Posted by: musiclovesfashion | April 3, 2008

Leaving on a jet plane

Ah yes, where have we been? Firing Bertie, of course. What? You’ve heard that one already…?

OK, moving swiftly on to more exciting departures:

This Saturday we’re heading off to San Sebastián in the Basque Country, Spain.

After city breaks (Edinburgh, Paris, New York, Barcelona and er, Cork) that have left us knackered, I was hoping this one would consist of reading, photographing, eating and sleeping. However, true to form, we couldn’t quite commit ourselves to 10 days of just that and so the holiday is now peppered with a few other fun things.

Landing in Bilbao, we’re going to spend a few days there, Guggenheim-ing and doing a bit of shopping. Then it’s on to San Sebastián.

The region is known for it’s yummy, yummy pintxos – similar to tapas, in that they are small, but the ones in SS have loftier ambitions and are often mini masterpieces, resembling Japanese sushi in their subtle intricacy. To better acquaint ourselves with the city’s gastronomic delights, we’re hoping to do a two day cookery course with El Txoko del Gourmet (I say hope because it’s an extra €280 for an interpreter, which is a bit steep, so we’re still deciding if we’re going to just wing it in Spanish!).

So after we’ve mastered the art of Basque cooking (ahem), we’re going to see how the pros do it with dinner at two fancy Michelin restaurants, Arzak and Akelare.

That will be followed by a trip across the French border to Toulouse, and then a day trip to Carcssone for a tour around a few vineyards with the lovely Juliet, who lives in Minervois and runs great food and wine tours around the area.

Then, dedicated (ie. mad) Leinster fans that we are, we’ll be calling into Trevor Brennan’s pub to watch the crunchy crunch Magners’ league Leinster V Munster match.

No laptops are coming on this holiday so updates will be irregular, but expect a rush of photos and posts when we return mid month.

If you liked the sound of San Sebastián, you might like to check out:

Snacker’s Heaven – Bloomberg

Don’t Say Tapas, Say Pintxos – Sunday Times

36 Hours in San Sebastián – New York Times

Is San Sebastián the best place to eat in Europe? – Observer

14 Tasty Cookery Courses – Sunday Times

Canon 400D, 18-55mm, f5.6 1/4000sec ISO100


  1. Wow, that sounds like a fantastic trip! Have a lovely time and don’t feel at all sorry for us poor sods freezing it out on the North Stand next Saturday 😉

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