Basque Country Times
San Sebastián has got to be one of the most beautiful places on earth. The scenery was breathtaking, the air was fresh, the town was amazingly cute with tons of shops, restaurants, markets and bars running up and down all the streets. The main taste for food are called pintxos and, boy, were they heavenly. We could have just spent the days going from place to place eating pintxos (pintxo is a snack, typically eaten in bars). The variety of toppings were impressive: jams, fried veggies, fish, meats, sauces, you name it, we saw it, maybe ate it. The eating part is always the most interesting for us mainly because of the flavors and new tastes, but the presentations easily convinced us to dive right in and fill our stomachs just enough before walking around the block to the next pintxos tasting.
The best part about our travels to San Sebastián was meeting up with Jean’s Aunt Judy and Uncle Steve. They are a wicked good time and certainly made our trip that much more worthwhile. The four of us decided to drive north to a tiny town called Arantzazu where we had an amazing homemade lunch and then we drove up a windy road to the top of the mountain where we visited the modern art church and took in the views. It was the most uniquely designed church I think we all have ever seen. In addition, the drive to both towns were gorgeous with luscious greenery surrounding the wooded areas, the freshest air you can imagine and the most adorable houses you’d want to live in. It was a real special treat to have family with us in Spain. Me gusta mucho!
Although it rained 97% of the time, we made the best of it and did it well. After returning from our adventure, we went out for dinner recommended by Aunt Judy called Txulotxo and WOW the food was awesome (to say the least). Thank goodness we took pictures of each plate. The scenery was just about perfect minus the rain clouds; our view from the table looking out into the Portua de Pasaia Bay was stunning, you could see the houses set up right on the edges over looking the bay, all the cool boats docked, it was a fantastic night. I don’t think there were any complaints.
The next day, we decided to take a trip up the cable car (funicular) because supposedly there is a grand view of La Concha beach and its surrounding area. The cable car was actually quite interesting and thanks to Uncle Steve, we learned about how the mechanics of it takes groups of tourists less than 10 minutes to get to the top. Once we got to the top, we could not believe the view and the amount of pictures we had to take to absorb this beauty was many. We probably spent around 2 hours at the top because it was just that beautiful and then, the fog starting rolling in, the rain drops began to fall and within minutes rain was pouring like crazy. I swear we timed it perfectly because it was just about that time to leave anyway to eat some more pinxtos, we already had our 200 pics of this view.
This was a wonderful trip with great family and awesome memories! I would recommend adding San Sebastián to your bucket list!