November 30, 2015 · 3:53 pm
6th August 2013
Looking back over my emails from this time I see this is the point I started looking around for a tour to join. I still hadn’t recovered well from my bouts of sickness that started in Paris and I think home-sickness was playing a large part in my feeling a bit lost.
The train journey from San Sebastián to Vigo passed through fields of what may have been wheat or barley and looked just like home at times, then I spotted the towers, so not Australia, lol. It’s fascinating to wonder why the train lines run where they do, sometimes almost on the beach, or running along a river and other times through small hills instead of around them. This trip was particularly interesting, farmland, mountains, a river with pretty garden plots, and a dam with its gates open.
Pretty in the country, Spain
from San Sebastian to Vigo
The gates are open……
Wonderful, but not home!
Just like home until you see the tower
Uninspiring urbanization happens everywhere apparently!
Perfect weather in Vigo Spain
I wandered aimlessly around Vigo for a day or so while trying to decide where to go and what to do next.All the same, it’s a pretty city and I was never lost for new and unusual things to keep me interested.I stayed near the waterfront quite close to the old part of the city, the cruise liner docks and even a shopping centre – the first one I’ve seen for weeks!
Jules Verne riding an octopus in Vigo Spain
Did you know that Jules Verne set a part of his book 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea in the Bay of Vigo and he visited the city in 1878 on his yacht? Neither did I, but there’s a fantastic statue commemorating this on the waterfront!
The architecture is a mix, with huge ornate gothic looking buildings along side plain square block of offices and apartments. I saw several unusual building details too, they looked like closed in Juliette balconies or window seats. I just love all the little quirky things you see, like a derelict building with a few of its outside wooden blinds still hanging as if new, or an old building finding a new purpose in life and still retaining its original gorgeous and unique features.
Loving this building in Vigo
I sat and sketched in the gardens, watched a guy in the plaza entertaining kids with a bubble blowing contraption made from two sticks with a piece of rope tied to each end and a bucket of water and soap suds, and googled tours endlessly.
The waterfront at Vigo, Spain
Rain rain go away, Vigo, Spain
Part of the harbour on a rainy day at Vigo, Spain
Unusual finds in Vigo Spain
Such wonderful reflections in those windows, Vigo, Spain
Mmmm, thought that person was real for a minute, lol
What a lovely window seat. Vigo, Spain
The old and the new of Vigo
These little hidden squares are so European and utterly divine
There’s a story there!
Laneways through the old part of Vigo in Spain
Relaxing in the plaza, Vigo, Spain
Sad or contemplative?
Statue detail in Vigo Spain
Old signs and wooden blinds
November 28, 2015 · 3:04 pm
4th August 2013
Decided to spoil myself with a first class ticket on the TGV to San Sebastian as a few of the trains I’ve been on lately have been really crowded and noisy but not in a nice way.
Ahha, I’m in Spain!
Somewhere along the line a nice young Irish guy made his way into the almost empty carriage and was in for a good old chat. We were having a lovely time until the ticket person came along and evicted him for lack of the correct class of ticket! Poor guy, he had to go back to the pleb carriages!!
The stop at Irun was a matter of follow everyone else and hope for the best. I didn’t realize but it was the border crossing because I was herded to what I thought was a ticket office, made to produce my passport and get waved on after a really perfunctory glance.
La Zurriola Beach in the late afternoon glow
Parts of the journey took me along the coast which was easy to take and left me wishing I could stop for a while. I also found it amazing how the architecture changed quite dramatically as soon as we were in Spain, the overall style of buildings was very different within just a few kilometers. My hotel was just a few streets away from the train station (getting clever!) so I had no trouble finding Pension Ondarra which was rather chic, modern and in a great spot.
San Sebastian, Spain
I thoroughly enjoyed my couple of days in San Sebastian, explored the beach close by, Zurriola, which is massive and full of people, young and old, playing games, surfing and generally hardly sitting still for a minute. Walked across the bridge to the old town centre and the more famous ones at La Concha Bay and marveled at finding such beautiful beaches only steps from the city and it’s grand old buildings. It surely must have the best in-city beaches anywhere in the world.
There was a great little bar just across from my hotel so pintxo and mojitos were my new favourites although I heard a gin-tonic is a San Sebastian specialty – maybe I’ll have to go back again to try them!
Gorgeous afternoon sun in San Sebastian Spain
Concha Beach, San Sebastian, Spain
The beautiful La Concha beach in San Sebastian
San Sebastian City Hall right on the bay
The very modern Kursaal – Palace of Congress and Concert Hall
Reflections in the Kursaal funky windows
Not much call for the loungers and umbrellas today! San Sebastian Spain
Zurriola Beach, San Sebastian
Just can’t resist buildings like this one, San Sebastian Spain
Puente de Maria Cristina which is protected by the angels at both sides
Even utility grates can be little works of art
Donostia San Sebastian
Who’s been here???? In San Sebastian Spain
Portal at the end of the Bridge of Maria Cristina
Cute cherubs in San Sebastian
Architecture of San Sebastian Spain
Don Quixote and Sancho Panzo statue on the beachfront of San Sebastian
Wandering in the Old Town of San Sebastian