Monday, June 30, 2014
We ride antique funicular to best view of San Sebastian
It was becoming quite warm so we decided to take the bus past the long stretches of beach to the other side of the bay and within walking distance of the 102-year-old wooden funicular. On the way up we shared a car with a Dutchman and his bike. He had biked all the way from Holland and was continuing on to Santiago before meeting up with his wife. Quite a trip.
We wandered around the top of the hill, which is occupied by a hotel at one end and an old fashioned fun fair at the other. It seemed like an odd combination. Eventually, it was time to take the steep ride back down to the town. We thought we would catch the bus back but ended up taking a long walk around the promenade back to the port. Since it was 35 degrees, our progress was a bit slow. Our experience has been that restaurants right on ports are pretty good but this was not the case today with some mediocre service, stale bread and drowned salad.
Later that evening we made up for our disappointment having some lovely hake, called merluza in Spain, while watching the Spain football match on the restaurant television. Every restaurant in the old town was tuned in to the match. But the excited pre-game buzz eventually became quite muted - Spain, unbelievably was out of the World Cup.