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Oct 28, 2015 - San Juan de Gaztelugatxe

This morning we set off early with a picnic lunch heading for the town of Bakio about 40 minutes north of Bilbao. By the time the local bus set us down at Bakio, which was at the end of the route, there was only us and a guy with his surfboard remaining. While the surfer only had to cross the road to reach the beach, we still had a further six kilometres to go before we would be at San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, our main destination for the day. With none of the taxis we had read about in sight, and the town all but deserted, we set off on the...

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Oct 27, 2015 - Vizcaya Bridge

The Vizcaya Bridge is an iron transporter bridge built in 1893 to connect two towns on the banks of the Nervion River at Getxo, about 12 kms from Bilbao. It transports vehicles and passengers by a hanging 'gondola' taking only minutes to cross from one side to the other. It was declared a World Heritage site by Unesco in 2006. This type of bridge was constructed so that the maritime traffic of the Port of Bilbao was not disrupted and also to negate the need to build a larger more costly bridge. There are two visitor lifts built into the 50...

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Oct 27, 2015 - Bilbao

We arrived in Bilbao yesterday, still in Basque country not too far west of San Sebastian. About an hour in the bus and beautiful green, mountainous scenery along the way. At times it was a bit 'Swiss alps' in appearance with A framed houses and cattle grazing on the hillsides. Today we awoke to a rainy day and the thought of venturing out wasn't all that appealing. Glad we did as the rain eased off and the old town on the other side of Nervion River has a fantastic indoor market, La Ribera, where we stocked up on local olives, fresh figs...

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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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Aug 20, 2015 - Zumaia, Spain

Thursday, August 20th. We seemed to take a round a bout way to find the main highway. “Richard” did avoid the town of St. Emilion but in order to do so we had to wind our way thru the twisty turny roads which ran through the vineyards. We seemed to be skirting the highway we could see paralleling us in the distance. Finally we were able to access it and headed toward the coast miraculously avoiding Bordeaux – another large port city. Once we crossed over the Dordogne River we had left wine country, it being its southern boundary. Hey Jack...

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May 21, 2015 - Northern Spain

We continued our drive from the French Basque coastline to the Spanish Basque coastline. In both countries, people speak French or Spanish respectively, but some also speak the native Basque language called Euskara. Road signs and other signs are in both French or Spanish and Euskara. However, other than the signage we could not really identify Basque from the rest of the French or Spanish. In the past there was a Basque separatist movement that was sometimes violent but in 2011 the movement denounced violence. We stayed a few days in 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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