The beautiful beach
San Sebastian Travel Blog› entry 23 of 28 › view all entries
We needed to do a little planning today because we have to catch the plane tomorrow from Bilbao back to Barcelona. I´m finding that the Rick Steves guide is great but you have to read what he says. His chapter headings help, but he packs a lot of information in there. By reading him carefully you are directed right where you need to be. If you don´t read it carefully you get frustrated quickly. We made that mistake in Ronda, and as we exited the bus near the bus station in San Sebastian we did it again, but fortunatly were only a block away from where we needed to be.
We purchased bus tickets for 9am tomorrow to get us from San Sebastian to Bilbao so that we would have time to see the Guggenheim museum and catch our flight from Bilbao to Barcelona. The tickets were only 9€ a piece and the trip will be under 90 minutes so the bus was a much better choice then the train which would have taken 2.5 hours.
We then took the bus to the funicular, a steep angle train which takes you to the top of the Monte Igueldo. While there´s a small amusement park up there the big draw is the view of the city. Today the park was closed anyway so we got some great photos and then returned to the city.
We relaxed a bit and walked around the dock to the Aquarium at the end. It was actually a pretty impressive exhibit for being such a small city and we laughed at the school class who was there.
We took some time and headed for the beach. It was incredible. The sand was soft, the water was a little cold at first but it became comfortable. We hung out there for several hours. I couldn´t help but notice, and comment on how all the Spanish women were topless (and one man was bottom less) and recommended that Kim enjoy the sun...."When in Rome..." I told her. She replied, "We´re not in Rome."
We also, at some point during this (and I might actually have this entire sequence of events mixed up) we also went to the Brexta Market. This is an underground market with all types of foods. We commented to each other that it would be neat to rent a condo or sail boat in San Sebastian and cook for ourselves after shopping at this market.
Later we spent a short amount of time on the internet. I tried to update the blogs a bit while Kim did a search for the Micheline resturants. She got a bit frustrated because everything was in Spanish but eventually between the two of us we found 4 in San Sebastian which had at least a one star rating. Because it was Monday only one was open, and they had meals starting at 150€/person. That was beyond our reach, so instead we returned to the hotel, got a little dressed up (as much as you can when living out of a backpack) and walked around the town a bit to find somewhere nice to eat. The tapas meals we´ve been having were great, but we wanted something a little nicer for tonight.
We were a bit ahead of schedule and the resturant we found didn´t seem open so we had a couple of beers at a nearby jazz club. Being early the band wasn´t playing but the music was nice and the place was empty so we were able to chat with each other a bit. At the Resturant Urepel we found a great meal for much less then the Micheline rated places. It was a 6 course meal which included salads, entrees, and dessert. Yumm.
A 6 course meal takes time to eat and it was past 11pm when we finished. Having a long travelling day tomorrow we hit the sack.