Balladins Chateauneuf les Martigues Superior
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Then the touring began of this beautiful ocean side town. We began with a quick walk along the river to the "Boca" (mouth) of the ocean where we first saw the stunning views of 'La Concha' (The Shell Beach). After a quick tour around the beach, we were desperately in need of some caffeine, so we decided to settle down at a little café with a great view of Bahía de la Concha (Bay of the Shell).
Quick note: This is where ...
... platform further down from where the train was stationed and seemed a little apprehensive to get on probably because they'd never seen such a small train but the destination indicator on the side of the train confirmed this was the right one. The journey to SJPdP was very picturesque with mountain views and flowing rapids. It reminded me a little of the views in the film Deliverance with Burt Reynolds ...
Today Oihane and her family brought me to the gorgeous city of San Sebastian.
Her father described the cities of the Basque Country to me as such: "Bilbao is capital of industry, Vitoria is the capital of politics, and San Sebastian is the capital of beauty"
I am inclined to agree.
From the towering spires of the Cathedral of San Sebastián to the gorgeous "conch" or shell shaped beach, this city is amazing. While walking around the city, ...
... amazing fews of the bay. There is a giant statue of Christ up at the summit, very similar to 'Christ the redeemer' over in Rio.
The old part of town has some narrow streets with plenty of bars offering pinxos (mostly seafood but quite a few smoked meats and cheeses)
Visited the museum 'De San Telmo' all about Basque history. Modern building fused with a refurbished church and cloister.
Afer 3 days of solid rain in San Sebastian, I decided to leave and head for Bilbao.
... de Nuestra Señora del Pilar, the church where the pilar is hidden. The exterior of the church is beautiful and inside the number of different alters and mini church set ups is not what I expected. We also paid 3 euros each to take the lift up the Torre Pilar, the tallest steeple to take in the views, which was worth while. In the evening the city was a light with music, street traders, festival memorbellia sells and the general hustle and bustle ...