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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 10, 2014 - Day 10 - Why didn't you call me?

Bilbao has turned out to be quite the happy accident of our vacation. When I was planning the itinerary for this trip, I briefly considered including Bilbao, but decided against it, in favor of spending more time in other cities and places in Spain. I knew about the Guggenheim, but I wasn't sure it was enough to justify a visit to Bilbao. I'd been to the original Guggenheim museum in New York, and frankly, it's not all that impressive. But Bilbao has been awesome. The Guggenheim here is orders or magnitude more impressive than it's New York...

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Apr 10, 2014 - Day 11 - Pondering the future of Spain

Today was our last day in Bilbao. We spent it mostly by taking a funicular up to the top of Mt. Artanda, which allows for spectacular views of the city. We walked there and back because it seems that no place we wanted to go in Bilbao is more than a 20 minute walk away. Bilbao has, from what I understand, a very good Metro system, but we never used it. This was the first time I'd been in a city that had a Metro system where we had no occasion to use it. Then around 5PM, we boarded a five hour train ride to Madrid. On the train, I tried to...

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Apr 9, 2014 - Day 9 - Yoko Ono's "Vagine"

Prior to coming to Bilbao, if you had asked me what I associated with Bilbao, I would have come up with exactly two things: - I knew that Bilbao was the sight of a new Guggenheim modern-art museum designed by Frank Gehry. - Bertold Brecht and Kurt Weill wrote a song called "The Bilbao Song" for their musical, "Happy End". The song is an ode to "Bill's Beer Hall in Bilbao", which is a disreputable, skanky dive of a bar "where the stools at the bar are damp with rye/On the dancefloor the grass grows high". But the song really has nothing to...

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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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Mar 26, 2014 - 6 Cities in 7 Days

Santander-Bilbao-San Sebastián-Vitoria-Pamplona-Madrid I have been sooo lazy about this lately, but let's see what I can remember! The Sunday night of Carnaval weekend, my friends Nicole, Aubrey and I hopped on the midnight bus to Madrid, then from Madrid we took a train ride up to Santander. Let's just say that wasn't the best part of the week and leave it at that haha. It was such a whirlwind of a week, and so fun. We have been telling people we just ate our way through Northern Spain because I think that's all we did haha. We were in bed...

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Mar 11, 2014 - Orio, Basque country

Yesterday we did a long drive, 240kms (about 3¼ hours)and nly two tolls on the way totalling €3.68,to Orio Camping (N43°17'12" W2°7'34"), because that was the first campground we could find that was open – the ones near Bilbao don’t open until April! The charge is €16 per night (ACSI) and the WiFi is free on the pitch with vouchers that last 2 hours. The campsite is near the beach and Orio is a fishing village situated on a river mouth. Orio is on the El Camino pilgrim route, with San Martin Chapel being one of the stopover points on 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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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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