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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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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 - 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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