Hotel Cote Basque
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Arrived in Paris at 7am and had a scary moment at the baggage carousel waiting for my luggage for 45 minutes and mine was the last bag to come out! As the crowds got thinner and the bags less I had my moment of "what happens if it doesn't come out??? Very happy to see my red deuter backpack on the carousel !
Caught a shuttle train to …
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 ...
... cars cannot pass.
-You walk in and hope that there is a table or counter free, because again, the best bars are usually full of people.
-You order your drinks (anything from a beer to a glass of fresh-pressed orange juice)
-You claim a spot, and then make your way to the bar to observe the pinxtos.
-You take or ask for a plate, then fill it with whatever looks good (and EVERYTHING looks good!)
-You show your plate to the waiter behind the ...
... 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.