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Week 2

St Sebastien, Bilbao, Madrid - days 7- 8

sunny 28 °C

St Sebastian & Bilbao, days 6-7

Crossed over into Spain where immediately drivers became considerably worse! St Sebastian is beautiful, as is most of the coast. We stayed in a creepy little campground high up in the cliffs overlooking the bay. Beautiful spot but weird people.

Bilbao was amazing. The whole city has the most phenomenal architecture, especially the renowned Guggenheim museum. It also has stunning parks everywhere. It gave off a feeling of being quite a metropolitan city, and felt really fresh and modern.

The drive to Madrid was long and hot, with no air conditioning, and avoiding tolls adds time. However, we saw some fantastic towns, and mountain ranges. We stopped in Burgos to have lunch, where we found a very good supermarket, which was HUGE. Like a K-Mart with food.

Madrid, days 7-8

Wow!!! Madrid is so cool! We didn’t have anything in particular planned to see except the Plaza Mayor, which made for quite a stress-free day. We literally walked the whole city. The Royal Palace gardens are spectacular, and full of horses, which is awesome. The rest of Madrid is this mix between old and new, with loads of funky markets, cafes, restaurants and shops. We indulged in food a bit today buying fresh oysters, chocolate churros and homemade olive oil crisps. We got to see the Botanical Gardens which are probably one of the nicest we’ve ever seen. The Spanish really know how to do their gardens. We had a bit of a communication breakdown on the bus on the way back, but managed to get home eventually! I would like to beg to differ with all the people who have said the French are rude and unhelpful. We found them positively brimming with love compared to the Spanish. We only got bothered once by a scammer which was much better than expected.

The Madrid campsite has been very good, with a good pool, good staff, and loads of free information and maps on the area.
Tomorrow we are heading down to Malaga & the Costa del Sol for some much needed rest & relaxation and hopefully sunshine. We have been very lucky with the weather although Madrid has been quite windy.

Posted by SAkiwis 23:56 Archived in Spain

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hi guys,
Sounds like you are having a great trip.
hope you enjoy your grand tour.
looking forward to seeing you when you get back here.
just hope the weather is better by the time you are back.

big hugs neil and helene

by neilp

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