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Segovia, Teruel, & Albarracin, Spain

More castles, amazing ancient little towns, cathedrals, and food.

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Segovia, Spain!

We had a long drive from Nazare, Portugal to Segovia, Spain. After washing the car and getting a picnic, we powered through with just one short stop. The drive was around 5.5 hours. We saw a few of these giant bulls along Spain's desert highways.

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We were pleasantly surprised with our the yard of our airbnb. We had some outdoor space for lounging and playing games. We were staying in a town called Torrecaballeros just outside of Segovia. We found a nearby pizza place and ate outside despite the heat. We were all beat after a hot day.

Segovia's Alcazar, Aqueduct, and Cathedral

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We started off the day with a small breakfast in our apartment. We had an ambitious plan to see several big sites in Segovia. We began with the giant Alcazar Castle. Apparently, this castle inspired the Walt Disney logo. I can see why! We climbed to the top of the tower and explored the interior of the castle. Each room had elaborate ceilings and medieval decor. We saw great views over the town of Segovia including the huge cathedral and the sparse desert landscape surrounding the town.

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Next was the central part of Segovia. We found a casual cafe for empanadas and sandwiches. It was a hot day but we still meandered, shopped, and eventually found the famous aquaduct. Amazing engineering!

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We were really thirsty by this point so we found a scenic spot for beer and a break.

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We were rejuvenated enough to see one last site - the huge Segovia Cathedral. We walked around looking up with our mouths wide open once again. It reminded us of the cathedral in Burgos. Simply stunning attention to detail both inside and out.

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It was a hot day and we were tired. We found a giant Carrefour grocery store where we bought dinner and loads of fun snacks. We made a lovely antipasto plate with bread and olives and called it dinner. We played lots of cards on the back deck and got some much needed sleep.

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La Granja, Swimming, and Burgers

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Our town was very close to the palace of La Granja. It's a smaller version of Paris' Versailles. We weren't allowed to take photos inside but we took several of the grounds and fountains. It was very hot once again so we were moving more slowly than usual. Even though we took in one site, it was more of a down day. We got caught in the palace's huge labyrinth at one point.

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We had a small lunch of leftovers before walking to the nearby pool. Mom and DH stayed back for some R&R. The pool felt great and I am pretty sure that we were the only non-locals around.

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We headed back to the same restaurant that we ate at on our first night in Segovia. This time, it was good old hamburgers.

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We enjoyed Segovia but were hot and ready to move east toward Teruel.

Teruel - More Driving, Tracking Down a Ronaldo Jersey, and Parking in an Elevator

Today started with a few minor mishaps. We were caffeine-deprived and a little cranky. (We'd run out of the special coffee pods for the machine.) We stopped at a grocery store that didn't have a coffee shop (many do) and realized that one of the kid's Chromebooks was left at the apartment 15 minutes away. Ugh! After emailing the owner, we were able to get access to the apartment again to rescue the computer. By this point, we needed to hit the road. We drove about an hour to the outskirts of Madrid to a Real Madrid Official Store. My mom bought a jersey for my soccer-loving niece.

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We found the jersey at an upscale outlet mall that had a Starbucks. I don't usually drink Starbucks at home but a giant 16 oz mocha never tasted so good!

We drove another 3.5 hours to the relatively unknown town of Teruel. We picked this town because of its proximity to Albarracin, a beautiful desert hill town that my brother and sister in-law had recommended. Teruel was a hit! We scored a beautiful apartment just around the corner from its main square. DH was a little apprehensive of the unique parking arrangement at first. He had to drive down a skinny mostly pedestrian street to turn into an elevator. The elevator took the car below street level to a reserved parking spot. It was tricky at first and the apartment owner didn't speak any English. She was sweet but the process was nerve-wracking.

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Once settled, we found ice cream and beer on the main square. We did a little shopping and wandering around the town. Mom, DD#2 and I split off for a while and explored. There was an old aqueduct, many beautiful towers, and gorgeous buildings. People seemed relaxed and friendly. We finally decided on a restaurant on the main square where we shared three combination plates of meats, different potatoes, and veggies. Sharing a bottle of wine usually costs between 6-9 Euros. What a treat!

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Albarracin, More Teruel, and a Police Incident!

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I woke up sort of early (that's 8am these days) and went for a lovely run around the town of Teruel. It wasn't the most aerobic workout due to my many stops to take pictures.

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We had a nice breakfast at Granier Bakery right on the main square. It was just over 6 Euros for pastries and coffee for all of us. Such a deal!

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Of course we had to try the fartons. Ha!

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We drove a short 40 minutes to the beautiful town of Albarracin. On the way, we drove by the strangest airport. Google informed us that it's a maintenance and storage airport for commercial jets that opened in 2013. Interesting.

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The scenery was so dramatic as we approached the town.

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Albarracin is a desert hill town that still seems 500 years old. It was so much fun weaving in and out of the narrow streets much like a maze. There were stairs, steep ascents, and little alley ways everywhere. It still seems relatively undiscovered by tourists. We thoroughly enjoyed exploring despite the heat.

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At one point, DH and I left the rest of the crew with ice cream and beer on the main square so we could climb up to the old fortress walls that once defended the city We were the only ones up there hiking! It was hot but the views were remarkable.

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We found a pretty riverside park for a picnic lunch before heading back to Teruel for siesta and dinner.

On our way back to Teruel, I had the bright idea of finding a municipal pool. This little detour took us through a small neighborhood near a police precinct. Just as we spotted the pool, three police officers pulled us over. We were not speeding or doing anything out of the ordinary. Our car has tourist license plates that were unfamiliar in this small Spanish town. The officers looked at our passports, car paperwork, and made lots of phone calls. They took several pictures of the license and the car and had many questions. After 15-20 stressful minutes, they finally let us go. It wasn't exactly scary but kind of unnerving. I think we provided them with some training for the day. BMW European Delivery was obviously a new concept to the Teruel Police Department!

Some of us climbed the scenic San Salvador Tower in Teruel. The outside of the tower is decorated with colorful tiles making it one of the prettiest towers that I've climbed. There are five similar towers in town. You can climb through some of the towers because they straddle the street.

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We found a grand historic staircase that lead to a park where the kids let off some steam.

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We had some yummy tapas for dinner including things like lamb meatballs, scallops, chicken spring rolls, and the most popular Spanish tapas, patatas bravas. We started our dinner outside but a huge and windy thunderstorm rolled in forcing us to move inside.

Teruel was a great surprise. It's such a lovely and pleasant Spanish town. On to Barcelona!

Posted by familyineurope 13:46 Archived in Spain Tagged alcazar cathedral la teruel aquaduct segovia granja albarracin Comments (0)

Portugal! Sintra, More Lisbon, Obidos, & Nazare

Castles, medieval walls, and one gorgeous beach!

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Sintra - Three Castles in One Day!

We left the house relatively early after having a quick breakfast. We were very excited for a long day-trip to the nearby town of Sintra. We had read about summer crowds and wanted to get a head start before all the tourists arrived.

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Thanks to our Rick Steves guide, we found parking that we wouldn't have discovered otherwise. We took a city bus up some of the curviest and most narrow roads imaginable. The bus driver was amazing! Our first stop was the beautiful Pena Palace. This palace was created by relatives of Germany's Mad King Ludwig and the similarities were easy to spot. Pena Castle was colorful, a bit Disneyesque, and architecturally stunning.

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We had a scenic snack at the castle before hiking about 10 minutes downhill to a completely different castle - The Moorish Castle. On the way, we ran into another family we knew! This time it was a family we had met through daycare years ago. So weird! The Moorish Castle was comprised of ancient ruins that were so much fun to explore. We climbed around and kept marveling at all the various viewpoints. It was so hard to stop taking pictures!

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By this time, we were hungry. We took another bus down to the town of Sintra. We ate at the recommended Restaurante Metamorphosis. DH and I shared cataplana. It was a delicious fish stew full of seafood. Yum! DD#1 had a Portuguese sandwich called a Francesinha. The rest of the crew shared a yummy pork and clam dish. After sharing a bottle of vino and relaxing, we were ready for one last Sintra attraction.

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Our last Sintra castle was more of a mansion called Quinta de Regaleira. The grounds surrounding the mansion were the best part of the attraction. We loved climbing up and down towers, upside down wells, caves, ponds with stepping stones, and hidden walkways. We kept losing each other and had to use our phone flashlights to find our way. It was exciting!

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Finally, we made our way back to the car and drove to Lisbon after a very long and full day.

Last Day in Lisbon - Belem Neighborhood, Shopping, & More Alto Bairro at Night

We split up and took the subway back to the main part of town. DH decided to get a haircut so we met up later. Today was all about Portugal's famous pastry - pastel de nata. We found not one but two places that made them on site. Yum! Each one is handmade and is the flakiest and yummiest custardy goodness ever.

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We met up and did some shopping along the main shopping street in Lisbon. The girls scored some new shoes before we finally took a tram to the Belem Neighborhood for lunch and sightseeing.

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It was a hot day and the tourists were out in force. Luckily, we found a small local place for lunch and shared an appetizer of snails. The kids and DH really liked them. I couldn't quite get over their little antennae. My mom was a good sport and tried a little of everything new.

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We checked out the huge Jeronimos Monastery church. Another gorgeous church with amazing ceilings and architecture.

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We wandered to the nearby LX Warehouse Market for a little shopping. It wasn't quite what we expected. Too trendy and the destination brewery was closed. Boo! We found a grocery store and took a train back to the apartment.

Although we were tired, DH and I rallied and took the subway back into central Lisbon for a late dinner. We wandered the many tiny streets in the Alto Bairro neighborhood. We were offered illegal drugs multiple times. Creepy! Apparently, Portugal has decriminalized drug use making it easy to procure a variety of things. Nothing we are interested in, that's for sure! We had yummy sardines and and codcakes. We were ready to say goodbye to Lisbon, for now. I have a feeling that we'll return in the future.

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Obidos and Nazare

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Today was a short driving day. I picked up bagels and pastries from nearby shops. Every neighborhood has lots of bakeries. We drove a short one hour to the cute town of Obidos. It's a picturesque white town with red roofs surrounded by a cool medieval wall. We were able to walk along the wall for some great views. The wall didn't have a guard rail of any kind. We just made our way on some uneven ancient rocks and wore good shoes. I loved it!

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Once off the wall, we took many pictures and did a little shopping. We found a few souvenirs to take home. DH was very patient with all the girls while we piddled and shopped.

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We only had another half hour drive to the beach town of Nazare. After a few wrong turns, we found our way to our apartment up on a hill overlooking the beach. The apartment had a great view of the town below. We had a very scenic drink before taking the neat funicular down to the lower town. We had a casual dinner before finding Gelatomania for dessert. We walked along the sand and were eager for the beach day ahead.

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Nazare Beach, Seafood, Swimming, & Shopping

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I started the day with a long run to Praia do Norte beach. It is a famous beach that has some of the biggest waves and best surfing in the world. I was an early bird and shared the beach with just one guy and his dog. I also headed up to check out a small historic lighthouse.

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We found a nearby bakery where we sat outside and had coffee and yummy treats. The coconut concoction was our favorite. We took the funicular back down to the cute town of Nazare where we did some shopping and parked on the beach for a while. The water felt great and we played for a few hours.

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Until they were plain worn out.

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We found a seafood place for lunch. The cockles were pretty good! The kids opted for grilled sandwiches at the cafe across the street.

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I had to buy the local barnacles to try. They looked like dinosaur claws but were actually pretty darned tasty!

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Luckily, there was some nearby exercise equipment to work off all that seafood.

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After riding back up the funicular (I just like the word funicular!) we showered, regrouped, and got ready for a nice dinner in town.

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We found a highly rated place on Tripadvisor and made it in without reservations. The place filled quickly. We shared seafood rice and grouper. The portions are big in Portugal so we've learned to order fewer things. Add some bread, olives, and wine and we had a great meal. After another walk along the beach, we called it a day.

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Except that mom and I found a place for 70 Euro cent glasses of wine before heading up the funicular!

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Nazare was the perfect place to take a little vacation from our vacation, so to speak.

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Back to Spain tomorrow!

Posted by familyineurope 23:50 Archived in Portugal Comments (0)

Burgos, Salamanca, Ciudad Rodrigo, and Lisbon

Cathedrals, towers, tapas, and scenery!

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Burgos and Salamanca

We left lovely San Sebastian for a short two hour drive to Burgos. We found a great place for a yummy lunch and enjoyed the relaxed pace of Burgos after the many tourists in San Sebastian. After lunch, we toured the amazing Burgos Cathedral. I had read that it was a historic and gorgeous cathedral but none of us were prepared for how much we enjoyed the many chapels inside the cathedral. It was a great stop and helped our 4.5 hour drive go by quickly despite some heavy rain.

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Mom even found her first pair of Spanish shoes. I have a feeling that there will be more.

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The weird public bathrooms in the main square weren't such a hit. At least we haven't had to pay to pee in very many locations this time.

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We made it to Salamanca after driving through some boring Spanish flatland. Our airbnb had three bedrooms and a funny choppy lay-out. The narrow hallway had eight different doors to various rooms. I kept getting lost!

We found a nearby tapas place for dinner where we had a second dose of patatas bravas. We had enough potatoes for one day! DH and the kids went back to the place while my mom and I headed to the old town. We wandered the busy streets of this college town and saw the impressive plaza mayor. We found a cute wine bar for some vino tinto and were amazed at how late people were out and about walking, drinking, and eating.

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Salamanca Tower Climbing, Art Deco Museum, Parks, & One Great Meal

After a scenic run along the river and through the old town, we walked to a coffee shop where the kids mistakenly ordered hot chocolate. They thought it would be the kind they were used to but it was the thick pudding stuff again. Oh well.

We continued to the large cathedral and climbed one of the most unique towers I have ever climbed. This one was special because it allowed you to climb along parts of the rooftop as well as walk along the upper balconies inside the cathedrals. We all enjoyed getting to see this cathedral in a special way.

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We found the nearby art deco museum. The building was the most interesting part. The huge doll display was just a little odd - especially the doll with four detachable heads. Wish we were able to take a picture!

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We found a hamburger place for lunch where I ordered the weirdest nachos. I guess we all needed a taste from home. The weather was becoming worse so we decided to do a little shopping. DH went back to enjoy the Tour de France. We enjoyed a quick drink/ice cream on the main square before climbing yet another church tower. I can't get enough of these things!

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We put on a few more miles to find the best park in the city. 30,000 steps a day has become the minimum on this trip!

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Mom agreed to watch the kids so DH and I could enjoy a fabulous dinner. We found a great place called Cuzco Bodega. We ordered course after course of tapas ranging from amazing raw seafood, pork steak with roquefort sauce, and the famous Iberico ham. We splurged on the meal and still only paid 31 Euros. Such a treat!

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Ciudad Roderigo and Lisbon Nightlife

We left Salamanca feeling like we saw the major sights. We drove an hour to the old walled hill town of Cuidad Rodrigo. We had coffee and churros on the main square before exploring the parador, an old castle turned into a hotel. Luckily, we were still able to wander the grounds and climb the tower. I think I'm averaging a tower a day!

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A very scenic swing.

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I scored some Spanish espadrille shoes!

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We wandered into a market before heading out of town where we saw the famous young suckling pig and other piggy parts. I prefer my pork cooked and on my plate!

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We drove another three hours through some very beautiful rolling hills in Portugal. Our first impressions of Portugal were good ones. We had a quick picnic at a rest stop before making out way into Lisbon. Thanks to DH's skillful driving, we found our apartment easily. We are staying in Lisbon for four nights so we were extra thankful to see our large three bedroom, two bathroom flat. All for about $100 per night. Nice!

After settling in and buying a few groceries, we took the metro into the main part of town and found Lisboa Bar - a place my brother and sister in-law recommended. We sat on the roof and enjoyed a great sangria!

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We lucked out and found a recommended place for dinner. Everyone loved what they ordered (hasn't always been the case on this trip). We had things like octopus salad, cod in cream sauce, steak and pork. DH and the kids went back to the apartment while my mom and I explored the Bairro Alto and Chiado neighborhoods. We tried the famous Ginja liqueur sold at many places. It has a sour cherry flavor and was pretty delicious!

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Another full day with lots of steps!

Exploring Lisbon Neighborhoods

We enjoyed a relaxing morning in the apartment before heading back to central Lisbon. We started in the lesser-known Intendente neighborhood in the Alfama District. We found a nice little square where we had a small lunch and shopped at little craft market. We actually bought some really nice things made by local people.

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We rode the famous trolley #28 for a short while. Unfortunately, they were crowded, hot, and touristy so we jumped off after a short ride. We wandered the Alfama district taking in some great views of the sprawling and colorful city.

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Even the urinal had a fancy sign.

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We wandered down toward the water and took the ferry across to Cacilhas - the neighborhood across the water. We hopped off and decided to have a drink and snack before heading back into Lisbon. The area across the ferry seemed far less touristy than central Lisbon so we were glad to explore for a while.

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Once back in central Lisbon, we hauled ourselves up more narrow streets in search of a restaurant that wasn't closed on Sunday. We found a tiny little tapas place and called it a day. We headed back and relaxed after feeling like we had a better feel of this great city.

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San Sebastian, Spain. Basque country!

Pintxos, beach time, and great views.

Beautiful San Sebastian

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After another long six hour drive, we arrived in San Sebastian around 5pm. We rented a three bedroom flat which was about a 20 minute walk from the old town. The owner of the flat, who spoke almost no English, met us and helped us park the car at a nearby lot. He spoke in rapid Spanish (or Basque?) and we missed a lot of the information he gave us. We still managed to get by. It was a hot evening but we decided to walk to the old town to experience pintxos (Basque tapas) for dinner.

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The beach was beautiful at twilight. We were surprised at how many people of all ages were out walking in the evening. Most women wore dresses or skirts and even folks into their 80s and 90s were out enjoying the summer evening.

We were quickly overwhelmed at the number of bars and restaurants in old town San Sebastian. It was difficult to choose a place to start! Many people poured out of restaurants onto the pedestrian-only narrow streets. Our first pick was so-so. Luckily, the second one was much better. We tried such a variety of foods: octopus, mussels, iberco ham, shrimp, other random seafood, croquettes, and much more. Most of the food was not labeled and set out on the bar counter for self-service. You simply grabbed what looked good and enjoy.

We laughed a lot, found a neat old square that used to host bull fights (the balconies were still numbered for special ticketing seating), and slowly made our way back through the crowds and somewhat deserted beach.

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We were especially excited to buy beautiful paintings on the street from a man who paints with his fingers. Each painting took him about 2-3 minutes. And they're gorgeous!

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We got back to our apartment late and eager for a full day in San Sebastian

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Old Town, Mount Igeldo, Beach Time, & More Pintxos

We walked to the Old Town and had churros and chocolate for breakfast. The chocolate was as thick as pudding! Such a healthy way to start the day.

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Today was a hot one. Over 90 degrees. We walked nearly three miles to the Mount Igeldo funicular. This old cable car took us up the steep hill for some incredible views.

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Once at the top, DD#2 and I climbed a tower for even more views.

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The girls and I rode an old time roller coaster with incredible views. You can see the part of the scenic track in this picture.

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We had a snack and rode the funicular back down before heading to a somewhat calm spot on the busy beach. The girls and I jumped right into the Atlantic for an afternoon swim. The water was cold at first but was much warmer than Oregon's frigid coast! The beach was packed with people of all ages, shapes, and sizes. I think I was the only one wearing a mom tankini. Most women wore bikinis, with or without the top section! DH and my mom enjoyed some people watching while we swam.

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We dried off, found some ice cream, and had a short break at our apartment before heading out for dinner.

We took a taxi to a different part of town called the Gros District. We went to a recommended restaurant for the best pintxos of the trip. Delicious! We still didn't know what we were eating most of the time but it was sure yummy. After dinner, we found a nice social square with a playground in the center. The kids happily played for nearly an hour (they met some kids from Texas) while the rest of us enjoyed an outdoor drink.

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DH and DD#1 were exhausted and headed back around 10pm. The rest of us were eager to see the sunset and what old town was like after dark. We found a restaurant that served shark! We couldn't resist trying that!

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We had a very full day. DD#2 was ecstatic to reach her fitbit record of 40,000 steps in a day! Needless to say, we all slept pretty well.

Mount Urgull & More Wandering San Sebastian

On our last day in San Sebastian, I knew I had to run. I went for one of the most scenic six mile runs ever! Afterward, we got a late start and found a cafe and playground to help us get motivated for the day.

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We encountered many lovely churches and parks. We took so many pictures.

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DH and I loved hearing this unique bassoon trio. They had serious chops!

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We began a slow hike up Mount Urgull. There was a large statue on the top along with even more views of the ocean and city below. Some clouds had rolled in so it was a different view from the day before.

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DD#1 was seriously worn out after all the walking.

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Check out the man-made giant cube rocks along the shore and jetty!

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We made our way down the mountain and had to find a place for a late 3pm lunch. We settled on our last pintxos experience. The small tapas thing is fun, but I think we were all eager for a normal meal. DD#1 and DH headed back to the room for some R&R while the rest of us did some shopping and more beach time. DH has had to trek to the car every evening to reload the parking pass (good for 24 hr).

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We have enjoyed buying fruit everyday from local markets. The white nectarines have been everyone's favorite. Eventually, we all connected back at the flat for pizza and much-needed sleep. Off to Salamanca tomorrow!

Posted by familyineurope 22:58 Archived in Spain Tagged beach san sebastian pintxos igeldo urgell Comments (0)

Amboise - a room with a view, castles, and the zoo

First time in the Loire Valley. Beautiful despite the weather.

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Drive from Germany to France

Today was our longest driving day of the trip - just over six hours. We stopped for picnic items in Germany. DH worked his tetris magic with trunk packing, and off we went. It poured rain on our drive but we still made decent time on France's expensive toll roads. We were especially excited when we saw the chateau in Amboise. We were even more excited when we saw our apartment with a priceless view of the castle. I saw pictures online but seeing the view in person was remarkable.

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The host of our apartment was a friendly and spunky woman who did an excellent job explaining the town of Amboise as well as the features in our apartment. It's such a charming little place! We decided to cross the river to see the old town.

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A pharmacy vending machine. That's a first!

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We found a grocery store and stocked up on some breakfast items before having a nice pizza dinner. DH and I sneaked next door to Shaker Bar where even our drinks had a great view of the castle.

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We were all tired and eager to wake up to our first full day in France.

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Chenoncaeux, wine tasting, and a fancy dinner

After a very scenic run and an easy breakfast (French yogurt is so good!), we made a short 20 minute drive to the famous Chenonceau chateau. It's amazing how the castle is built over the river. The kids really enjoyed taking pictures from many different angles. The inside of the castle was beautiful and DD#1 was excited to see real-life examples of the Renaissance, which she'd learned about in school last year.

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We spent around two hours wandering the interior, exterior, and gardens surrounding the castle. It is a very unique castle.

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We found a nearby boulangerie for lunch. We had simple and tasty baguette sandwiches (mom had a pizza). DH was able to make a reservation at a recommended restaurant, l'Ilôt, for dinner. My mom agreed to stay at the apartment and eat with the kids. We stopped at a large French supermarket, E.Leclerc, for dinner and various things we didn't know we needed. They were making fresh crepes in the bakery and the aisles of cheeses and yogurts sucked me in! It was a much longer (and more expensive) stop than anticipated.

Before heading back to Amboise, we made one final stop at a winery for a quick tasting. The kids groaned but were instantly happy when given fancy sparkling grape juice in a champagne flute.

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Leonardo da Vinci retired in Amboise and is buried in the chateaux. We were impressed by his statue which was just down the street from our apartment.

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The nearby park wasn't too bad either.

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My mom and I decided to do a little more shopping and exploring in the cute town of Amboise. After not really buying a thing, we ended up at a typical little bar for a glass of wine. Although Amboise is touristy, it seems most of the visitors are French.

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We made it back in time for DH and I to leave for our 8pm dinner reservations. L'ilot was exceptional! This small French restaurant had its kitchen in the center. We were seated at the bar where we had a great view of the chefs in action. What a treat to eat a slow meal in courses! The seafood starters were exceptional and my pork dish was amazing. The pretty strawberry and chocolate mousse dessert with glass sugar decor was a perfect ending. We were so full! My mom and the kids were good sports and ate a simple meal in the apartment. After a busy day, they really didn't seem to mind.

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Amboise Market, Castle and Beauval Zoo

My mom and I started off the day at Amboise's Sunday market. The food section was so colorful and diverse. The non-food items felt more like a flea market with products made far from France. I was hoping there would be more locally produced items.

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We decided to split up for much of the day. My mom offered to take the kids to France's largest zoo. Admission prices were steep ($30 per person) so we were more than happy to save a few Euros and find an alternate activity. We drove about 40 minutes on windy and narrow backroads to the somewhat remote zoo. DD#2 was extra excited to see the pandas. Sadly, they only spotted one of the two pandas and he slept the entire time.

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When DH and I made it back to Amboise, we decided to keep it simple and tour the castle that we'd been staring at out our window for the last two nights. Although much simpler that Chenonceau, Amboise Chateau was still beautiful.

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DH and I wandered the town and were amazed by the homes built into the hillside (troglodyte homes). After a simple snack of cheese and baguette in our apartment, it was already time to pick up the rest of the family at the zoo.

We stopped in a smaller less-touristy town called Montrichard. The kids played at a park and we hoped to find a recommended restaurant for dinner. No luck. On Sundays, most everything is shut down.

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We decided to continue eating the groceries we'd already purchased and added a couple more things from the local Carrefour. It felt good to enjoy our apartment and take numerous pictures on our last night in Amboise. The sun was finally out so we enjoyed out last evening views of the castle. We will never forget this place!

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Tomorrow, we are off to Spain!

Posted by familyineurope 22:40 Archived in France Tagged zoo chenonceau amboise beauval Comments (1)

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