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Oct 31, 2013 - Ferry Crossing from Portsmouth to Bilbao

We finally sorted out insurance for Homer now he has a new registration number. £67.10 to change a few numbers and letters on a piece of paper – what a rip-off! We had a half hour drive from the Kingfisher campsite to the Ferry Terminal in Portsmouth and boarded quickly for our 12noon crossing – cost was €648.82 which we had booked on-line. Our ship is Cap Finistere and is a big boat with modern facilities. There are LOTS of caravans and motorhomes on board, all heading for the sun and warmth. David was happy to sit in the lounge and watch...

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Oct 10, 2013 - Zubiri, Spain

We started out at just under 1000m and wound our way through rolling hills to Zubiri , at 500m resulting in a fairly easy hike today. Our bodies did feel the effects of the 7 hours of travel but it was a very pleasent day. After our treats to ourselves night, we casually left Hotel Ronsevellus and wondered to the next community about 4 km away. It was a pleasent walk throgh the forest to the very well cared for community of Burgete. The supermarket, what resembles a corner store at home, supplied us with our breakfast picnic. Outside on a...

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Sep 13, 2013 - Bilbao all day

Wow ... we didn't wake till 8:00am this morning. I suppose the late night meal and all the travel took its toll. Since we were not keen on having breakfast at the hotel we went for a walk to a pastry shop we had sussed out the night before and had tea and a variety of delicious pastries for breakfast. The weather had clouded over during the night and there was a slight drizzle falling so our rain jackets got a work out at last. By the time we had finished breakfast it was approaching 10:00am and the Guggenheim Gallery was open so we headed...

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Sep 12, 2013 - Lisbon to Bilbao

Today, on our last day in Lisbon, we decided to sleep in. When we eventually surfaced it was 7:30 and we dawdled with our showers so we were not down to breakfast until after 8:30. This time we had the full works continental breakfast prepared by Marissa. After packing and checking out we still had two and a half hours before our taxi to the airport so we did a final stroll through the city in a direction we hadn't walked before. Around a corner we discovered an odd pink 'thing' with some pink painted roadway around it. Weird! A little...

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May 24, 2013 - That was a big hill

Bilbao to vitoria was a shorter ride with only one hill. But this was a hill as envisaged by micheal bay. 'What we need is not one hill but five hills; and all at once'. My hill climbing is fair to middling at best. But I was proud to hit this hill hard and with only routine rest stops. It still took an hour and a half but again, with Spanish driving and the road conditions it was almost a pleasure. Like lots of keen cyclists I am in this for the pain and discomfort. And so a cl8mb like this was a welcome addition. Again the weather played...

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May 22, 2013 - 1 brake is not enough, but it will do

So day 1 began with a spirit dampening shower that soaked the soaks and the road. However the same weather also provided a cooling blanket of clouds and a following wind. This breeze chased media along at a very healthy 10mph+. The cantabrian countryside is stunning. Great green mountains dissappearing into the clouds surrounding you apart from when you flirt with the coast. The hillsides were strongly reminiscent of South America, lush vegetation and an almost steamy humidity. It appears Spanish road engineers are passionate people....

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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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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 20, 2013 - Llegada en España

(I tried to load photos, but no luck; will post ASAP). Llegué sin incidente a Bilbao el viernes, 17 de mayo, a las 4 de la tarde. My trip across the pond was uneventful but sleepless. A few hours waiting at Madrid airport for the bus to Bilbao, then a restful ride of 4.5 hours in the rain and cold to Bilbao. Metro to within blocks of pensión where I was staying, but the hood on my poncho wouldn´t stay on so I arrived a bit bedraggled. Settled in quickly and then off to get a phone and some supper. Enjoyed pintxos (that is Basque for tapas)...

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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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Jul 14, 2012 - Sun in San Seb

The drive from Madrid took us through the coutnry side of Spain. Every couple of hours we'd stop for a service break. Who would have though it was still necessary to 'spend a penny' whenever you went to the bathroom? I thought it was an old legend from my Grandma, but no, we did have to pay 70cents for each time we used the bathroom! The buses are pretty well fitted. There are movies for each leg of the trip. Usually soemthing to do with the location you are driving too. Theres also a few different music channels you can plug into aswell....

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