Wednesday, October 8, 2014

(Not-So-) Wordless Wednesday: Mom's 1953 Europe Road Trip - Donostia

From Mom's Europe trip diary, in the "PLACES VISITED" section: 
October 8, Thursday – San SebastiánSpain
After breakfast, walked around town, went to post office, and took some pictures.  Came back to hotel room and rested until dinner.

Seems like Mom was a little worn out from the ordeals of the previous day.  Pictures from this day of her trip don't survive, so I am guessing these are three things she might have seen in San Sebastián (Donostia in the Basque language), as they were within walking distance of her hotel.
Casa Consistorial (Ayuntamiento) de San Sebastion [3 August 2012] / Antonio de la Mano (Own work) / CC-BY-SA-3.0-es
Altarpiece of the Sacred Heart in San Sebastian Catedral del Buen Pastor, Spain
 [12 October 2009] / Zarateman (Own work) / CC0
The Casa Consistorial, also called the Ayunamiento, pictured above, is the city hall for San Sebastián.  Built in 1887 and surrounded by gardens, it was formerly a casino, and became the town hall in 1945.

At left is a photo of a part of the stunning interior and stained glass of San Sebastián's Catedral del Buen Pastor (Cathedral of the Good Shepherd), which took nine years to build, from 1888 to 1897.

Below is a photo of the Palacio Miramar, the former summer residence of the Spanish monarchy.  Also surrounded by gardens, it was begun in 1888 and finished in 1892.
Miramar Palace / Izaskun Segurado (Own work) / CC-BY-SA-3.0-es

Here is a view of the La Concha Bay and beach, from about the area of Mom's hotel:
San Sebastian, La Concha beach and bay [27 August 2014] / Carlos Martín D. A. (Own work) / CC-BY-SA-3.0-es

This is the 62nd in a series of posts transcribing entries in my mother's 1953 Europe Trip journal.

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