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Plaza Constitucion, you can see the seat numbers
So, it is Monday. We factored Monday in to our plans by going to San Sebastian first, in order not to miss the Guggenheim which is closed on Monday. But we came to San Sebastian, in part, to eat at one of the amazing Michelin-starred restaurants, which it turns out are all closed on Monday....yikes!

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.
The market
If you lived there and a bullfight was held you had to let the ticket-holder out on your balcony to watch the bullfight and you were allowed to watch over their shoulders.

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.
Beautiful Bay of Biscayne
It seemed to be field trip day from the schools as there were hundreds of small children running around wild. The teachers were not doing anything to monitor or control the children which made us a little nutty, but we just tried to stay back from the masses.

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.
Our street, the bridge is actually a street over our street
It felt great to stretch out on the sand with a good book and relax. Europeans are big believers in topless sunbathing, and the beach was full of topless women. Brian suggested I go topless, telling me ´when in Rome´to which I replied, ´well since we are not in Rome I guess I will keep my top on´
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.
Our street from the bridge
Our internet research did not yield any results so we opted to dress and wander around and find something.

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.
cotterb says:
No row boats for us here...bummer. After Madrid I felt like a real seaman.
Posted on: May 25, 2010
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Plaza Constitucion, you can see th…
Plaza Constitucion, you can see t…
The market
The market
Beautiful Bay of Biscayne
Beautiful Bay of Biscayne
Our street, the bridge is actually…
Our street, the bridge is actuall…
Our street from the bridge
Our street from the bridge
Enjoying an ice cream cone after t…
Enjoying an ice cream cone after …
View up the hill from the funicula…
View up the hill from the funicul…
The funicular
The funicular
Wow, its gorgeous
Wow, its gorgeous
Lighthouse marking the bay
Lighthouse marking the bay
Brian with the river in the backgr…
Brian with the river in the backg…
Our yummy restaurant
Our yummy restaurant