After coming down the hill, I visited the small Aquarium next to the harbor.
This weekend, I visited San Sebastian, a beautiful seaside resort town in Spain, in the Pais Vasco country. The city became famous after the Queen Isabel II of Spain in 1845 took her physician’s advice and treated her skin problem by bathing in the sea.
The city’s main beach is called Playa de Conchas (Beach of the Seashell). The bay is laid out in the shape of a crescent moon. On the two tips, there are two mountains.
I climbed the Monte Urgull on foot. It was a steep climb. Yet, when I reached the top, the view was breathtaking and well worth the effort. On the top of the mountain, there was a statue of Christ and a museum showcasing the history of the city.
After descending the hill, I visited the Aquarium, which had an interesting of ship models. The small display of sea-lives was also interesting. I took several good photos of starfishes and crabs in the display.
Like all Spanish cities, the town became filled with people after 9 P.M. People were either strolling in the street or visiting many of the reasonably price restaurants.
The school organized a cooking class today. There were 6 people from the school, including me, went to the event. The chef taught us basic cooking skills. And, we got to eat our own cooking.
Yesterday the weather was exceedingly well. I took the opportunity and walked around the city. Bordeaux is a big town. It is very flat without hills. So, it is quite accessible on foot. I circled the entire downtown area and took some great photos.
After a long flight from Dallas via Minneapolis and Amsterdam, I have arrived in Bordeaux and met my host family – Laure & Daniel Rigoudy, who had spent nearly 4 years in Miami during the early 90s. They are very nice people and came to the airport and took me home. They have 3 children, the eldest one is in college in Montreal, the second son is in a boarding school in Nice, and a 12-years old youngest daughter living here in Bordeaux.
The journey was quite tiring. After many hours in the airplane, my feet were a little swollen.
The Rigoudys live in a very nice house, from 19 century. They have done a great job restoring the outside (cleaned the sandstone) and put in a backyard pool.
It has been 15 years, since I took French in College. On the plane, I was reading the Living Language (Conversation French). It is quite amazing that I am already able to converse and understanding 50-60% of the easy conversations. I guess that learnt Spanish and German really made it easy for me to refresh other Romance languages.