My parents are visiting us in Spain this week. When it came time to make Thanksgiving plans, my first thought would be to make a turkey pizza to eat, and then lie around the house in a digestive stupor as is American tradition on this holiday. My wife suggested that we take advantage of my day off work go to Santander after she got off work (it’s not a holiday in Spain, of course) to see the penguins and sea lions at the Palacio de la Magdalena. This was, as usual, a superior idea to mine, so we decided to do that. Then, at the last minute, she suggested that, if we wanted to, my folks and I could take the entire day to go to the nearby town of Castro Urdiales to see the beach and church there, rather than wait most of the day for her to get off work. In the end, this plan won out. We spent Thanksgiving walking around and eating tapas in Castro Urdiales.
We started the morning with Erik’s Homemade Thanksgiving Apple Harvestâ„¢ scones.
Castro Urdiales is the eastern most town of any interest in Cantabria, close to the border with the Basque Country. The town dates back to Roman times, mainly as a port and fishing village. The French destroyed the town in 1813, but many of the residents were able to escape to sea with English ships.
My parents and daughter in Castro Urdiales.
The town is nothing if not photogenic. The fact that I accidentally left my good camera at home was very painful.
See that taller white building on the left? That’s where we had lunch.
The medieval Santa Maria church is a gorgeous bit of gothic architecture.
In the shade of an olive tree.
I loved these stairs that go nowhere.
Yes, I was in short sleeves. It was chilly, but more comfortable than with my sweater on.
Enough walking, let’s have some tapas!!
Goat cheese on ham and a tomato, sprinkled with balsamic vinegar.
Bacon and quail eggs.
This place, La Marinera, was quite nice.
My mother switched to coffee for a few of the wine rounds. Nora was happy to finish the last bit for her.
My parents love going bar to bar almost as much as their granddaughter does. Those are glasses of vegetable broth they gave us with our wines.
God, I love Spain!
After lunch we continued our long walk back to the car, having fun along the way, of course.
And resting some.
The beach was very finely raked, but also had these bizarre footprints walking in parallel lines away from the water. WTF?
Nora, Poppy and Grandma.
We had a good time in Castro Urdiales. This is a very rare well-framed photo by a stranger.
In the evening, after yet more walking around Colindres, I did make my famous turkey pizza to celebrate the American holiday of being thankful for what we have.
My Thanksgiving was far from typical, but I ate too much and had a wonderful time with my family, so I guess I did pretty well.