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Kingstonian

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Never been to Bilbao. I hear it is a workers city. Galicia next door is lovely. Rains a lot, but Santiago de Compostela is great, as is Corunna. Great fish restaurants and the tomb of Sir John Moore:-

‘Not a drum was heard
Not a funeral note
As his corps to the ramparts we hurried
Not a soldier discharged his farewell shot
O’er the grave where our hero we buried’

Great to see the place as it was a poem my father used to quote along with ‘the seven ages of man’

San Sebastián is on the to do list, but might stay across the border in France.
 

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Never been to Bilbao. I hear it is a workers city. Galicia next door is lovely. Rains a lot, but Santiago de Compostela is great, as is Corunna. Great fish restaurants and the tomb of Sir John Moore:-

San Sebastián is on the to do list, but might stay across the border in France.
I had visions of it being a dockers town with a sleazy side a bit like the song:


But it's really very pleasant in the centre and I noticed the price of apartments there are not cheap. It clearly rains a lot there and it was raining when I arrived.

Going from San Sebastian to Biarritz might be a good trip. I'm not sure whether Biarritz has deteriorated like lots urban France.
 

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Visiting London for a few days next month. Is it worth biking in the city?

Also, general recommendations are welcome.
 

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London is often a death trap for cyclists. Still, cyclists are everywhere. Depends on where you are I guess.

What do you intend to do in London?
 

ballmouse

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At the moment, I’m going to miss work, see a friend whose visa is expiring Dec 31, and use some flight upgrades that expire.

So honestly I don’t have plans per se. might be nice to see some shops and whatnot I didn’t bother visiting as I was a poor student when the pound was 1.6x the dollar.

And yes, drinking a proper English bitter would be probably be on the menu
 

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I would not be confident cycling but I know a lot of cyclists who are happy to ride a bike even in central London. Site seeing would be easier using public transport or walking.

If you want clothes shops, Jermyn Street is a good bet.

Good beer guide will highlight decent pubs in your area. Wetherspoons is very cheap and the one on Chancery Lane is nicely appointed, respectable clientele etc.
 

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I would not be confident cycling but I know a lot of cyclists who are happy to ride a bike even in central London. Site seeing would be easier using public transport or walking.

If you want clothes shops, Jermyn Street is a good bet.

Good beer guide will highlight decent pubs in your area. Wetherspoons is very cheap and the one on Chancery Lane is nicely appointed, respectable clientele etc.
Weatherspoons is a chain. Shouldn't you recommend a proper pub that has been there since time immemorial?
 

Kingstonian

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Weatherspoons is a chain. Shouldn't you recommend a proper pub that has been there since time immemorial?
Proper pubs in a suitable area are in the Good Beer Guide. No point recommending somewhere on the wrong side of town.
 
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