Another beautiful morning
Messages in sand
We take a final (for this trip) walk through the city, strolling on Playa de la Concha beach, following Paseo Nuevo around Mount Urgull, and then heading through Old Town into Constitution Square for lunch.
Strolling on the beach
Along Paseo Nuevo
Constitution Square for lunch
We've had the octopus appetizer here before, now it's time to have the octopus main course (with spicy potato puree and kimchee mayonnaise), along with the taco special. They mistakenly bring the octopus starter instead of the main course, so we have both!
Tacos and octopus starters, octopus main course
On our way out of the square, we pass a shop selling Iberian ham and chips. Too bad we're full!
Iberian ham and chips
The streets of Old Town are packed on this sunny, rain-free day and everyone is out having a great time shopping, dining, and catching up with friends and neighbors.
Everyone is enjoying the sunny day
Soon it is time to go and we head over to the bus station to catch a bus to the Bilbao Airport, where we'll fly to London and connect the next morning to San Francisco. The bus winds through the beautiful Basque countryside and we get a final view of the region.
At the Bilbao airport, we get a last chance to purchase Iberian ham near the gates. Unfortunately, we won't be able to bring it home, so we regrettably must pass.
Iberian ham shop at the Bilbao airport
And, in London it's a whole different culinary experience as we dine on fish and chips with mushy peas and tartar sauce.
Dining in England
Toto, we're not in Kansas any more (from The Wizard of Oz)! But, we'll return.