Tag: Spain

Aer Lingus Bilbao to Dublin and the Bloody Radisson Blu Dublin Airport

This is part ten in my trip report series from my July 2016 trip to Spain.  For an introduction, see this post. The business class fare that I had booked home was out of Dublin. I thought that flying from somewhere in Basque country to Dublin would be pretty cheap.  Alas, it wasn’t; the only nonstop
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A Short Stay in Bilbao and the Excellent Holiday Inn Bilbao

This is part nine in my trip report series from my July 2016 trip to Spain.  For an introduction, see this post. My last stop in Spain was Bilbao, where I had about a day and a half.  So after breakfast, I checked out of my hotel in San Sebastian and headed to the new bus
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2 Days in San Sebastian and the Hotel Astoria7

This is part eight in my trip report series from my July 2016 trip to Spain.  For an introduction, see this post. (Note: Beware of food porn.) Lots of times when people tell me a tourist destination is beautiful, I take it with a grain of salt.  It’s not that I usually disagree, but there are
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Vueling BCN to BIO and onward to San Sebastian

This is part seven in my trip report series from my July 2016 trip to Spain.  For an introduction, see this post. After spending a week in Catalonia, I headed to Basque Country for the rest of my time in Spain.  You can take a train from Barcelona to San Sebastian in about 5.5 hours, but I
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Mini-Review: Melia Sarria Barcelona, Quite Different from the sad Hilton Barcelona

This is part six in my trip report series from my July 2016 trip to Spain.  For an introduction, see this post. My last night in Barcelona was at the Melia Barcelona Sarria.  I didn’t spend a lot of time there given an early morning departure, and didn’t even get a lot of pictures (the horror). 
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Three Days in Barcelona: Back Where I Started

This is part five in my trip report series from my July 2016 trip to Spain.  For an introduction, see this post. Thirteen years ago, in the summer before my junior year of college, I got off a plane from JFK to BCN (on Delta, paid for with my parents’ Skymiles), and started my first
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Don’t Stay at the Hilton Barcelona, or, Hilton Status is Meaningless

This is part four in my trip report series from my July 2016 trip to Spain.  For an introduction, see this post. I stayed at six different hotels on my Spain trip.  Three I would stay at again in a heartbeat.  Two I would consider again.  And one I regretted and put a damper on my
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Exploring Sitges and the Avenida Sofia Hotel

This is part three in my trip report series from my July 2016 trip to Spain.  For an introduction, see this post. Sitges is a beach town in Catalonia, about 20 miles to the southwest of Barcelona.  It has a bit of an artsy vibe, but its main industry is tourists.  It’s developed a particularly
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Barcelona Bound:  AA Business Class DCA-PHL-BCN

This is part two in my trip report series from my July 2016 trip to Spain.  For an introduction, visit this post. I was scheduled to fly from DCA to JFK on a Tuesday evening, then on Wednesday evening fly JFK to Madrid on American, followed by Madrid to Barcelona on Iberia.  Not an ideal
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Summer in Spain:  Trip Preview and Anatomy

Since my Brazil mini-vacation, I haven’t stopped traveling, with trips to Minneapolis, New York, and Lubbock for work and family.  I’m glad to be at home in DC for a few weeks, but it also means I need to start turning my attention to my only real vacation of the summer. For each of the
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