|Basque architecture at the city center|
|The Old Market|
|some tiny church|
|not a good time to go the beach area|
most people who live in the southwest of France would go to San Sebastian, Spain for shopping. especially during the summer sale season when "Rebajas" on all the shop windows are flaunted. i most especially like to take advantage of this whenever i visit France with my family in the summer. especially since i have so many favorite Spanish brands.
|Kokotxa -- a Michelin-starred restaurant where we took refuge in when the rain suddenly poured after our arrival at midday|
|amuse bouche of bread sticks and bisque|
|Entrée -- i forgot the one on the left, i think it was prawn. the one on the right was salmon|
|this was my favorite -- Red tuna, peach, pickled vegetables, fresh cheese|
|having some cava (spanish sparkling wine) to go with the seafood|
|Squid ravioli, broth of its stew and corn|
|i changed to this refreshing light red wine to go with the meat for the next dish|
|Piece of ox filet, crunchy ashes and macadamia nuts|
|Raspberry foam, sponge cake, fresh fruits, yogurt & mint|
we took the Market Menu, which was mostly composed of lovely fresh seafood, which i love. you can see in the pictures above how colorful and palatable they all look. and the taste did not disappoint as well. i most especially loved the sort of tuna tatari with cheese, etc. there was also a fish dish that came after it but i forgot to take a picture.
it was a pleasurable experience having lunch at this place. the ambience was very good. it was a quiet corner but very central. close to the marina. the service was very good. and the price is quite reasonable for a Michelin-starred restaurant.
|walking amongst the shops after lunch|
|i love Nixon watches|
|this one particularly looked good on my wrist|
|i got these nice pair of cutsies at a Spanish shop called Loreak Mendian for half the usual price|
after lunch, we headed to the shops to take advantage of the Rebajas. i noticed though, that some of the shops that i like do not offer the same styles of clothes that are available in Singapore or in France. i only managed to find nice stuff in one Spanish branded shop but most of the other stuff that i got are French brands... still they are on sale and i might not find them in France anymore when i will have the time to shop there (hubby and i are going out of France in a couple of days for some adventure in the north of the continent) because everything is on sale and the ones that are my size will be all taken.
it was quite crowded in the shops, though even on a weekday. i totally enjoyed my day trip to San Sebastian despite the short shower of rain at midday. it was actually even a bit refreshing since it has been really hot in the South of France.