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A statue of John Adams in downtown Bilbao.

The journey through Basque Country continues and on this fair July 4, 2011, I would like to send out a brief salute, evoking the words of John Adams, second president of the (more…)

Bilbao
Bar Gatz in Bilbao’s old quarter.

After several days and several meals in Bilbao, I have become infatuated with the city’s pintxos. Mamma Parla and I had a few restaurant meals (2 out of 3 were painfully disappointing) which drove us to drown our sorrows in txacoli, the local wine, and artfully prepared finger foods. (more…)

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Mamma Parla is the queen of finding discounted hotel rooms. She found a great rate at the Grand Hotel Domine Bilbao, a very modern and somewhat posh hotel with incredible customer service and an even better location, just across the street from the Guggenheim. (more…)

VItoria-Gasteiz
Modernity meets the middle ages in the old quarter.

Two weeks in Basque country are underway and, as I expected, I quickly realized that 14 days are barely enough to comprehend Bilbao, much less the region. How do I do it all? Fit it all in? Eat everything I desire? Well, I can’t. And, frankly, I’m glad. I wouldn’t want to visit a place (more…)

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Vitoria-Gasteiz

Last month, I polled Parla Food readers to see where I should travel and eat for two weeks. After a week of voting, Basque Country came out on top and now here I am in Vitoria-Gasteiz, capital of the region and home to the Basque Parliament. I have a hotel booked here for one night, but (more…)