The second time in Bilbao, I spent more time exploring the area outside of the city and less walking through the city itself – this time in Gernika and Bermeo (and Rioja)….
Today was a day dedicated to driving to Bilbao, and visiting the Greater Bilbao….
I woke up in my gorgeous Spanish castle in Hondarribia and before going down for breakfast, walked around the castle and took some pictures of the Basque seaside. Remember, Hondarribia is on the west shore of the Bidasoa river, in Gipuzkoa, Basque Country, Spain….
We woke up to a quintessentially French Basque Country breakfast in our charming inn at Luz Saint Sauveur….
This morning we met out guide for the next week, Aitor Delgado, at the Claris Hotel around 9AM to make our way from Barcelona to Andorra. I found him on LinkedIn through a mutual connection from my time in Bilbao (I think). Leslie, Aitor, and I had written dozens of emails over the past 2 months planning out the itinerary and the trip, negotiating the details, and essentially filling the void of travel agent (we decided to go it our own this time to save money). We took the rental car that Leslie arranged in advance and started on the road not shortly after from Barcelona to Andorra….