As promised to a creative and very naughty creature from the North of Greece, I publish today some pictures from the wonderful city of Donostia, or San Sebastian. In the Basque Country it is common to have two names, one in the Basque language and another in Spanish.
I can spend hours looking at this inviting bay, the Bay of Concha. This is the view from the Hotel Monte Igueldo, where I usually stay.
The small island in mouth of the bay is the Santa Clara Island, while the hill on the opposite side is Monte Urgull.
This is another shot from Monte Igueldo, and the golden sand stretch that you see on the right is the Ondaretta Beach, awonderful place to swim and relax during the summer months. As I write this, the outside temperature is below zero, so I do not think I will swim tomorrow.
Shot taken from the northern edge of Ondaretta Beach, at the beginning of the Passage to the Comb of the Wind. The Atlantic can very quickly build up a storm over the beautiful city.
And a storm it was around 5 pm today. After taking this photo and walking back about 100 meters, I realized that due to the spray of sea water my rain coat was soaking wet.
Things were not much better in the morning today. This is what I could see from my balcony.
During an interval of the multiple snow, hale and rain falls of the day, I took a shot of the Jesus Statue on Mount Urgull.
Santa Maria is the most imposing Church in the Old town (18th century, baroque style).
Storm or no storm, the Basque fishermen do not back off. This large trawler had just arrived, and was unloading around noon. the city restaurants and bar are full of the freshest seafood.
Kokotxas (cheeks) de bacalao! Only 24 EUROs per kilo.
The shop were I buy the bacalao.
The fish market (Pescaderia), now under enovation.
The station of the cable car that takes you to the top of Mount Igueldo.
Fragment of the sculpture “Liberte” by Eduardo Chillida.