San Sebastian (II)

Hi!  Just catching up?  Here is part I.

We took a early afternoon bus from Bilbao to San Sebastian on Sunday morning (tip: buy tickets ahead of time because they sell out and then you either need to purchase tickets with the more expensive company or you need to book a “deluxe” bus).  The bus only takes an hour, so within no time, we were there!dsc_0150 dsc_0145

Check out my mom’s Halloween spirit!!!

We dropped off our bags and headed right back out the door to walk along the beautiful promenade and then find some lunch.dsc_0155 dsc_0161dsc_0183dsc_0181 dsc_0195 dsc_0199dsc_0190

Here’s a tip: Head out of the old town when looking for places to eat (except for pinxos!  Stay in the center for pinxos!).  We headed to Calle de Los Reyes Catolicos, but a better idea is to eat at La Perla on the water.  The food is relatively inexpensive and it’s decent.  We ate at an inexpensive place that was less than decent, but you live and learn.dsc_0213 dsc_0210

Despues, we walked to the funicular (cable car) to go allll the way up the mountain and take in the incredible views.  The views were pretty incredible on the way there, too.dsc_0216 dsc_0225 dsc_0226 dsc_0228 dsc_0232

And yes, we were in winter clothes, but there were plenty of people out and about on the beach in their bikinis and banana hammocks.

We rode up, up, up the funicular.dsc_0239

And were greeted by these amazing views.dsc_0246 dsc_0249 dsc_0255 dsc_0250

Look!  Even this dog was smiling.dsc_0256

And then we took a thousand photos and eventually, my dad and I rode the roller coaster!dsc_0283 dsc_0280-001 

Yes, there is a roller coaster up there and it’s so scary!!!  There are no seatbelts or bars and while it’s not a totally wild ride, it’s not all that calm either.  We screamed.

After the funicular, we headed back down the mountain, walked back to the hostel and then went back out for some delicious pintxos.img_7469 img_7472 img_7474 

They’re incredibly beautiful (and tasty!).  I was so full after all that eating, but how can you not?img_7466 img_7476

Day 2 in San Sebastian

On the last day, we took advantage of those amazing ocean views and had some breakfast on the water (pan y cafe con leche).img_7407dsc_0326 dsc_0344

And after breakfast, we only had a couple hours to kill before my long train home, so we headed for a long walk along the water.  There is a great promenade that runs all the way down the coast in San Sebastian, so if you find yourself there with beautiful weather, take advantage!!dsc_0347 dsc_0359 dsc_0360 dsc_0384 dsc_0386 dsc_0366