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Travel Blogs from San Sebastián - Donostia
... up a wee bit late. But Martin became friends with some lovely Spanish Grandmas that helped us pass the time!
A quick trip back and then the fun began for the evening!
We met a group of Erasmus students studying in Madrid from the UK and we had a great time chit chatting and sharing some wine at the Hostel. Turns out one of the girls had done an exchange in Banff of all places and the other had family in Calgary! Small world ...
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.
After the dinosaur hunt we hit the road east towards San Sebastian. We had a very brief stopover in Bilbao before hightailing it after a run in with the law (took a bus lane through the city which the local constabulary weren't too pleased about....well one cop wasnt too pleased his mate in the passenger seat was laughing and joking.....good cop / bad cop!?!?). We arrived in San Sebastian which turned out to be ...
... Spanish terms, and it is a short ride by taxi from the hotel. The restaurant is almost full by the time we are arrive, and we are promptly seated and sipping our first champagne, while we peruse the menu. We decide on the degustation menu - and the food would be best described as modern Basque cuisine. The service is friendly and attentive and we are quickly enjoying a delicious if not different feast. In between courses we chat with our fellow ...