Donostia-San Sebastian

They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain: for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.

Isaiah 11: 9

This is a sophisticated sea side resort in the Basque region known for its shell – shaped bay, cobble – stoned old  town, good cooking and a film festival in September. This film festival was founded in 1953 and is one of the five leading European annual festivals. The city receives 200,000 spectators. The Donostia Prize is awarded as a tribute to the career of a star/director. (past winners Meryl Streep and Ian McKellen). Prizes also go to individual new films. (Vertigo was an early winner.)

We walked from where we could see Playa de Ondarreta to the end of Playa de la Concha. The day cloudy was still warm.  The first pictures show parts of the walk to the last of the group which is a picture of almost the whole.

As we  walked the promenade  we took in some streets into the town  as part of the experience. There were some lovely clothes worn by local people…

Some foods …

What could you make with the above ingredients ?…

“When you think about it, department stores are kind of like museums. “

Andy Worhol (He was an American artist, film director, and producer who was a leading figure in the visual art movement known as pop art.)

Some window – shopping…

“Nobody could catch cold by the sea;

nobody wanted appetite by the sea; nobody wanted spirits; Nobody wanted strength. Sea air was healing, softening,  relaxing- fortifying and bracing- seemingly just as one wanted- sometimes one sometimes the other.  If the sea breeze failed, the seabath was the certain corrective; and where bathing disagreed,  the sea air alone was evidently designed by nature for the cure.”

Jane Austen

“The use of sea air is common to all ; neither can a title to the ocean belong to any people or private persons, forasmuch as neither nature nor public use and custom permit any possession thereof.”

Queen Elizabeth 1 ( Good Queen Bess , Queen of England from 17 Nov 1558 until her death in 1603.  She was the daughter of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn.)

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