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January 7, 2023

Curiosities and foody of San Sebastian

As you might know, the basques as in Spain or France are very good in the kitchen ,and one of the culinary highlights of my dear Spain. Here the choices are endless and very renown foods, however for nostalgia’s sake we as a family remember fondly this place which I am updating an older post with new items, Therefore, let me tell you about the curiosities and foody of San Sebastian.

I have come down by car from France to the beautiful city of San Sebastian  or Donostia in basque, We really were not looking to eat ,and did not know anything about them, just walking the city and hunger strikes; we look up some description of the menu and went in. Little did we know, we were stepping into San Sebastian’s culinary history! This is the restaurant Juanito Kojua with great memories with the family.

San Sebastian Juanito Kojua resto MF et PF aug08

Located in the Old Town of Donostia/San Sebastian,at Portu kalea 14 or Calle Puerto, you will find the emblematic Juanito Kojua, In its menu, you can find a wide variety of game products, as well as spoon dishes, fish and homemade delicacies. Taste the best of Donostiarra cuisine in Juanito Kojua. Opened since 1947 ,specializing in traditional Basque cuisine.Simply awesome !! This modest spot began as a meeting place for fishermen’s eating clubs and has persisted over the years because its chefs always seem to manage to get the top of the catch. There are four dining rooms of various traditional décor, but you don’t go here so so much for ambience as for the food! A must in San Sebastian, and we love it. They are now part of the group Garrancho, that have there in addition to the feature resto , the following : Andra Mari , Virginia Mendibil (in Irún) Mesón Portaletas , Juanito Kojua, Alderdi Zahar , Casa Vergara 1948, and Casa Tiburcio.

San Sebastian juanito kojua resto noel and pipo aug08

The official Juanito Kojua restaurant:

My new fav RestaurantGuru reviews on the Juanito Kojua:

Moving about in beautiful San Sebastian we got into the shopping mode on the Boulevard ! The grand artery along the bay, this gets you into many side streets of old world treasures and shops, plus great restos and bar, walking is a must here, you will see more. For shopping you can do some along Boulevard to calle Legazpi left or at Calle Mayor right or a bit before left on Garibai Kalea street. 

San Sebastian Pedro at boulevard aug08

The San Sebastian tourist office on old city center shopping:

Moving toward the harbor you come into a wonderful small Aquarium ; this is at the Palacio del Mar, at paseo del muelle, 34, basque architectural design to house the aquarium opening in 1828 as the headquarters of the Guipuzcoa Oceanographic Society. It has an unique collection of marine life from the local waters. Webpage:

San Sebastian pedro in harbor near aquarium aug08

There you go folks, hope it helps discover this wonderful City of Sant Sebastian, that I would love to visit again, Memories of my dear Spain ! Again, hope you enjoy the post on the curiosities and foody of San Sebastian, Spain or Donostia, Euskad as I.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all !!!

January 7, 2023

Findel and Kirchberg one two Luxembourg city !!!

 I have several posts on Luxembourg and the City . However, looking thru my vault came up with some nostalgic pictures of wonderful family trips needed to have them in my blog. This gave the idea of merging the post on the Findel airport as well as it is related, Therefore, here is my take on the Findel and Kirchberg ,one two Luxembourg city !!Hope you enjoy the post as I.

Kirchberg is mentioned for the first time in a document in 1222, and was part of the Weimerskirch section of the former town of Eich.  Kirchberg is one of the 24 districts of Luxembourg city. Made up of a plateau located in the northeast part of the city, it is today the heart of the international banking and financial center that the country constitutes. It is linked to the city center by the Grande-Duchesse Charlotte bridge aka the pont rouge or red bridge because of the color of the anti-rust that has covered the bridge since its construction which spans the valley of the Alzette riverIn the 1960s, the Kirchberg plateau first hosted the buildings of the European institutions located in Luxembourg: Court of Justice of the European Union, European Court of Auditors, Secretariat of the European Parliament, European Investment Bank (EIB) ), European School, Eurostat, etc. Today it has become a residential, cultural district with the Philharmonic Hall as well as the Museum of Modern Art Grand Duke Jean – aka Mudam, but also and above all institutional and business with European institutions, banks, financial institutions and insurance are numerous.


The Luxembourg City on the district of Kirchberg

The district is located a stone’s throw from Luxembourg-Findel airport.  Another one of our favorites ,the Kirchberg district, fun there with the family It is, also, a leisure district. Multisport halls and an Olympic swimming pool all grouped under the name of La Coque  make this sports complex the largest  and most important in the country. Utopolis ( now call Kinepolis) is a multiplex composed of 10 rooms and was the first multiplex in Europe to have equipped all of its screens with the standards of digital projection. We love the cinema indeed been there saw films wonderful experience!  The old Utopolis/newer Kinepolis cinema webpage:


One of the Auchan group’s shopping centers, located in the heart of the district, is one of the largest in the country. And the stand alone Auchan hypermarket was our regular stop while there even for clothing of jeans! It is very nice inside a nice building shopping mall with plenty of other stores and restaurants ,about 66. The Auchan hypermarket webpage:


And of course, the Auchan is located in the wonderful Auchan Shopping Center (mall) of Kirchberg ! Webpage :

We drove once as in many times to it, and after walked all over Luxembourg ville we end up very late and not wanting to return so late, we look for a one night hotel. Well in the center of Luxembourg was not easy and always looking for new thing we look up the Accor French chain hotel of Etap (now all coverted to Ibis). However, the one here was all the way out in Findel by the airport!  Findel is a village in the town of Sandweiler.  As said, Findel hold the Findel international airport of Luxembourg. It was at Findel, that the Grand Duchess Charlotte of Luxembourg returned to the country after its liberation at the end of WWII.  Well this Etap hotel was there ! We found out that we could even leave our car nicely park underground there and come into city center Luxembourg ville by bus!  And we decided to try it!! By the way next to it there was an Ibis hotel and we have tried it too. The Etap is now the Ibis Budget (one star) and the former is now the Ibis Airport (3 stars)  hotel. Webpage Ibis airport:

Webpage Ibis Budget (old Etap):

lux etap hotel by findel airport next to ibis jan11

The Luxembourg-Findel airport is quite the size for the country, here for information as never taken plane to Luxembourg, only once by train and many times by car!  webpage:

Lux airport findel pedro et boys dec05

From the hotel walk a bit to the side of the Findel airport , and you can take a nice bus ride no 16 to Kirchberg and City center Luxembourg which we use many times in a couple of visits, It is easy great, worth the ride indeed,Your transport Mobiliteit on line 16 (English):

The VDL city of Luxembourg more on bus line 16 stops:

From the city center Hamilius quai 1 bus depot we have taken once bus line 1 to Kirchberg right by the Auchan shopping center! Nice ride lol! VDL webpage:

The Kirchberg district is served by the tramway linking Luxexpo to the Grand Duchess Charlotte bridge via avenue John F. Kennedy; the tram is linked to Pfaffenthal-Kirchberg station located on line 1 by the funicular. I have not taken the tram but for information should be fun, The Official Luxtram on line 1 :

And since 2020, the bus, tram, etc are free in Luxembourg! More info in French :

A bit of hidden places for a nice walk with the family or rest stop is the Kirchberg’s public park. Its greenery invites you to relax during a stroll, play a game of pétanque or enjoy a picnic al fresco. Curious visitors will find information panels about its varied flora.

More information to help you plan your trip to Luxembourg are :

The City of Luxembourg tourist office:

The Luxembourg tourist office on Luxembourg Ville

There you go folks, a nice wonderful time in pretty Luxembourg ! Glad to tell you about a great combination Findel and Kirchberg, worth the detour indeed. Again, hope you enjoy the post as I,

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all !!!

January 7, 2023

The Quirinale palace and square of Rome !

When I took the family on vacation went to Rome, been here before on business trips but this time the gang came along for a wonderful time, While in town, my team did a lot of walking taking public transports on a needed basis , and we came to see this wonderful part of Rome, I believe the Quirinale palace and square of Rome, deserves a post on their own , and I did ; now let me update this older post with text/links ; hope you enjoy it as I.


The Piazza di Quirinale is a square of the historic center of Rome, located on the top of the Quirinal Hill, the highest in the city center. It is located in the Rioni Monti and Trevi zones. The Quirinale square is bordered to the northeast by the imposing façade of the Quirinale Palace, the official residence of the President of the Italian Republic, built in the years 1573-1585 and later (1578) as the summer residence of the Popes. With the capture of Rome in 1870, due to the conflicts in Europe of the French-Prussian war , the building became the seat of the Italian monarchy and, after the institutional referendum in 1946, the seat of the highest Republican judiciary.


roma quirinale piazza via del traforo aug13

In the center of the Qurinale square is the large sculpture group of the Dioscuri Fountain, also known as the Monte-Cavallo fountain, dating back to the imperial era. The statues come from the Baths of Constantine, and represent the twins Castor and Pollux, the Dioscuri, who hold the reins of their horses. Included in the group, an obelisk that was found in the mausoleum of Augustus.


The east side of the Quirinale square is bordered by the Palais de la Consulta, formerly the Pontifical State Court, then the Ministry of Italian African affairs, and has been headquartered, since 1955, by the Constitutional Court.



On the opposite side of the presidential residence are the stables of the Quirinale Palace from the 18C. The building, restored in its entirety in the years 1997-1999, is now used as a place for art exhibitions. On the west side of the Quirinale square, there is a balustrade that overlooks the panorama of the capital.


This is a wonderful place to walk and relax in Rome, with wonderful architecture all around you ,up and down!  It is worth the detour me think.

The official Quirinale palace (presidential palace of Italy) on its history :

The Rome tourist office on Quirinale :

There you go folks, again, nice to walk in Rome, and the Quirinale palace and square are tops for that. Enjoy Rome, and hope you have enjoy reading this post as I.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all !!!

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