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Jan 20, 2020 - Comillas

Day 10 - Mon 20th Jan A lot duller today & still windy, a few drops of rain as we headed West along the coast . Not so hilly today & the road was a lot easier. We stopped off in Santander for lunch & then looked around for a Lidl store to stock up some food. Couldn’t get in the car park so parked up beside the kerb on a side road. The only problem was that it was a dead end & with cars parked either side there was only one lane. I had to drive up to the top to a back gateway to the Lidl store & turn around there. I started to drive into the...

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Oct 19, 2018 - Laredo:Spain

We shared a fairly long drive leaving France and crossing the Pyrenees to enter Spain. Our final French coffee stop was in the interesting village of Saint-Jean-Pied-De-Port. As expected with a name like that the village old area was great, sadly the coffee was not. Apart from a few interesting villages the trip was not overly exciting although we did pass through some pretty areas across the Pyrenees. What was more memorable was the price of fuel. It dropped by 56 cents AUD per litre which should make quite a difference to Gilli's...

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Oct 12, 2018 - Santander - Spain’s Well-Kept Secret

That Santander doesn’t make the cut for travel guidebooks is no surprise; the Spanish are wisely keeping it for themselves. Instead, international visitors are directed - and flock - to San Sebastian. After sharing my enthusiasm for Santander at check-out our hotel clerk suggested that if we wanted to visit a different kind of city to go to Bilbao. He explained that San Sebastian is just a more crowded and more expensive Santander. We really enjoyed Santander. With beaches, boardwalks, a diversity of parks, access to mountain sports, boat...

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Oct 11, 2018 - El Castillo Caves

To be in the presence of the most ancient art in the world is an incredibly humbling experience. Dating back at least 40,800 years, archaeological research has shown that Neanderthals were making their mark (dots, Xs, diamonds and ladders) and stenciling their hands on the caves of Cantabria, Spain at least 20,000 years before modern humans arrived in Europe. Their diverse “painting” techniques relied on charcoal and red ochre as mediums. They also etched into the walls, ceilings and stalagmites of the caves. Some of tools they used to...

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Oct 10, 2018 - Just A Simple Summer Cottage (Not)

In the late afternoon we walked down to the waterfront and strolled the boardwalk to the Peninsula de la Magdelena, a large parkland reserve. The route took us alongside Playa del Bikinis, past playgrounds and lighthouses, and up a small hill to a flag-topped turret we had spotted from our hotel room. We were pleased to discover it was the Palacio de la Magdalena, the summer home of the royal family from 1912-1930. Even more pleasing was learning there would be a 45-minute guided tour in about 20-minutes. The tour was in Spanish only, but...

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Oct 9, 2018 - Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh My!

I am no fan of zoos, and they never make the A, B, C or even D list of my Things To Do In (any given place) trip planning. That said, I do take Lonely Plant recommendations to heart and thus we found ourselves at Cabarceno Natural Park. We arrived at 1:30 pm. The gatekeeper very kindly informed us that at 2:00 the entry fee would drop from 23€ to 17€. Not a great business model, but we were certainly happy to relax in the car for such a short while. As we waited, we perused the brochure. It was a little confusing, and again the gatekeeper...

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Apr 22, 2017 - Madrid to Santander

We had a good deal of bus time today but that allowed for a good amount of information, both interesting and historical , to be conveyed by our tour director Ellen. First some Spain info: The people of Spain live in apartment. Some own and some rent but all are in buildings with multiple dwellings. Very very few individual homes especially in towns and cities. Spain is second only to Germany in alternative energy. Lots of wind turbines ans solar fields Spain is second most mountainous country, following Switzerland. 25% unemployment rate....

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Trip Journal


May 16, 2016 - Santander

Spent the day exploring the the city and took a cruise around the bay. We're struggling a bit to get used to siesta days. No chance of getting dinner before 9. Late start, home for rest between 1 and 4. Can't start drinkies before 7 otherwise we don't make it til dinner. 𯍺𯍷

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May 15, 2016 - Santander

Only a short stop in Bilbao so took a 1/2 hr tram ride from our hotel to the old part of the city for breakfast. We had an even shorter stop in Bilbao on our way past in 2007 to see the Guggenheim Museum. We weren't very impressed with what we saw then so it was great to see a bit more and see what a great city it is. Very few speak English here, lucky I remembered 'cafe con leche' and of course croissant and baguette from our previour trip or we could have starved. Caught the 1 30 pm bus to Santander. Only a 1 1/2 hour trip but it was...

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May 14, 2016 - Bilbao

Big day today! Because of our changed plans we need to drive to Heathrow airport. Not something we had previously thought would be do-able. Anyway after much research and discussions we took off allowing ourselves plenty of time for mistakes. All was going well so we stopped at The Rock of Gibraltar Tavern for a coffee. As we walked in we were surrounded by pirates. After we were reassured that we were safe they explained that this is what men in this part of the world do for their Bucks weekend. They hire two canal boats, one for the...

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Aug 21, 2015 - Farther along the coast to Comillas

Friday, August 21 Another interesting day was ahead for us! Who has time to enjoy the scenery when your eyes are glued to the map or highway signs? I did notice the country side around us was lush and green, with periodic forests and fields of cattle corn growing. A range of mountains could be seen occasionally in the distance. Blinders are on; ignore the signs to Vitoria, Burgos and Bilbao we are headed to Santander. With supreme confidence I felt I knew what I was doing until I realized we were heading to downtown Santander right to the...

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Mar 9, 2014 - Oyambre, near San Vicente de la Barquera

Yesterday we left late morning and took the scenic route AS114 through the Picos de Europa mountains, through the gorge and following beside the clear green waters of the Cares River. A beautiful drive for the passenger though the driver had to keep his eyes on the winding road. We passed through several picturesque villages with lots of stone houses. We reached the coast again, paid €5.65 in tolls and reached our destination Camping Playa de Oyambre early afternoon. (N4°32'37" W4°20'18"). This is a large campground, beautifully kept with...

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