Last day in San Sebastian

Okay, everyone, listen up! You all need to book a vacation to San Sebastian. Right now! Not only is it an amazing food town (both at the high-end Michelin starred level, but also at the pintxos level), it’s stunningly beautiful. Look at some of these shots.

The beaches are stunning…

And at least in the fall they are pretty empty!

The architecture is beautiful …

The views incredible …

This was taken up at the top of one of the peaks at the gate to the harbor…

And at night the sunsets, sky, and lights are beautiful …

I suspect the streets are more crowded at night in the summer!

Love this town!

But the visiting with Sara and Rafa wasn’t over! The day after Etxebarri we were scheduled on a late afternoon flight home to Barcelona, and Rafa said “Perfect! Lets go for lunch!”

First we took a walk on the beach. In France. Yup, San Sebastian is pretty much on the border. The girls were so shocked when I said “Welcome to France!”

There was a lovely boardwalk …

And the boys had a chance to jump onto the beach …

And then it was off to lunch at Patxikuenea Erretegia, a great country restaurant, simple and cozy and homey, serving top top notch food. As is expected of any place Sara and Rafa bring us to!

We had some killer grilled fish …

And some steaks. Ooh, some more delicious Galician steaks! We had a tour of the kitchen/asador …

And just by chance the ineffable effervescent Martine Saunier was close by – she joined us for lunch, with her two friends Marie and Jean-Jacques!

Then we had to race off to the airport to go home. Let me be clear with how close we cut this. We were eating dessert 45 minutes before the flight was due to take off! But Rafa kept reassuring us, “Don’t worry don’t worry, you’ll make it. And if you don’t, how bad would one more night in San Sebastian be!?

The airport only has 10-15 flights a day, really just to Madrid and Barcelona. When we got there the desk was closed and we didn’t have boarding passes. Somehow we conned our way through security without boarding passes! Then we got to the gate and were admonished that we were way way late and the doors were about to close. We were so late that these were our boarding passes!

We got on the plane, with our girls fully relieved! They were shooting us dagger-eyes when we had ordered espresso to go with our dessert 40 minutes before! Then the plane sat there for a few minutes, I guess as the crew was readying the plane. Noticing no activity, Melinda leaned over and said “See, we could have stayed at lunch a little longer.” Ha!!

What a trip to San Sebastian. A whirlwind of food and drinks and sightseeing and time with our new friends Sara and Rafa! Can’t wait to go back!

 

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