San Sebastian although picturesque and in the heart of Basque country doesn’t really hold a candle to Biarritz. I guess I’ve got a fever, and the only cure is more France. The reason I started my travels in Southeast Asia is that I feared becoming bogged down in France, never managing to escape its gravitational pull to see the rest of the world. I can even feel the pull now as I sit typing in this wonderful little city by the sea.
Once I have worked my way down the coast of Portugal, and up the East Coast of Spain, I will once again have to resist its magnetic charms. As I drive the Côte D’Azure of the French Riviera, the Southern event horizon of the French cultural black hole threatens to inexorably suck me into its gastronomic bliss. I will try to jettison my vehicle in Nice and make my escape into Germany. So much for living in the moment.
My time in the old town of San Sebastian has been enjoyable nonetheless. Strolling along the malécon is peaceful and relaxing. I had the best cheesecake of my life last night. It was light and not too sweet, and put New York cheesecake to shame. The Basque version of tapas(pintxos) bars here are supposedly excellent as well. I will be heading to lunch at three of the most popular ones shortly.
PLAYA DE LA CONCHA
It All Looks Delicious But I’m Just Not Into It
Okay, so I’m not into the whole Tapas culture thing. I ended up going back to the Restaurant with the excellent cheesecake pictured below. Last night at La Viña my waiter Miguel really made the meal, and today Nadia from Morocco was incredibly sweet. She persuaded me to try something different, and go with the monkfish which had an incredibly different and non-fishlike texture that was very pleasing. She exuded the same kind of joy that Miguel had the evening before. Not the kind of vapid disengaged stuff you get in California, but a sincere variety rarely encountered.
Makes me wish I stuck around to discover their secret. Could be in the cheesecake! I also found out from her that there is a boat from Malaga, Spain to Morocco for 40 euros and only takes an hour. So add a possible Morocco adventure to the summer’s equation.
La Viña Restaurante – A Must Visit In San Sebastian
Best Cheesecake In The World
Nadia From Morocco – The Nicest Waitress In The World!
Miguel Not Pictured – The Nicest Waiter Ever!
Two Champions Of Hospitality In One Restaurant – Amazing!
The Locals Stroll The Malecon
Following The Sunset
Partiers In The Street Below My Hostel On My Last Night