Hi everyone! I just got home from my visit to the family in San Sebastian, Spain (Basque Country) where I spent 8 wonderful days catching up with relatives on my mother's side before getting on a cruise ship in Amsterdam which took us along the coastline of the UK, Belgium, and France. I thought I'd share a few pics for those of you who are interested.
We made the decision to explore more of the Basque region while we were there in lieu of sitting around my cousins kitchen table and eating 24/7. The woman can cook, and her favorite pastime is feeding us! Let's just say I have a hard time resisting the familiar dishes she whipped up with hardly any effort so we tried to offset the caloric intake with a lot of walking during the day.
One of the cities we visited was Pamplona, the town Hemingway made famous in his novel The Sun Also Rises. This is where the bulls make that wild run to the arena through incredibly narrow streets while people from all over the world try and stay out of the way of their deadly horns and hooves. This usually happens the first week of July during the festival of San Fermin. Since we were there in June all I can show are photos of the narrow streets and me faking it with stuffed bulls in a gift shop.
|You have to pay a couple of Euros to get a photo op with the bulls.|
|One of the streets on the route to the arena. See the balcony's on the houses? The owners sell a viewing spot for tons of money on bull running days for the crazy tourists willing to pay.|
|One of the many altars inside the church.|
|Stained glass window depicting the fallen Ignatius during the battle|
of Pamplona before he decided to become
a spiritual leader.
|A view from the fourth floor window of Ignacio's home.|
|One of the beaches on the way. We stopped for ice cream.|
|One of the canals in Holland|
|Portsmouth England-first stop in the UK.|
|This is the area where Ryan's Daughter was filmed. Magnificent scenery.|
the majestic landscape.
|Chateau Du Breuil in Cheverny France where Calvados wine is distilled.|
|The original chateau built in the 15th century.|
|This is where they store the wine caskets. It used to be the stables.|
|Honfleur-we visited this quaint town after the Calvados wine tasting.|
|The harbor in Honfleur|
|Brugge is a gorgeous city.|
|More of Brugge.|
|Chocolates anyone? It was mind boggling.|
|Our stop in Brugge was the best part of the tour. Unfortunately we were only there 1 day.|
|The horse drawn carriage added so much charm to the area.|
|Some beautiful lace.|