For a little bit of Friday evening entertainment we decided on heading to Spain for some Tapas and drinks. That is the beauty of Europe that you can just jump in your car and drive half an hour and you can be in a completely different country. Love it.
For some insight into San Sebastian, I thought I should let Wikipedia jump in here, and provide some more concrete facts than my usual assumption based blog.
“Donostia-San Sebastián (Basque: Donostia, IPA: [doˈnos̺tia]; Spanish: San Sebastián, IPA: [san seβasˈtjan]; known officially asDonostia-San Sebastián) is a city and municipality located in the north of Spain, in the coast of the Bay of Biscay and 20 km away from the French border. The city is the capital of Gipuzkoa, in the autonomous community of the Basque Country. The municipality’s population is 186,122 (2011), and its metropolitan area reaches 436,000 (2010). Locals call themselves donostiarras, both in Spanish and Basque.”
In the afternoon we walked around and saw some trawlers coming in with their catch and this old boy was straight on board firing the orders about and taking a fresh tuna back to his restaurant.
After a quick walk about, it was time to head to some tapas bars to get stuck into it. The first spot was the Aralar, in the old town, which boasted some traditional tapas…
There was a right platter served up there, and at 2 euros a drink, it was great stuff. A big round for 14 euros, and then 2 euros per piece of tapas…
This was described as a Lobster Lollipop. It was like a small pastry with Lobster all wrapped up in it, served in a shot glass full of dry ice. The Spaniards were adamant to make sure no one drank they smoking shot…
They were serving Urchins aswell, although that was the only piece of the whole evening I didnt get involved with. Smelt decent but heard some stories so kept shy of it.
This number was probably my favourite, with raw fish being served on the mini BBQ, and some pastry/cheese/fish number and a shot of something like lemon grass. A meal on a mini BBQ, how quaint.
The full spread. Tapas is such a nice way to spend an evening, food, drink, friends, more food, and a couple more drinks. Doing this is kind of like a bar crawl except each spot has its own take on Tapas, meaning you dont need to sit yourself down with a big long dinner instead you can just flit from place to place eating and drinking as you go.
You end up with a few of these at any time.
Meanwhile outside there was kids running wild, whilst Mum was just standing back drinking a glass of wine. Its amazing to see so many kids out and about late. They seem keen on kids being part of the evenings, and its so nice in comparison to some places in the UK where kids cant go in the evening, and really just seems natural here.
On the way back to the car, took some pictures of the church. There is some amazing buildings in San Sebastian, well infact around every corner. We saw every corner as we got lost on the way home, so saw a lot of it.