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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 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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EUROTRIP!!!

Jun 20, 2012 - Day Three: Tomorrow

Mañana vamos al acuario en el Plaza Carlos Blasco. En el acuario veremos los pesces tropicales. Después de el acuario vamos a la barra para comemos los pintxos. Los pintxos son las tapas tradicionales en España. También vamos al centro comercial en el Parte Viaje a compremos los recuerdos. Vamos a muchas tiendas que venden ropa de diseñador.

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Trip to Spain

Jun 19, 2012 - Day Two: Today

Hoy hemos visitado los sitios histórico en San Sebastián. Primero hemos ido el Castillo de Santa Cruz de la Mota. El castillo fue construido hace 800 años. Las Murallas del Puerto son cerca de el castillo y fue construido en el siglo 16. También hemos visitado el Puente de Santa Catalina, un puente construyó en 1870. El Puente de Santa Catalina es el puente más antigua en la ciudad. ...

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Jun 18, 2012 - Day One: Yesterday

Ayer estuve in San Sebastián con mi amiga Kendall. Visitamos la Playa de la Concha una de las mejores playas de España. Después de la playa fuimos a la parque de atracciones. La parque de atracciones era en Mount Igeldo. La vista desde la torre de Mount Igeldo era increíble. También estaba un zoológico en Mount Igeldo. Fuimos a comer un restaurante Juanito Kojua despues de la parque atracciones y zoológico. Juanito Kojua era en Calle Puerto en la Parte Viaje de San Sebastián. Sentía feliz porque Juanito Kojua tenían vino. Me...

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May 25, 2012 - The rain in Spain

The rain in Spain stays wherever we go, as far as we can tell. And it is cold and miserable. San Sebastian curves around two lovely crescent shaped bays with two high peaks on each horn of the crescent. The two beaches look excellent, the main one a gentle swimming beach and the other a surf beach. On the first day we told ourselves that the next day we'd walk around them on the sweeping promenades above, opposite which you get a curve of mainly 19th century buildings. But that night a dirty great booming thunderstorm came crashing into...

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May 21, 2012 - Bilbao

We are now in Bilbao an hour's bus trip west of San Sebastian and the political capital of the semi-autonomous Basque provinces of Spain. The trip here was straight forward apart from the minor hiccough of taxis being unable to come into the city centre at San Sebastian and transport us with goods and chattels to bus station at some distance away through the pouring rain. This was due to a marathon being run through the city. Amalia saved the day and arranged a cab to collect us a couple of blocks away and then made sure we got there by...

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May 20, 2012 - Are the French conservative by nature?

John: A recent radio program had a BBC journo visiting the neighbourhood in Paris where he lived for a few years, back in the nineties. The same lady still ran the fromagerie, the same butcher and fruiterer were also still there. He asked them if anything had changed since he'd been there and they all gave answers similar to the butcher - 'No, everything is still very good'. The French have a vague reputation as being a bit radical, but I always think it's deeply conservative when I'm here. Literally, in the way landscapes, buildings and...

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May 19, 2012 - Basque country begins to reveal itself

Today a treat for breakfast. Amalia having discovered my dislike of eggs yesterday, has Spanish breakfast for us today. It is baguette split and toasted and coated with some sort of very fresh tasting tomato pulp and topped with almost black jamon and a drizzle of olive oil. So much nicer than yesterday's omelet John reports and certainly better than my toast. I am curious about the tomato because it is like a pulp but seems uncooked so am whisked off to kitchen - Amalia is a whisking and whirling sort of person - and demonstration...

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May 19, 2012 - The entrails of fish

A low key day yesterday but with a great deal of walking. First we made our way down to the Gros area which is an area of town adjacent to the surfing area of the beach and apparently where the surfers hang out. Apart from one surf board shop we couldn't distinguish it from any other area of town but we did see some stalwart surfers in wet suits braving the cold and patiently waiting for some pretty pusillanimous waves. The beach though is entirely respectable - a lovely crescent of proper sand around which the low rise old town buildings...

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