Lesson learnt - Be more prepared before each journey!
All the forums said the best way from Bordeaux to San Sebastian is by train to the France/Spain border, get off at Hendaye on the France side and walk across the bridge to Irun on the Spain side, and catch a local train up to San Sebastian. Sounds easy! Walking over the bridge was cool but felt very illegal and we wished there was some Customs dudes to show our passports… But there was no one to be seen apart from some dodgy looking dudes outside a bar – one with a horn growing out of his forehead…. for realz! And then we were in Spain!! We found a train station which looked semi-abandoned… It had no useful information and none of the stations on the line looked familiar from what we’d read. We decided that if a train did come, we’d just jump on and see where we end up! Luckily a train did come and some inspectors jumped off who assured us that we were on the right track and where to get off. After many f-bombs from Brad and lots of giggling from me…. PHEW!!
We stayed in a B&B cos it was the cheapest and closest place to the town centre. Luz, our host was lovely and sat us down with a map and showed us where we should go. Our location was awesome, right in the middle of town with views out the window up the street to the cathedral and up the hill to the big Jesus statue over-looking the town.
We checked out the beach and walked through the shops and into the old town. We were stuffed after more than 2 weeks of so much walking and staying out late. We tried our first Tapas off the bar coz we were starving! All the bars and restaurants here serve Tapas (or Pintxos) on the bar. You choose a few little snacks and have a drink and move onto the next place. The old town has literally hundreds of these places next each other, each a bit different to the next.
Our first full day was unreal. We took off in our runners ready for some serious walking on what was looking like a good day. Starting on the beach, we walked past where all the kid we playing soccer on a Sat morning. Their games times must vary depending on the tide! We checked out all around the bay and took an old train up the mountain to the lookout over the bay. It was quite strange… we weren't expecting some sort of amusement park up there! The view was second to none. That night we hit the tapas again - and too much sangria after meeting an Aussie hippy couple that were very interesting! We were planning to move on the next day but it was just too good and organised another night.
Second full day started slowly, it was rainy outside and we were hungover. As we mustered up the courage to head out the skies decided to clear up and San Sebastian really turned it on for us. We sunbaked and even thought of a swim in the crystal clear waters - until we put our feet in and we nearly passed out from shock! F-f-f-f-freeeeezing!
We had a nice lunch and realised it wasn't too expensive to get a feed at the restaurant that was on the water in the middle of the bay. We went back at 830pm when they opened and had what was the best dining experience we had ever had! A truffle and egg potato bake and vegie starters and the most succulent steak ever! All as the sun was setting across one of the most beautiful places in the world!
Off to Madrid by bus with maps and directions printed this time...
Photos are here HERE - The ones after the bird are iPhone pics