When we arrived, however, San Sebastian was very warm, very sunny and the beaches were packed. Tourists and locals alike searching for a small piece of real estate to spread the towels and "Basque" in the warm sun =) (my apologies for the pun.) We had 2 days of lovely, sunny, hot, almost too hot weather. We went to the beach for both of them and caught a few rays ourselves. Then as we decide to head out to Bilbao to see Frank Gehry's Guggenheim (but I'll save that for Corina) the rain clouds roll in and kinda parked themselves overhead. Mind you, Bilbao itself was sunny.
We had 7 days of mostly relaxing, not too much walking...we explored the city, we went for a walk in Monte Urgull Mendia park and climbed to the top of a large hill where an old monestary and a large statue of Christ reside. This was quite a hike and the day could not quite decide if it wanted to rain or not but it was at least cooler so physical activity seemed like an O.K. idea. We spend some time in the park and started to decend to find some lunch. As we decended a nice spanish couple asks us a question (in spanish) "No hablo español" Corina says with some regret. The couple ask again in broken english... "Is this the way to Jesus on the Monte?" As we had just come from there we said yes keep following the path up and you will find it...after the plod ever upward I think about it and remarked "All roads lead to Jesus!"
Jesus on Monte Urgull Mendia
...just running out to catch our flight to Rome in minutes!