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San Sebastian Travel Blog› entry 23 of 27 › view all entries
May 24th, 2010 – by: quinnkim
Never fear, San Sebastian is amazing, and well worth a visit, just to wander its beautiful streets and spend time swimming and sunbathing on the gorgeous bay! We started the day with breakfast at the diner, real eggs and bacon and a terrific cup of tea. We wandered around old town, checking out Plaza Constitucion where they used to hold bullfights and the houses are still numbered like seats.
Next, we went to the market and wandered around checking out the fresh meats, vegetables and fish. Markets like this are amazing and we simply don´t have anything like it at home. You can buy the freshest meats, strangest cuts of meat, all of your salad fixings all in one place. We were full from breakfast otherwise we may have walked out with some yummy stuff.
Next we walked over to the Aquarium. San Sebastian has a great aquarium. The first part contains a history of shipping and fishing in the area, with great models of ships, and everything translated into English. The second part are the aquariums and they have a great collection of fish, including a walk-through tube that has tons of sharks and rays and several tanks of beautiful tropical fish.
After the aquarium it was time for the beach. Brian really wanted to rent a rowboat and paddle out into the bay, but even though we found the place, it was closed. Shocker to find some business closed in Spain, we are beginning to wonder how they manage to make any money at all. Earlier in the day we tried to rent Segways to take a tour and that place was closed too. No matter, we changed into our suits and hit the beach. It was very hot so we decided to swim first.....then we jumped into the Atlantic and it was freezing! Wow was that water cold.
Americans are so square! :)
After the beach we took the bus over to the other side of the bay where they have a funicular railway to the top of the mountain. For 2 euros you can ride up and check out the gorgeous views of the bay. They have several amusement park rides at the top, but they were also all closed, so we just wandered around and took some great photos.
Since all of our restaurant choices were closed we hit the internet cafe to do some research. Tonight was supposed to be our great sit down meal and even though Tapas are a lot of fun, I was really looking forward to sitting, drinking wine and being waited on.
We found a nice restaurant over by the river that had a 50 euro tasting menu. We had several courses of delicious fish, soup, salads and ox tail. It was very good food, but still a tad bland compared to what we are used to at home. We enjoyed a white wine from the Rioja region and a yummy dessert. It was a nice cap to our brief stay in San Sebastian.
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