^^^god I would have loved to have seen that show! Alas, I could not make San Sebastian logistics work out :( Did a long weekend in Montreal instead, so no La Femme but at least *some* french!
― mom tossed in kimchee (quincie), Monday, 16 October 2017 02:00 (one year ago) Permalink
Not to contradict any of the above, because it's all good advice, but Seville is one of my favourite places in the world and I will never stop recommending it.― Tim, Wednesday, 20 September 2017 11:07 (one week ago) Bookmark Flag Post PermalinkYes
― tobo73, Monday, 16 October 2017 02:21 (one year ago) Permalink
Went to Cuchara de San Telmo today. I had been dreaming of pulpo all week while in Spain and hadn't had the chance to get it. They delivered. I realize that I have never really been in Europe in July (at least not in a while). Throbbing with tourists. It kind of ruins it when people are shouting in english everywhere. We took the train from Barcelona (coming from Toulouse) and did a stopover in Haro/Rioja. Which was kind of oddly a ghost town.
― Yerac, Wednesday, 11 July 2018 15:29 (three months ago) Permalink
I will go to Figueres next month, for Dalí but also for the vibe (we’ll be nearby in the south of France for a few week).
― droit au butt (Euler), Wednesday, 11 July 2018 15:42 (three months ago) Permalink
We thought about Figueres but already were side stepping train strikes in France for the previous two weeks and totally got our train from Toulouse to Barcelona canceled the night before. Luckily, I guess you just get on whatever train and stand or hang out in the dining cart when this happens. Instead of going to Bilbao though to go back to Paris we are being tired and just doing the bus/train route through Hendaye.
― Yerac, Wednesday, 11 July 2018 15:52 (three months ago) Permalink
The buses between Bilbao and Irun are lovely fwiw
― droit au butt (Euler), Wednesday, 11 July 2018 16:03 (three months ago) Permalink
We're going to be in that neck of the woods in a couple of months (Santander - Bilao - San Sebastian), I haven't been for the longest time and I'm really looking forward to it.
― Tim, Wednesday, 11 July 2018 16:10 (three months ago) Permalink
I went to Santander once maybe over a decade ago? I keep thinking it's not worth a revisit but I can't really remember much? We drove from Madrid and I got carsick.
― Yerac, Wednesday, 11 July 2018 16:18 (three months ago) Permalink
We drove from Bilbao to Santiago a few years ago but skipped Santander for the Picos de Europa and Oviedo, both terrific.
― droit au butt (Euler), Wednesday, 11 July 2018 16:22 (three months ago) Permalink
This was my second time in Barcelona and it is seriously one of the most pleasant cities to get around. Walkable, easy/quick transport, abundance of small streets with residents out and about. I kept saying, "why can't more spanish speaking cities be more like this?" Prolly me being annoyed that I live somewhere that is too sprawling and far from swimmable water.
― Yerac, Wednesday, 11 July 2018 16:23 (three months ago) Permalink
glad to hear cuchara was good but yeah can imagine san seb would be p oppressive with other tourists in july. bad enough any other time.
i was in figueres earlier this month, tho only on the way from girona to roses. i liked roses a lot btw - a tiny bit trashy but a beautiful compact seafront and a good beach. spent a night in portes-vendres across the border also, i had been in collioure up the road which is prettier but i enjoyed the working port feeling of vendres. a thing i noticed for the second time in these parts is how beautiful the train journey from spain into france on the east side is, you go through some lovely marshland, then fields on the other side. different strike but similar to yerac my flight home from toulouse got cancelled and i ended up getting a train to bordeaux and then paris, and then paris to london, but that was actually a nice way to spend a day in a weird way. another earlier fuck-up meant an afternoon in narbonne watching france beat argentina. narbonne was a bit non-descript but i still enjoyed arriving there and walking around. i love the feeling of disembarking the train, the place doesn't have to be too nice. even getting off the eurostar in london i felt like i was visiting my own city and stayed around bloomsbury for a bit.
xpost santander is boring imo. gijon or a coruna much nicer.
xxxpost i was also in barcelona before girona - each time i visit there i like it more, from a low base of my late teens visits when i never saw daylight cos we went to razzmatazz all night doing drugs and stayed in hostels on larambla with people walking dogs on strings and offering you more drugs.
i stayed in el born this time and i loved everything about it - i love how it combines such a cavernous old town with a gridded metropolis. and the food is obv completely amazing.
― FernandoHierro, Wednesday, 11 July 2018 16:26 (three months ago) Permalink
we could go to Barcelona this summer too but I don’t really feel like dealing with another giant European city, we live in on already and that’s enough, Europe’s real charms are in smaller charms imo
― droit au butt (Euler), Wednesday, 11 July 2018 16:27 (three months ago) Permalink
Narbonne is actually where we’ll spend most of our time next month, close to the sea with good Gascogne cuisine. Plus we’ve found a house with a pool...
― droit au butt (Euler), Wednesday, 11 July 2018 16:30 (three months ago) Permalink
i presume the city itself isn't the point of narbonne.
― FernandoHierro, Wednesday, 11 July 2018 16:32 (three months ago) Permalink
tho that was all i had time to see.
No not really, it’s more its location and house availability (for nine people without a car but who want to get about)
― droit au butt (Euler), Wednesday, 11 July 2018 16:34 (three months ago) Permalink
what was strange was how few people were watching the football. i mean i know that is deep into rugby country but i still would have expected it to be say, shown in bars, or to even notice it was on. had to actively seek it out.
― FernandoHierro, Wednesday, 11 July 2018 16:38 (three months ago) Permalink
Could you hear the drums Fernando?
― he's one of our pwn (Noodle Vague), Wednesday, 11 July 2018 16:40 (three months ago) Permalink
on our last trip there we rented a small villa on a vineyard about 45 mins out of barcelona in the Penedès region , it was super affordable and awesome . A nice break from the city or our usual Costa Brava excursions .
― (•̪●) (carne asada), Wednesday, 11 July 2018 16:41 (three months ago) Permalink
you were in Catalonia they dont care much about the spanish national team or the world cup in gerneral xp
― (•̪●) (carne asada), Wednesday, 11 July 2018 16:42 (three months ago) Permalink
xpost Ha! I had to spend an afternoon in Narbonne too.
This time around in Barcelona we stayed between Gracia and Diagonal (have stayed before right across from Casa Mila). The best place that we went to was Bodega Lo Pinyol. Super lowkey wine bar and I had the most amazing dry beef tube things with foie mousse inside. I think the only touristy thing we did was walk up to Montjuic. Oh, and I guess using the bathroom at the Joan Miro museum should count. After Haro we stayed in a weird town called Miranda de Ebro.
Yeah, we didn't even mean to go to Paris this trip except to fly out but we got tired and just decided to do something easy at the end (meaning we have been enough times to not need to do anything besides eat and loiter).
― Yerac, Wednesday, 11 July 2018 16:42 (three months ago) Permalink
i mean in narbonne! that said there were plenty of people watching spain when i was in barcelona.
― FernandoHierro, Wednesday, 11 July 2018 16:56 (three months ago) Permalink
I think we are trying Borda Berri tonight and then trying to catch the game at Bar Sport. I have a bunch of rioja I have been lugging in my bag so we have to drink two bottles while here.
― Yerac, Wednesday, 11 July 2018 16:56 (three months ago) Permalink
We took the train from Barcelona (coming from Toulouse) and did a stopover in Haro/Rioja. Which was kind of oddly a ghost town.
About 5 in the afternoon? I have had this experience. It gets a bit more lively on Sunday mornings.
― Peter Miller, Friday, 21 September 2018 09:16 (one month ago) Permalink
iirc most (all?) Spanish towns are dead from 3-6
― groovemaaan, Friday, 21 September 2018 09:30 (one month ago) Permalink
We were there almost all day. Ghost town. We were the only people to get out at that stop and even most of the big wineries were pretty empty. Except the Muga tasting room. Party going on in there.
― Yerac, Friday, 21 September 2018 11:06 (one month ago) Permalink