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Travel Blogs from St-Jean-de-Luz
... It was stunning to have such great weather for this day as we passed all the locals touring around the city. We ran into some incredible houses overlooking the ocean that we couldn't even imagine how expensive they would be!
We then stopped off at the Miramar Palace which is a "Harvard Like" House (aka. Mansion) perched on the banks of San Sebastián overlooking the bay and the Island of Santa Clara. This building now houses the famous music ...
... Voight. I'd love to come back and have a go at the rapids, just a little more pleasant than Lee Valley. At SJPdP I made my way to the pilgrims office to get my "credencial" stamped. The staff there give me some more information on the stage with a plan of all the stages with ascent/descent diagrams. I'm going to use this to make sure that some of the 40km stages I have planned are achievable. So onto ...
... 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.
... changed, became lush and picturesque, the houses clustered in villages, bridges and cobbles, hanging flower baskets swinging from everything and here we are...idyllic, chocolate box prettiness, just like in the movies with horses over the back fence. truly ones, a black one, a grey and a huge palomino hitched to cart. Today it has been softly raining so we drove to the village and looked at shops, had coffee and searched for a supermarket. ...