"Is it not cruel to let our city die by degrees, stripped of all her proud monuments, until there will be nothing left of all her history and beauty to inspire our children? If they are not inspired by the past of our city, where will they find the strength to fight for her future?" Jacqueline Kennedy

Friday, June 28, 2019

San Sebastián, Spain And Its Famous Pintxos

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The Maria Cristina Hotel in San Sebastián
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Glorious morning in San Sebastián
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Constitutión Plaza
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Glorious symmetry
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Old town San Sebastián
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Basílica de Santa Maria del Coro
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Newlyweds
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Casa Vergara in old San Sebastián
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Casa Alcalde
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My apologies for going silent for a while. I am still in Europe, but have enjoyed stepping away from the computer for a bit.
After a wonderful trip to Portugal and the north of Spain,  I made my way to France to my family's home in the Auvergne. There will be plenty of posts on my summer country life in a bit, I promise, but first, some photos of San Sebastián,  our last stop in Spain, and frankly, my favorite place on this vacation.
San Sebastián, or Donostia, is in Basque country, on the Bay of Biscay, not far from France..  It is a wonderful resort town, full of elegant old buildings and a lovely old part of the city, which is lined with the most lively bars and restaurants.  At night, it seems everyone stops at a bar for pintxos, little bite sized sandwiches covered with cured ham, sardines, deviled eggs, shrimps, fried calamari and all other sorts of delicious combinations.  The Pintxos are incredibly cheap, from 2.50 Euros to 4.00 Euros. The wine was even cheaper at 1.50 Euros for a great white or red.
My husband and I managed to stop at four different bars in one night, sampling both pintxos and wine. (I did have a wicked headache the next morning.)
As lovely as Porto was, I think I would choose San Sebastián to come back to. It was just so lovely.

As I mentioned, I am now in the Auvergne in France. Though we are high up in the mountains, it is currently 100 degrees Fahrenheit, which is quite rare in these parts of France.  I have been busy cleaning the garden and the house here before our first guests arrive this summer.  Please come back for photos of this year's project on our 1866 stone farm house.

Hoping that your summer is going well,
Katia

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Those shrimp pintxos look huge and delicious.

Katia said...

Oh, they were.

Ferran Porta said...

Hi Katia. Long long time without reading blogs, yours included unfortunatelly. But I came back at the right time, I see: San Sebastián/Donosti is as you say a wonderful small city. Actually, I recommend next time you try to visit the whole coastal zone of the Basque Country, including Bilbao: this old industrial city, a horror until back in the eighties, is now also a beautiful town (with also tasty pintxos).

Enjoy your time in France!

Katia said...

Good to hear from you, Ferran. Had been wondering what you were up to. Yes, we really enjoyed Spain not once, but twice this year. Even made it to Bilbao, but only to visit the museum. Will have to come back.
Having a busy summer in France with lots of family and lots of work on the house. I will have to do an extensive post to update all of my readers.