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Jul 27, 2010 - A fantastic dinner

I slept in today and went straight to the beach for a few hours. Switching between the low wave beach and the surfers beach. I was planning to do some body boarding but when I got to the beach they had red and yellow flags up and there weren't many people in the water because of it. So I decided to skip the body boarding and just lay out. When I was tired of laying out, I went back to the hostel and showered. Then I found someone from the hostel who wanted to go to a nice dinner like myself. So we went and I treated myself to a delicious 4...

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Jul 26, 2010 - Ah! White Sand Beach

I woke up at 445 today to catch my 600 train to hendaye which is a french town on the spanish border. From hendaye, I caught a small train to San Sebastian. I checked into my hostel and headed straight to the beach! It was the first white sand beach I have been to. The weather was perfect, low 90s with a slight breeze. I took my first dip in the Atlantic ocean today. It was so nice. After that, I headed to the other beach which has huge waves and lots of surfers. It was great to watch people out surfing. After laying out in the sun I went...

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Jul 24, 2010 - FOUR mars bar ice creams

It was a shock to the system today, we had to be up really early – for us anyway. Having showered last night the plan was to eat, get dressed and leave. I am still carrying around oats in my bag and we planned to eat them for breakfast, but when my alarm went off at 7:15am I was unmotivated and to sleepy to get out of breakfast to eat. Instead got up with enough time to get changed, my bag was already packed. Seriously with the amount of stuff jam packed into this bag I will be surprised if it lasts till the end of the trip – Ashlee it is...

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Jul 23, 2010 - I am loving San Sebastian more and more

I figured since the hostel didn’t provide breakfast I wouldn’t set my alarm, we are always tired and the beds uncomfortable so any sleep is good sleep. I woke up about 9:30ish and Bek was still sleeping. I figured I would let her sleep in a while and I would catch up on uploading our most recent holiday photos on Facebook. I wasn’t keen to leave my warm bed anyway, I came to San Sebastian for sun, beaches and tanning and instead got storms and winter clothes. Feeling hungry we got out of bed and got ready. Luckily when we were leaving the...

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Jul 1, 2010 - Into the Wild

We left San Sebastian today on our the final leg of our journey. We're traveling through the Rioja wine region en route back to Madrid. Today we stopped in a small town on the Ebro river called Laguardia. It is one of three towns that make up the northern Rioja region, along with Haro and Lograno. Laguardia is a small walled town on a hill that offers great views of the wine vineyards in all directions. One of the coolest looking bodegas (winery) is Ysios, whose roof was inspired by casks in a wine cellar. We're planning on visiting one of...

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Jun 30, 2010 - Lazy in San Sebastian

We've been in San Sebastian for 3 days now with plans to leave tomorrow for the Rioja wine region. We're having a great time here, back at the beach where the water is warmer than the Med. For a beach town Stef and I both prefer Sitges, but there is a certain elegance and grace to this town that is different. It's like comparing La Jolla to Encinitas. Also, the water is warmer here which was a surprise to me - I had assumed that the Med would be warmer than the Atlantic. Mostly we're spending our days at the beach and evenings wandering...

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Jun 30, 2010 - Paris to San Sebastian

The trip from Paris to San Sebastian occurs on Sunday, but preparations begin Friday afternoon. That's when I visit the concierge at the hotel to help me book tickets on the high-speed train from Paris to San Sebastian. With the help of a 10 Euro note to keep his attention, he helps me to complete the seemingly-overcomplex transaction in about 30 minutes, much to the dismay of many older Americans wanting to know where they should eat that evening and if the restaurants are open at 5. Day two of preparations is on Saturday when I need to go...

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Aug 13, 2009 - Donostia

Bueno, este fue un día chistoso. Salí por mi cuenta a eso de ls 10 de la mañana para poder tomar un bus turistíco que me llevaía a Donostia/San Sebastian, pero por primera vez en Europa tuve que esperar porque hubo un retrazo. 20 minutos mas tarde el bus llego y pasamos por toda la costa del País Vasco francés recogiendo turistas en el tráfico. Parando en un sin fin de paraderos de bus en Bayonna, St Jean de Luz, Biarritz, Anglet, etc. Si alguna vez quieren hacer un paseo por tierra en el País Vasco tomen todo menos Basque Bondissant, se...

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Jul 10, 2009 - Meeting Steve and Louise in San Sebastian

Arriving in San Sebastian early in the morning we met Maddie’s parents Steve and Louise again who had been driving through France down into Spain. They picked us up from the airport and we set out for Bilbao and the Museo Guggenheim. We finally found it and spent a long time admiring the outside and the massive puppy made out of flowers (the pictures will explain it). We went inside and the line was really long and it was quite expensive so Louise kind of bailed, telling us that we should go by ourselves. Steve, having thoroughly researched...

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M + M in Europe 2009

May 30, 2009 - Spain and France

We met mom and Lyle at the airport in Bilbao, Spain on Friday May 8th! Overnighted in Getxo in a seaside hotel. Went to the Guggenheim museum on Saturday than spent the evening in a quaint little town, Santillana del Mar. Believe me, Rick did a hell of a job with a 5 speed, but please know that we frequented "round abouts" numerous times, and reversed (almost burning out the clutch) on uphill oneways (of course, going the wrong way!!). We headed for Mutruki, a coastal town to visit Loretta Beitia's family. They welcomed us with loving arms,...

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Oct 31, 2008 - Bilbao (31 Oct – 1 Nov) - Spain

We came to Bilbao for one reason – to see Frank Gehry's Guggenheim. The permanent exhibits were designed for the space and were really great, adding to the space and included a giant spider, multi-storey strips of LED text, 14m high flower 'puppy', huge steel spirals that you could walk through and which played tricks on your perception and sense of space (our favourite). The temporary exhibits did not really excite us – floors and floors of Ty Cwombly – however the star of the show, and what made the trip worthwhile was the building...

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Aug 30, 2008 - San Sebastian - Hiking along the Coast

On Saturday, we woke up early, packed our picnic lunch from the market, and headed to Zurriola Beach to do some hiking. It took us a little while to actually find the trail head but the search was worth it. The trail followed the coastline east from the beach, giving us one spectacular view after another. It was so nice to get away from the city for a little while and enjoy the fresh air and ocean breeze. We found a little grassy outcropping with an amazing view and decided it was the perfect spot for our picnic. Ham and cheese sandwiches...

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