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Alderdieder

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  • Day3

    San Sebastián - first night in Spain

    July 29 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    It was getting a bit harder to drive and we crossed the border later than anticipated, so we stopped a little sooner. We found a reasonably priced place in San Sebastián and enjoyed the little tour around La Concha, the city beach, and the old town centre, before we escaped the growing crowds that were coming out for the night.Read more

  • Day10

    StaRt in A NeW DaY

    September 16, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    Wir haben alle wie Engel geschlafen in unserem trockenen Hotelzimmer.
    Heute morgen gab es Frühstück für Könige🙌
    Von diversen Müsli Zutaten, Früchte, Fleisch & Käse gab es auch noch viele verschiedene Gebäcke und Eiergerichte.

    Haben soeben unsere erste Challange des Tages erledigt uns sind auf den Berg Urgull spaziert.
    San Sebastiàn ist eine wunderschöne Stadt🙌

    Würden wir als Städetrip oder Urlaubsziel auf jeden Fall empfehlen 😍
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  • Day10

    San Sebastian

    September 15, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    Heute ging es noch nach San Sebastian auf den Monte Urgull. Von dort oben hat man einen wunderbaren Blick auf den Atlantik und auf die schönen Strände der Stadt. Der steile Weg nach oben lohnt sich definitiv. Somit haben wir eine der morgigen Aufgaben auch schon erledigt.Read more

  • Day5

    San Sebastien

    October 27, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 22 °C

    Après nous partons trouver un lieu pour dormir mais sur le chemin nous voyons de splendides paysages. Nous trouvons un endroit avec une vue splendide d’un côté la mer, d’un autre les deux et encore de l’autre les montagnes. Le soir nous regardons un magnifique coucher de soleil en attendant Janine Viallet et Daniel.Read more

  • Day55

    Donostia-San Sebastian

    October 27, 2016 in Spain ⋅ 🌫 14 °C

    Although it was a 5 hour train journey from Barcelona, we decided to go to Donostia-San Sebastián in northern Spain to get a taste of the Basque culture which is very unique. The Basque people actually at one point wanted to be independent from Spain (like many regions in Spain) and continue to retain their identity with their own language, traditions and more importantly food! This is also why this city has two given names: Donostia in Basque and San Sebastián in Spanish.

    This region is well known for it's culinary expertise. We enjoyed going to typical Pintxos (pronounced Pinchos) bars where a wide array of tapas would be displayed to choose from. The selections are heavily focused on seafood as San Sebastián is located on the coast but you can also find some good meat as well. We enjoyed trying both hot and cold Pintxos like veal cheeks, octopus, and sea urchin to name a few. Everything we ate was so unique and different and definitely very fresh!

    San Sebastián reminded us a lot of California with its beaches, surfers and chill atmosphere. It was a nice stop to explore this unique region in Spain and we highly recommend it for any foodies.
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    Daksha Patel

    Looks yummy !

    11/2/16Reply
    Daksha Patel

    Nice !

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  • Day8

    San Sebastian

    July 5, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Sam and I set off to explore the beautiful coastal city of San Sebastian. It sits on the Bay of Biscay in the Atlantic Ocean. It faces north and the aspect of the city is magnificent. The beaches in this city are said to be among the best in Europe and, from what I have seen here and elsewhere, I don't doubt it. The beaches have beautiful sand and they are horseshoe-shaped with boats and ships dotting the waterways. There is a shipping harbour and a river that goes out into the sea.

    There is a fort on each headland of the horseshoe shape, and two hills which can be climbed for a splendid view of the city. The views are quite breathtaking. Sam and I spent a few hours exploring and climbing the headland. The fort has areas called batteries, and one of them is called the Battery of Napolean because he took the city of placed his army in the fort. About a decade later the Spanish reclaimed the city in another battle and the French surrendered in that very fort. There is a sign that marks the spot. It is incredible to be walking in the very place where such major historical events took place.

    There is a museum in the fort, and the chapel is in the centre of the fort right on top of the hill.

    This city has about 400,000 inhabitants and it reminds me of Newcastle in terms of size and scale.
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    Fiona Smith

    Lovely pic :)

    7/5/18Reply
     
  • Day8

    Donostia

    July 5, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    We are in Basque territory. I had heard of this area before but did not realise what it really meant. The Basque people were displaced when the border between France and Spain was drawn up after the war. The Basque people were just forgotten about. They had lived in their own country in this region for centuries. They have their own language, culture and history. They insist they are not Spanish or Catalonian (another group in Spain wanting their autonomy, centred in Barcelona). The Basque people are proud of their heritage and they live in a semi-autonomous area which bridges France and Spain. San Sebastian is the name General Franco, the Spanish dictator, gave this city, but the Basque people call it Donostia.

    The Basque people have their own version of Tapas. They call it Pintxos (pronounced Pinchos). They are proud of this amazing way of presenting food and the chefs in the Pintxos bars are very competitive. The idea is that customers move from bar to bar, having one or two pintxos from each location. It means that people move up to 12 times to have dinner. The streets of the old city are packed with this crowd every afternoon and night, all seeking the best pintxos. It is amazing to see this take place. It's like the whole city is having a progressive dinner.

    The pintxos are only a couple of euros each, and the variety is extensive. It is difficult to capture the atmosphere in photos but here are a few in an attempt to do so. This finger-food is a fantastic way to provide food for a large number of people. They take the idea to the extreme and the taste combinations are very adventurous - too adventurous for Sam. He couldn't bring himself to try any. He thought the octopus legs and fish eyes were lurking in every pintxos. Sam lacks courage when it comes to trying new foods.
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    Susan Tappouras

    Ha ha Sam! I don’t blame you! Play it safe 🤢

    7/5/18Reply
    Fiona Carroll

    I'm with you Sam, bulging fish eyes, EW !!!

    7/5/18Reply
     
  • Day8

    Atmosphere and Culture

    July 5, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    The atmosphere and history of European cities reached out and grabs you and drags you into its spell. It is captivating to learn about the culture and history of each new people, the Basques being a new people and culture to me. They are respectful and do not behave drunkenly or disorderly. They obviously respect their culture and what it means to their families. All the families seem to work together in their communal projects, including the restaurants and shops.

    The culture here does not revolve around massive shopping centres like it does in Australia. The individual shops are all side by side and provide a specialty and they don't try to do everything.

    The historical buildings are all architecturally attractive and they are preserved carefully. There are a couple of modern buildings that have been architecturally bold, like the concert hall and the museum, but they blend with the old rather than create any dissonance.

    The city is a place where one could spend weeks just getting to know and relaxing into its beauty and charm. Its are pity we only have a couple of days.

    I sat for an hour this afternoon and listened to the best busking violinist I have ever heard. I spoke to her when she concluded her time and she told me in a strong accent that she was Russian and here on two weeks holiday. She was clearly a professional and she confirmed that when I spoke to her. She plays in Russia and teaches older students. Her English was poor but when she played it was like we were in a recital in the Opera House. It was a blessed hour in the town square. Many people were stopping, captivated by the surprising quality from someone merely busking. Hundreds of people walking past felt compelled to dig into their wallets to put money into her violin case. How could you not?
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  • Day18

    San Sebastian

    June 9, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    San Sebastian - 9 and 10 June
    We stayed just outside the Old Town of San Sebastian (about a 20 minute easy walk). Two nights here. San Sebastian is the city that invented the pintxos, the local word for small bar bites otherwise known as tapas - a meal in miniature, usually placed on a piece of bread. 
    You can either order from a hot menu or you fill your plate from the many choices of cold food lining the bar. We did a bit of both. It was great fun and delicious. So much so that we went there again the next night.

    San Sebastián is a resort town on the Bay of Biscay in Spain’s mountainous Basque Country. It’s known for Playa de la Concha and Playa de Ondarreta, beaches framed by a picturesque bayfront promenade, and world-renowned restaurants managed by innovative chefs. Its old town (Parte Vieja) is cobblestoned and has upscale shops next to the colourful pintxo bars. There is a real party atmosphere here - I can see how popular it must be in Summer with the beautiful beaches and more bars per square metre than anywhere else on Earth (so it is claimed).

    For spectacular views, you can walk to the top of Monte Urgull, at the tip of town, surrounded by low castle walls that circle a grand statue of Christ or, as we did, take the old-world funicular railway to the Parque de Atracciones (amusement park).
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  • Day10

    On our way to France

    September 13 in Spain ⋅ ☁️ 22 °C

    After we visited the Motako gaztelua, wich is a castle on top of a hill in San Sebastian, we headed back to France. At the end of the day we have a party near Bordeaux.

    Jan Verbart

    Ik ben trots op jullie petje af.

    Jan Verbart

    heb weer een goede reis vandaag.

     

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Alderdieder, Alderdi Eder