Ibis Bilbao Centro
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So we took our first ever day trip to Bilbao. I learned where the bus station is and how to load the cards to get the bus tickets. The bus ride was just over an hour and it was the funniest thing ever. Cameron was sitting behind us and for the first 20 minutes was all excited and was like "wow! Dynamite!" to all the mountains we were passing and then I tried to sleep since we left at like 8 am and we didn't get too much sleep since we were all drinking the night before. Then Cameron asks ...
Today we left the resort town of San Sebastián and headed down the coast towards a Basque wine region which on the hillsides just above the ocean. They say that the salty mist, flavors their wine in away that other grapes cannot match. Tastes like wine to me. But it's a good story . . . We followed the coast line and witnessed giant waves from the Atlantic pounding the rocks. We've seen large waves during high surf warnings in Santa Cruz, but these guys were way larger and ...
Bilbao is the capital of Basque Country, or in Spanish, País Vasco. There are actually four national languages in Spain. Gallego is spoken in NW Spain in a region called Galicia. Catalán, which is spoken in Cataluña with Barcelona as the capital. Castellano or Castilian, what we simply call Spanish is spoken throughout the country. And finally, Vasco or Basque, spoken in basque country.
When Francisco Franco was in power from 1939 until his death in 1975, he ...
... with my
sister, Allegra because I know they will get along very well. Miller and
Courtney are very sweet and motherly. We went to a restaurant on the beach,
walking distance from the ship. The food, of course, was incredible! I had
several pintxos, a glass of white wine, and my entrée was gnocchi with
Bolognese sauce. It was such a lovely time-just a small group of friends
enjoying a long, leisurely, fantastic meal and admiring the sunset over the
... on the really old bottles are too brittle, so to open them (like when they opened a 1929 bottle to fete Gehry, since that is his birth year), they have to heat a pair of tongs, apply the tongs to the neck of the bottle, and then splash cold water on the bottle's neck to force it to break open. Pretty nifty. Another highlight was the bottle aging area, where the winery can age up to 7.6 million bottles at a time before release to the public.
The wine ...