Travel

San Sebastian, Spain

We are taking our journey west to Pays Basque, a region located in the western Pyrenees that spans the border between France and Spain on the Atlantic coast. Our first stop, San Sebastian, a little town situated on the North Central Coast of Spain. Known for it’s tapas and wine. A destination frequented by foreigners but it doesn’t feel touristy at all. I stayed at the Astoria7 hotel about a mile from the beach, when traveling I try and always pick hotels with restaurants and activities that I can walk to. My only regret is that I didn’t stay longer. Here’s a peek into my mini-trip.

 

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First things first, a bike ride. We checked out the second to last stage and time trial of Pais Vasco. Which started in Orio and includes the steepest climb I’ve ever seen (28% grade) which can only be described as a death march. Get your compacts on!

 
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It ended like this.

It ended like this.

 

Lucky for us the weather cleared up and we were able to walk to our dinner reservations on the beach. As I walked back to the hotel I thought to myself, San Sebastian, just like the rest of Spain has taught me it’s okay to slow down and not always be “doing.” To eat my meals slowly, to get off my phone, to live life and just breathe it all in.

 

Kourtney Compton in San Sebastian

Happier and warmer times.

 
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Old Town, San Sebastian

Old Town, San Sebastian

 
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Astoria7 a beautiful hotel with a cinematic theme.  I especially loved all the Audrey Hepburn memorabilia.

Astoria7 a beautiful hotel with a cinematic theme. I especially loved all the Audrey Hepburn memorabilia.

 

With love,

-Kourtney

Getting Lost in Barcelona Part 1

The day after the race we decided to stay overnight in Barcelona and explore. Barcelona is a beautiful city nestled between mountains and the mediterranean sea. I wanted to see as much of it as I possibly could. (and we did with about 15 miles of walking)

We grabbed a Starbucks, did some shopping, checked out the Boqueria Market and walked all around the city. Then we hiked up Montjuic and took the cable car up to the Montjuic Castle. After, we saw stunning views of the city from the Torre de Sant Sebastià cable car which dropped us off right by the hotel. Here are some photos from our adventure.

 

Kourtney Compton in Barcelona

 
Kourtney Compton Barcelona Spain

 

 

The La Boqueria Market is one of Europe’s largest and most famous food markets and a must see in Barcelona. A truly magnificent maze of stalls selling fruit, meat, cheese, spices and everything else under the sun. It is packed wall to wall with tourists and locals a like.

  

Fresh fruit juice for 1 euro.

Fresh fruit juice for 1 euro.

 
La Boqueria Market In Barcelona, Spain.
 
La Boqueria Market In Barcelona, Spain.
 

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