Monthly Archives: June 2013

En Andernos-Les-Bains

Just when we think our holiday is over, we found another magical

beautiful French seaside. We are staying in a belle chambre d'hote

avec Pascal et sa femme.

We lucked out big time. We went to Cap Ferret to see the ocean and

what a beach! We stopped in a beautiful quiet little village L'Herbe

dans le Basin D'Arcachon. We had a cafe grand cafe and then headed

for Cap Ferret and the beach.

We soaked up the tres privat plage dans le soleil. Palge sauvage avec

le sable au dela l'horizon.

After many hours in the sun we visited the point to view the sand

dunes and the huge lighthouse.

Then it was find a epicerie pour acheter du vin, de la biere et de la nouriture.

Returning to our B&B La Villa Hebert we enjoyed some gambas

(shrimp/prawns), the beer, chorizo sausage, du pain et du vin de

Cahor.

Malheuresement, c'est la fin de notre vacanse demain. I'll faut

remericier Dieux. Grace a lui, nous avons passe un bon temps en

France et en Espayne. This vacation exceeded our expectations for

sure.

More pictures to follow. Love/amor..

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Pintxos

It's like Rio without the heat or the favelas.

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San Sebastian/Donastia Spain

Here we are finally having a stay put holiday in beautiful San Sebastian (Spanish name) / Donastia (Basque name). It is a land of beautiful scenery, beaches and great food. We picked up the keys to our apartment overlooking the Atlantic Ocean yesterday and have been exploring the pintxos bars and ocean side promenades.

Today after a great sleep, we hiked up to the Monte Urgali to see the Cristo Redemptor (Christ the Redeemer) statue and took some photos of the beautiful scenery overlooking the ocean and city.  There was a wedding ceremony about to take place with beautiful bride and groom and plethora of baby's breath.
It was the first sunny day after 6 weeks of rain!  Needless to say we headed for the beach to enjoy the sunshine and many more natural sites.  Life is good in San Sebastian.  Off to the pintxos bars for the Saturday night life shortly.  Some of the most exquisite tapas in the world and vino.  Ole Ole!

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Bilbao Magical Mystery Tour

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June 20, 2013 · 8:21 pm

Stairway to Heaven

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June 20, 2013 · 8:20 pm

The Program

In Spain, you eat breakfast at 8 am, a tapas or two at noon, dinner at 2 pm and lunch at 8:30 pm. We finally got with the program today in Bilbao. Note the new scarf!

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Paye Vasco/Paye Basque

When we were on the Camino de Santiago Frances 3 years ago, we met a few pilgrims from the Basque region of Spain. They were very lively and said we had to visit their 'country' someday. Well today we did.

We took the train from Deba, a small basque village to Bilbao the capital of Paye Vasco/Paye Basque. Wow, hemmed in by the steep green hills on one side and the Atlantic on the other, we were treated to an Alice in Wonderland experience.

Town after town full of 10 story apartment buildings all joined together looking out at the steep hills. Bilbao is this magical place filled with a winding river, cobblestone streets, stairways to heaven and pintxos, those tiny little seafood tapas delicacies.

Well we fell in love with this magical place. Turns out Paye Vasco/Paye Basque is the wealthiest region of Spain with GDP/person 40 per cent higher than the rest of Spain due to iron ore and other resources. They are one of the 17 independently managed communities of Spain. And yes they have perhaps the best food in the world as we hope to confirm in Donastia/San Sebastian starting tomorrow. Ciau! A few more Bilbao pics to follow.

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More mother Marie

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June 18, 2013 · 7:31 pm

Mother Marie

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Mother Mary everywhere

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June 18, 2013 · 7:29 pm