FUN-travel: Northern Spain – Hondarribia to Bilboa to Cangas de Onis, Spain

July 20, 2012 by · Comments Off on FUN-travel: Northern Spain – Hondarribia to Bilboa to Cangas de Onis, Spain 

Day 10 – Thursday, July 19 – Hondarribia to Bilboa to Cangas de Onis, Spain

Guggenheim Museum



  • “Goldilocks Bed”
  • my  computer is still working
  • 10 am depart for Bilbao
  • Guggenheim Museum – designed by Frank Gehry is a work of art – limestone, titanium & glass – inspired by a silvery fish – evokes wind-filled sails heading out to sea
  • only driving 3.5 hours before our next overnight stop
  • pretty drive with mountains & lots of trees
  • take “secret way” to Cangas de Onis – narrow, twisty, back roads
  • see fox run across road
  • drive past farms
  • Cangas de Onis is 12th century monastery next to river – cows grazing across the street

Outside Sculpture


  • bed is a little on the hard side
  • wake up to clouds & cooler temp
  • my computer pop up warning saying “hard drive failure imminent”
  • Garmin & Road Atlas have different exit ramp #’s to Cangas de Onis (first time this has happened)
  • dinner starts @ 8:30 pm
  • can’t open windows here – lots of bugs – where there’s cows there’s flies

FF (FUN-fact) – Main entrance to museum features Jeff Koons’ 42-ft-tall West Highland Terrier sculpture covered with 60,000 plants & flowers.

FUN-travel: Northern Spain – Hondarribia, Spain

July 19, 2012 by · Comments Off on FUN-travel: Northern Spain – Hondarribia, Spain 

Day 8 – Tuesday, July 17 – Hondarribia, Spain

Courtyard at Parador


  • having my nice hot cup of coffee followed by plate of fresh fruit
  • saving meat & cheese & fresh baked bread from breakfast buffet
  • having it later for a picnic
  • walking the promenade along the bay out to the marina and beach
  • clear blue skies and warmer weather
  • strolling back through town
  • getting suggestions from Parador front desk on where to eat
  • dinner @ Sebastians – very good – Carpaccio,  Salmon with apple & citrus, Monk Fish with Scampi, chocolate dessert with strawberry ice cream & more good wine


  • the stores & most restaurants close from 2:30 to 5:30

FF (FUN-fact) – Our Parador is a 12th century Castle. Great service and ability to stay in such unique properties gives them a 10+ rating and a Gold Medal in the Travel Olympics.

More Parador

FUN-travel: Northern Spain – Pamplona to Hondarribia, Spain

July 18, 2012 by · Comments Off on FUN-travel: Northern Spain – Pamplona to Hondarribia, Spain 

Day 7 – Monday, July 16 – Pamplona to Hondarribia, (near San Sebastian) Spain

View from Parador


Old Quarter

  • good cappuccino @ hotel only 1.5 Euro (same price as house wine)
  • driving to Hondarribia only takes 1 hour
  • GPS & road atlas to takes us
  • nice, helpful woman in dress shop writes down directions to Parador
  • beautiful old 12th century castle sits high on the hill overlooking the bay and town
  • takes 30 minutes to walk around the old quarter
  • nice lunch recommended by front desk @ Danontzat – 35 Euros – fresh salad & rice w/vegetables – wonderful wine Novellum de Toro
  • nice nap before going to San Sebastian
  • direct bus only takes 25 minutes and costs 2.25 pp
  • meet up Mariana – travel agent from GSincoming we booked the Balcony & Bull Fight with in Pamplona & new friends we met in Pamplona – Susan & Jay live in Bay Area
  • go on “Tapas & Wine Crawl” – 6 different entree tapas & one dessert – really, really good!
  • having FUN walking around & eating little bits & good red wine


  • GPS can’t find our Parador because our reservation name & the name of Parador are different
  • GPS can’t find it even with the address programmed – has us going in circles 2 blocks away
  • TI closed from 1:30 – 3:30
  • no bus after 9 pm
  • taxi costs 30 Euro & he can’t find parador either – only been a taxi driver for 2 weeks

Tapas & Wine Crawl

FF (FUN-fact) – The Basque Region of Spain is the “Paris of Spain.” Lots of balconies and very cute, well maintained buildings.