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Pinchos Tour, San Sebastian, Spain

One of the best things about San Sebastian apart from the huge beach-front, is their small bites or Pintxos (Pinchos) Bars throughout the Old Town. San Sebastian itself has had quite a destructive history with most of the city destroyed in battle around the early 1800's. As a result a lot of the reconstructed stone architecture is relatively young compared to other European towns. The folk in San Sebastian pride themselves on their culinary skills, and boast to have around eight michelin star restaurants - although you wont find many in the town itself, its still pretty good numbers for a small city.

So with eating Pinchos, the idea is that you have 1-3 Pinchos preferably with a small glass of wine at each bar and repeat this process until your heart is content (well actually it was supposed to be a light snack in between meals) - sounds great right?  It is, and I did notice that their wine is quite potent. It can get a little chaotic and cramped as it gets quite busy during peak…

Marquez De Riscal, Elciego, Spain

This stunning and venturesome hotel building is home to Marquez De Riscal Hotel & Winery and was designed by distinguished Canadian architect, Frank Gehry - the same chap behind the world's architecturally celebrated Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao. We had travelled from London to Hotel Marquez de Riscal for a wedding that same afternoon. After what most brits have described an abysmal start to the UK summer, we were excited for the sun, celebrations and Marquez de Riscal's very own wine and food (their main restaurant currently holds one michelin star). 

It is quite a magnificent and honestly obtrusive structure, situated at the foot of a small town bordering the Rioja wine country, yet despite this - it doesn't feel out of place. It's truly awesome when you approach the Hotel and once arrived, there are spaces everywhere where you can enjoy vistas across to the main village and church, not to mention their well manicured vines all lending itself to the feeling of a re…