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Monthly Archives: February 2014

This is Where it Ends

Amsterdam and rain; can't get away from it. Well we did for a couple of weeks. It was so miserable outside the station in wind and the rain, that even having three hours to kill, we ventured only a few metres away from the terminus building before turning back. At least we got to use … Continue reading »

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Paris to Amsterdam

This morning we awoke to our view of the Eiffel Tower as we had left the curtains open for that reason. It was hard to get out of the kingsize bed. Downstairs in the pension we had a spartan meal of bread and La Vache Qui Rit squares, washed down with a machine beverage labelled, … Continue reading »

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Donostia – San Sebastián to Paris

We got up too early, either that or we packed too much last night. Because, after doing morning exercises, showering and dressing we found ourselves standing in the lobby of the pension before the reception opened for the day. This meant that we could not get our tickets for breakfast in the bar around the … Continue reading »

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Donostia – San Sebastián Day 4&5

Our plan for the day was to explore a bit of the town we had not been in before. Also there was a restaurant in that quarter that was open on a Monday, unlike so many that stay closed after a busy weekend. The walk was pleasant in the morning sun and we crossed the … Continue reading »

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Donostia – San Sebastián Birthday

A warm and sunny day, which I always share with the world. It was forecast to be like this all day, so after breakfast we went to sit outside in the sun. I was sitting, writing and admiring the crowds of people out early on a Sunday morning, when I heard Christina laughing. Looking around … Continue reading »

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Donostia – San Sebastián Day 2

We had to eat breakfast in a bar around the block, in a small square. We had our croissant and coffee and were about to leave, when Christina started a conversation with the barkeep and asked him about getting tickets for the Real Sociedad v FC Barcelona match due the next day. “Next day?” He … Continue reading »

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Lisbon to San Sebastián

I woke to snow in the hills. The guy in the bunk opposite was reading his phone, still fully dressed on top of the blanket. I shimmied on some clean pants and got my trousers on in the tight space available, splashed some water on my face from the faucet and slipped out of the … Continue reading »

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Lisbon

Lisbon has done us a lot of good. It was just what Christina and I needed. A cultured city with plenty to see, an outstandingly good transport system and a population of very kind and friendly people. The only thing that Lisbon is not great for is vegetarians. There are veggie restaurants, but they tend … Continue reading »

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Vigo to Lisbon

If it's Sunday, it must be Vigo. Couldn't be anywhere else, really. La Estrella B&B is a lovely place on which someone has lavished a lot of love and attention. And it is in a great position for a night out in Vigo 'Party Town'. It didn't seem very lively at ten on a Saturday … Continue reading »

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Irun to Vigo

Not sure that I'm up to the task of describing a one day train journey across Spain, but there were no other volunteers, so here it is. The end was in darkness, so that leaves eleven hours to fill with descriptions of the views from our carriage windows. So to avoid that, I'll start from … Continue reading »

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