Zealand they looked blank. Jonathan then said “where the All Blacks are from”. They knew the All Blacks and started singing “Kamate Kamate Kora Kora” and...

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Jun 7, 2011 - Oiartzun

Today, Tuesday we enjoyed a full breakfast at the Hotel, cereal, eggs and bacon, toast, pastries (Paul's favourite) also fruit and yoghurt and rolls with ham and cheese with fresh juice and tea/coffee - the full Spainish breaky with the lot! At 11am Martin picked us up from our hotel(in the rain) and drove us home via the scenic route through town. The Oiartzun town is built within the mountains and valleys so many narrow, windy roads best driven with a small car. The scenery is spectactular with the Pyrenees Mountains huge granite outcrop...

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May 5, 2011 - San Sebastian

On our drive from France to Spain (May 4th), we stopped at the Dune of Pilat, also known as the Dune of Pyla. It is situated southwest of Bordeaux on the Atlantic coast, at the entrance of the Bay of Arcachon opposite the Point of Cap Ferret. It is the biggest sand formation of Europe. The Dune of Pilat measures 105 meters high, 2700 meters long, 500 meters wide and with a volume of 20 million cubic meters of sand. We climbed to the top to see the magnificent views of the Atlantic and then continued our drive. Then we crossed the border...

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Nov 3, 2010 - San Sebastian

@@@@@@@ Background For the longest time, San Sebastian, which now has some of the most expensive beach front properties in all of Spain, was a sleepy fishing village and no more. By the 12th century, it grew in status as the principal outlet to the sea for the kingdom of Navarra. The Castilians used the port in order to ship their goods to European ports and later to the Americas. Eventually, the stunning location caught the attention of the Spanish royalty and they began to escape the searing heat of the central plateau during the hot...

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