Off to Spain with a Jaunt to France

September 23rd, 2010 at 3:04 pm (AST) by Jake Richter

We had not planned on going anywhere for exploration for the rest of the year, but a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity arose for us (the adult half of The Traveling Richters) to dine at the famed elBulli restaurant in Spain and personally meet famed chef Ferran Adrià, so we have wrapped an expedition for all of The Traveling Richters to explore parts of Spain around that event to take advantage of being in Spain for the special occasion at elBulli.

Our Itinerary:

  • Sept. 29 – Oct. 1, 2010 – Bilbao & San Sebastian, Spain
  • Oct. 1 – 2, 2010 – Toulouse, France. Just passing through southern France
  • Oct. 2 – 4, 2010 – Roses, Costa Brava, Spain
  • Oct. 4 – 5, 2010 – Zaragoza, Spain
  • Oct. 5 – 8, 2010 – Madrid, Alcala de Henares, and Toledo, Spain

In addition to having secured reservations at three of the top restaurants in the world for this trip, we’ll be exploring various museums like the Guggenheim Bilbao and the Prado and Reina Sofia in Madrid. We also have a docent to guide us through the history of Toledo, the life and times of Cervantes (author of “Don Quixote”), and an olive oil, ham, chocolate, and Tapas tasting tour in Madrid. It will be tiring, but we’re up for the challenge!

And we’ll be home just in time for our country to change on 10-10-10. We stay on the same island, of Bonaire, but the country of the Netherlands Antilles will be dissolved on 10-10-10, and Bonaire will become a municipality of The Netherlands. More on that here.

Depending on how busy we are in our travels, we may or may not post travelogues. Jake has started an on-line graduate program in photography, so we expect most of his on-line time on the road will be spent meeting his obligations for his classes.

However, if any of you have recommendations on other places we should not miss in the areas we will be traveling in, please let us know!


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3 Responses to “Off to Spain with a Jaunt to France”

  1. Kate Hickson Says:

    Jake and Linda-
    You will LOVE Barcelona and the Costa Brava (where El Bulli is). I spent my junior year abroad in college there and I go back almost every year. Last year I was supposed to go during the volcano ash week! BCN is a fabulous city with unbelievable architecture (Gaudi, Domenech i Montaner) and art and museums. You will see and hear mostly Catalan in Catalunya, but people will speak Spanish if they must. Not sure how it is in Bilbao with the Euskadi…looks and sounds nothing like Spanish. Have a blast! Please report back!

  2. Jake Richter Says:

    Alas, we were in Barcelona a couple of years ago already – and did love it. Not stopping there on this trip. What we found interesting was the similarity of Catalan to French. Not familiar with Euskadi though – is it similar to Galacian? If so, it would be a Celtic derivative. Will have to go look it up. Thanks Kate!

  3. Kate Hickson Says:

    Yes, Catalan is quite similar to French…sort of a mixture between the two! Euskadi may be similar to Galician, and I think it actually may be a Celtic derivitive (I think I’ve heard that before).

    Ok, no BCN this trip. Well, do check out the Dali Museum in Figueres, if you haven’t done that before. Dali’s former home, now a museum, in Port Lligat is a nice detour. And there are some cool roman ruins all around there as well. I see you are going to Roses, so I assume you’ll pass through Cadaques. I really loved a small seaside town called Canyelles Petits, but I don’t know if it has been ruined by “urbanizacion”. It’s a great area, and you’ve picked a nice time to be there: still warm and sunny, but “the season” is over and it will be more mellow. Report back and/or along the way!