Sunday, 31 January 2010

Trains and boats and planes la la la la la la la

An interesting but long journey getting here with just a couple of minor glitches...lost bags etc etc. Best bit of today's travel was by car from Biarritz Airport to San Sebastian. I was fortunate to be in the car driven by an older gentleman. I still don't know whether he was french, spanish or basque.

On entering the bus he offered us the choice of the "whoosh" route or the bendy, bendy route. This was communicated by hand and sounds........ not by words. He said the other group were on the "whoosh" route...viz the motorway! Our group made the excellent choice of the "bendy, bendy route"and during our journey we were accompanied by some wonderful music - including Ravel's Bolero. This is indeed a beautiful part of the world and our journey took us through Biarritz, a town full of superb buildings and then followed the coast road to the Basque town of Ciboure, France, close to the border with Spain. We passed the end of the street where Ravel was born. (Click on the post title link to find more).

San Sebastian (Donostia) surrounding La Concha Bay is better in real life than any picture..... the architecture, the sound of the waves breaking on the shore, the Sunday promenaders wrapped warmly and smartly marching along in the has the wow factor.

Euskara (one of the two official languages) is spoken by 35% of the town's residents. The other language is Castellano (Castilian Spanish).

Lots to see and learn. Roll on tomorrow.

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