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Europe » Spain » Basque Country » San Sebastián October 29th 2018

Left Haro Monday morning....very cold....and as soon as we drove a little way out of town could see snow on the small hills and that just got worse the closer we got to Bilbao, sleet, ice on the road and lots of snow. Wanted to go via Bilboa to see the Guggenheim and we were not disappointed, glad we made the detour there. The drive from Bilboa to San Sebastian was even hairier......a lot of the roads were covered in icy sludge and snow....quite slippery in parts but we finally limped into San Sebastian around 3.30pm. Our apartment is in the middle of the city.....a beautiful place...we cannot believe the value we are getting with our AirB&B choices...we are on the 6th Floor overlooking the city.....our host Andrea is just lovely....she tells me their whole family ... read more
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Europe » Spain » Basque Country » San Sebastián September 27th 2018

Even 'though it is off season San Sebastian is a party town. Imagine South Bank, New years eve, with a surf beach and thousands of merry tourists. It was good fun, the sun shone a warm welcome, the surf wasn't the best and it was crowded but Carl rented a wet suit and enjoyed himself. The food was the best part. All day and most of the night hundreds of bars and restaurants offered Pintxos or Tapas. Sea Urchin was delicious. I felt I left no more personal foot prints on the lives of the people of San Sebastian than I left on the sands of its beaches. But it was fun. We went to the Guggenheim. What a fantastic building, such imagination and creativity shame most of the exhibits inside were a bit disappointing. MONA ... read more
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Europe » Spain » Basque Country » San Sebastián September 18th 2018

I really enjoyed my week at the Spanish school and I learned a lot. The entire week was spent on one of the four past tenses, the past perfect. That is an action is finished but the time period continues. e.g. This morning I ate breakfast, because the day is continuing it is a different past form. There is a picture of me with my graduation certificate. The AirBnB we stayed in for two weeks was a challenge. The room wasn't much larger than a good sized en suite bathroom. There was a closet, bookcase and display case but they were all chockers with the families stuff. We had no choice but to live out of our suitcases. If we wanted something from the suitcase, one of us had to sit on the bed or stand ... read more
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Europe » Spain » Basque Country » Vitoria-Gasteiz August 19th 2018

After I left university in Germany I decided to spent the summer in Spain. Not having much money I thought it would be a good idea to find a job as an Au Pair, that way accommodation would be provided and I would make a little it of money, not to forget i could experience the Spanish life style from a local perspective. I was little prepared and spoke even less Spanish. I remember taking a beginner course at University, thought be a girl from Dominica who was really lovely, but since she could only speak Spanish and was not able to explain anything the only thing I picked up was the accent on the little words I learned. I applied for a few jobs all around Spain and accepted the first offer I received from ... read more
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Europe » Spain » Basque Country » Vitoria-Gasteiz August 19th 2018

Almost every town in Spain seems to have their own Fiestas. You have the more known one like the Racing with the Bulls in Pamplona or La Tomatia in Valecia. In August 2009 I got to experience one of the lesser known festivals called La Blanca in Vitora Gasteiz. I had absolutely no idea what to expect. The only thing i knew was I had to be at the Virgen Blanca square by 6pm on August 4th with a bottle of cheap Bubbles, wearing an orange hat. I was hosting a Couchsurfer for a few days so we both went down to the Plaza which as 10 minute walk from my place to meet my friends. The Plaza was crowded with people and everyone was staring up towards the little church on the hill. At 6pm ... read more

Europe » Spain » Basque Country » Bilbao July 3rd 2018

Nous sommes toujours dans le Pays Basque et je peux vous dire que je serai contente d'être débarrassée des panneaux en deux langues… Comme dit dans le dernier blog nous visitons aujourd’hui Bilbao mais avec le Guggenheim il faut que je vous prépare deux blogs… Guggenheim est intense en image et malgré tout je pense que vous pourrez découvrir quelques images de Bilbao avec intérêt… Après le bus depuis le camping, nous avons pris le métro qui nous a mené à la vieille ville sous les conseils d’une habitante du coin… Elle nous a gentiment indiqué que voir avant de nous rendre au musée ce qui nous a mené vers la Cathédrale St Jacques de même que longer les petites rues anciennes. Il nous suffisait de prendre par après la promenade qui longe la rivière de ... read more
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Europe » Spain » Basque Country » Bilbao July 3rd 2018

Grand jour... car c'était il y a 50 ans.... Nous fêtons cela au bord de la Méditerranée.... tout en parcourant La Manga del Mar Menor... Ce soir nous aurons le plaisir de continuer la fête en allant dîner dans un restaurant qui appartient à des amis belges que nous avions en Argentine.... La soirée risque d'être gastronomique... Voyez la petite vidéo en cliquant sur cette page : http://restauranterebate.com/sitio/ en espagnol ou : http://restauranterebate.com/sitio/fr/ Vous descendez un peu dans la page et découvrirez une video vous présentant l'endroit... Et pour revenir à nos moutons (ou plutôt dans le cas présent à nos vaches...), et nous en retourner au Nord du pays afin de continuer le blog... amusez-vous avec mes copines.... url=https://youtu.be/pcchAJ... read more
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Europe » Spain » Basque Country June 29th 2018

Et Viva España !!!!! nous arrivons dans le pays pour bientôt faire la fête aux jeune mariés… mais il nous faut encore de la route avant que le 14 juillet n’arrive… Avant cela nous aurons aussi notre fête à nous, le 5 juillet… Nous passons donc la frontière franco-espagnole sans même qu’on n’y trouve un panneau ou un poste frontière… C’est lors d’un dernier petit arrêt en France que nous nous arrêtons deux minutes pour l’achat du Télé Star que la vendeuse de la boutique m’annonce que nous sommes à 20 m de la frontière ! Merci Madame, puisqu’ici on parle encore en français … Et lors du prochain arrêt, ce sera Buenos Dias Señora et Gracias Señora !!! Ah l’Espagne… Comme en 2016, nous voici plongés dans un progrès économique et industriel du pays qui ... read more
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03 Le train Madrid-Hendaye passe par ici...

Europe » Spain » Basque Country » Bilbao May 29th 2018

Die Hotel in Bilbao waren weitgehend ausgebucht. Frei waren nur noch Betten in Schlafsälen mit 10 Betten oder Hotels mit Zimmerpreisen von vielen Hundert Euro - bis zu 3500 €. Ich wusste gar nicht, dass es das gibt. Also buchte ich außerhalb in einem Kurheim, das mindestens 100 Jahre alt ist und diesen Charm bewahrt hat. Es ist früher von einem Orden geleitet worden und mein Zimmer schaut aus, wie eine Klosterzelle. Es waren 50 km bis Bilbao aber eine wunderschöne Fahrt durch so eine Art Schwarzwald. Und es hat nicht geregnet!!! Mit Paul fuhr ich bis direkt vors Museum, wo er brav auf mich wartete. Die Stadt ist weitgehend toll hergerichtet. Der Begriff Bilbao-Effekt bezeichnet die gezielte Aufwertung von Orten durch spektakuläre Bauten von Architekten. Der Begriff geht auf die Entwicklung der nordspanischen Stadt Bilbao ... read more
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Europe » Spain » Basque Country » Bilbao May 27th 2018

Prepared for the weather, we stepped out into the rain and began our 6km walk to board the bus for Bilbao, where Jane wanted to see and visit the Guggenheim Museum. It is a museum of modern and contemporary art housing major 20th-century artworks and was designed by Canadian-American architect Frank Gehry. The museum was inaugurated on 18 October 1997 by King Juan Carlos I of Spain. The building is gleaming titanium and glass. Apart from the last few kilometres the complete journey to Bilbao was in rain, very low cloud and thick mist. The road wound its way into, over and down the mountains, through scores of tunnels and bridges. The valleys were deep, the rivers frequent, the vegetation lush green, the farmhouses were neat and clinging to the valley sides, the small towns silently ... read more
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