This was a birthday trip for my mother who is of Spanish decent. She wanted to see more of Spain and I wanted to get to know the culinary scene of northern Spain.
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Europe8 days / September - October 2018
Highs & Lows
There were two; a private “Winery Hopping Tour” that ended with lunch in a wine cave.
My mom was recovering from knee surgery and the cobblestones and hills in Girona were hard for her to manage.
This was a birthday trip for my mother who is of Spanish decent. She wanted to see more of Spain and I wanted to get to know the culinary scene of northern Spain, particularly the food of San Sebastian and the wines of La Rioja.
Q & A
What would you have changed?
Given that my mom was recovering from knee surgery I might have slowed the pacing down a bit and may have even skipped Girona given its cobblestones and hills. But if you are healthy and dont mind being on the go, the trip was perfect.
When we flew from the US to Spain we landed in Barcelona and hired a private driver to take us to Girona. Coming back from Girona to Barcelona we opted for the train which was really easy. We then flew from Barcelona to Bilboa and rented a car to get around. I wished I would have had a printed map because relying on my GPS, which was spotty, meant that we got lost a time or two.
Anything go wrong during the trip?
The movement for Catalan independence had come to a head while we were there which meant that some touristic activities were cancelled in Barcelona and Girona. It was a fascinating backdrop to our trip and only problematic when the airport shut down due to a strike on the day we were supposed to leave.
How was the food?
The food was great! Northern Spain has tons of Michelin starred restaurants, but even the more basic restaurants are terrific.