A Travellerspoint blog

San Sebastian

sunny 14 °C

Our favourite spot so far; beautiful beaches, friendly people and finally sun that feels warm! Kieran’s pasty UK skin even got burnt. Our hostel was cute and quirky with leaning stairs and an old Spanish owner, thank god Kieran knew some of the lingo as I just stood there and smiled not understanding one word... After days of eating too many French pastries we walked some off by heading up to the top of a fort which over looked San Sebastian’s two bays.

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I believe you know whether a city is good enough by the number of sausage dogs it has and this one had 5, so all in all that’s pretty impressive!! After stalking them for a while we walked around the beaches, checked out the cathedral and drank some vino near the bay. Perfect!

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Next stop, Leon.

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Paris, Blois & Bordeaux

sunny 10 °C

We left London and boarded the SeaFrance ship from Dover to Calais and first things first was to get the gist of driving on the total opposite side of the road and it’s safe to say it’s not that difficult. We headed straight to Paris for a romantic valentine’s day… we visited Notre-Dame and proceeded to (well I did..) pose as one should outside the cathedral. Haha.

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The Eiffel Tower was next on the cards. We climbed up millions of stairs and made it to the second level. The view was AMAZING.

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After trekking miles around the city we ended up at the Louvre to only be told it’s closed!! Yes closed… not impressed!!

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Next, Moulin Rouge… another small disappointment. I expected to see a red light district and the building to be impressive but no. It was just another theatre in another suburb.

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After a morning of disappointment we headed onto Blois a quaint little town half way between Paris and Bordeaux. The gothic château was out of this world and so were the views.

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London

semi-overcast 11 °C

So our Euro trip has begun… we left Newcastle and were oh soooo happy to wave goodbye and hit the road to down town London. Arrival drinks were compulsory with Christian, Sass and Tam.

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We saw a few of London’s most renowned attractions: Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, red telephone boxes and buses, changing of the guard, Camden town markets, Trafalgar square, Tower Bridge, Prime Meridian of the World and even had the time to enjoy a leisurely river trip to Greenwich. We even squeezed in an “Egypt trip” reunion which was a great night out and funnily enough led to bar hopping, ghost walking and traffic controlling!!

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London was all and more than we thought it would be… can’t wait to go back, especially to feed the super cute squirrels.

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Walk like an EGYPTIAN

Cairo, Aswan, Luxor & Hurghada

sunny 20 °C

I thought before we added our first European adventure blog I would start with my latest trip to Egypt. It’s safe to say that Cairo was a lot more peaceful when I arrived - No major political uproar had started yet thank god! The Bazaar was enough for me!

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To put it simply Egypt is a 'must do' it’s a place of historical importance that words can really not describe the whole experience.

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I was nervous at first being a lone traveller but that soon came to rest when I met my tour group. I could not have asked for a better group of people, fun and entertaining. Thanks to Caitlin, Jac, Dan, Dean, Dan II and P - you guys were awesome :)

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I was inducted with a game of M.I.N.E which entailed if you said the word "mine" you we forced to do ten push ups on the spot - what can I say, I believe I did push ups at the pyramids, on a train, in the streets and on a boat to name a few; not to mention where everyone else was forced to comply. Our game was quite normal compared to what sites we saw throughout the tour which included crazy Egyptian driving, bazaar market antics (my personal favourite quotes: "we have what isn't even invented yet" and "100% off" and even a baby goat riding a donkey...no kidding!

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The history was absolutely astounding and every sight breathtaking. To see the pyramids, Valley of the Kings (where I had a brush with fame, seeing the Minister of Antiquities; Zahi Hawass), temples, statues, monuments all that are thousands of years old was extremely surreal yet it was only the start... While I was there I thought I would try it all out - scuba diving in the red sea, quad biking into the desert to a nomadic village, sleep on a felucca on the Nile, ride a camel around the pyramids, danced at Hurghadas Ministry of Sound, kissed the sphinx, smoked shisha, learn a card game or two, drank and ate too much, visited museums and the list goes on.

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In a nutshell, Egypt was AMAZING! I could carry on forever about the experience and with various stories but I'll stop here because you will have an entire EUROPEAN blog to read soon :)

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