Our next travel adventure happened in San Sebastian, Spain. One would think after driving for nearly a week in a foreign land, on the other side of the road and using the GPS that we might be over our GPS and driving adventures.
One would be wrong!
We had programmed in our hotel and nearest parking. The Fashion Mister mentioned it was on a round-a-bout…maybe that is what freaked me out as I had already had a round-a-bout adventure at the start of trip! Actually the drive was simple and I was starting to feel like the lady voice on the GPS and I had come to some kind of understanding.
We could see by the GPS we were getting close and just down a small hill was a LARGE round-a-bout. Probably a good four lanes around, but at that moment it may as well have been 12. As we entered the round about, the GPS announced we had reached our destination! WHAT?! In the middle of the round-a-bout?! Now I knew she was crazy!
What made things worse was that there were a lot of large trees and it was raining, so it was actually difficult to see the front of the buildings. I wasn’t in a lane that would allow me to just drive around and around until we figured it out and next thing I knew we were heading out of the city on one of the highways.
So we tried again.
And again, we went around the round-a-bout without finding where to park, or even our hotel for that matter.
But this time we left the round about from a different lane and headed into a residential area thinking we might find a place to pull over. After going a couple of kilometers with no luck, I just pulled into a driveway and hoped no one came to chase us out.
On our third attempt at the round about, I spotted the entrance to the underground parking and managed to get into the proper lane. While pulling into the car park we spotted our hotel just across the street. This was looking promising. The signs in the car park (parking lot for my American friends) indicated that guests at our hotel should park on levels 2 and 3. We had done it!
As we checked in all I could think was how glad I was going to be not to drive for the next couple of days!
San Sebastian: We were about a 2 kilometer walk into the old part of town. However, it was all flat and actually quite pleasant as the walk was along the river. Even though it was raining the temperature was about 19 C (68 F) which was well warmer than when we left home, but it did mean we needed to buy an umbrella, and I opted for a hooded cardigan and some ankle boots – which I will tell you more about tomorrow. After I was dressed appropriately we spent the next two days wandering up and down every street in the old town.
Old Town San Sebastian: I loved it! It didn’t matter that it was raining. The city was beautiful and filled with amazing buildings, fantastic fresh sea food in every restaurant, great wine and lovely little shops. I started our gift shopping while here. I just couldn’t resist when I found a couple of really nice leather handbags for my step-daughters.
The Sea Front: This last photo of the promenade along the beach always had people walking along and enjoying the sea air, even in the rain. I loved San Sebastian in the autumn with the rain coming down. I may not have left had the weather been sunny because along the sea front it was just magnificent even in the rain. In fact on our last day there, I pointed out a building and announced to the Fashion Mister that was going to be where we bought our home in San Sebastian. I think he’s all for it. Just need to win the lottery and we’ll be set!
Next time I have a travel adventure in San Sebastian Spain, I will plan for it to be in the warmer weather. But then I may not ever be heard from again!
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