The Basque Country is an autonomous region located in the North of Spain and Southern France and is culturally and historically different from both France and Spain. This is partly why some of the most interesting places to visit in the Basque Country are truly unlike anywhere else in Europe. Even the Basque language predates … Continue Reading

The next day (and our final day in Spain after this day and this one), we popped out in search of even more of Bilbao, stopping at the local market (which was a huge part of Bilbao, got closed down and recently renovated into part-fresh food market and part restaurant/tapas bar area. We carried on … Continue Reading

The next morning, we woke up to a day filled with fun wine-related plans – starting with a firm favourite of mine – a trip to a vineyard. There’s just something about vineyards I just love… not quite sure what that ‘something’ is but the chance to ‘taste’ the wine also adds considerably to my … Continue Reading

Yup, we’re in the midst of winter… frosty mornings, chilly winds and flurries of snow! However much you love winter, it can be a testing season, especially as the longer nights take hold. I’m all about embracing winter, in fact, the thought of a log cabin, roaring fire and plenty of snow is a total … Continue Reading

The Basque Country is one of those regions in Spain that isn’t necessarily the first place you’d think about visiting in Spain. The name itself makes it sound like it’s a different place entirely and apart from the big cities like beautiful San Sebastian and the brilliant hub of activity that is Bilbao, most people … Continue Reading

Our trip to the Spanish Basque Country was definitely one of the most memorable trips we’ve had! We got to make new friends, eat lots of different and amazing foods to our heart’s contents and become a lot more open to travel. In the past, I’d  (like everyone else I suppose) been particularly keen on visiting … Continue Reading

The name of the towns and villages in the Basque Country sure are a tongue twister! Luckily, they more than make up for it in their sheer charm and beauty when you do visit so it’s definitely worth learning the name (and even a few Basque Country phrases to get you started). Hondarribia is one … Continue Reading

I’d been meaning on putting this post up for ages! 🙂 Essentially, we’d been exploring Gipuzkoa (in the Basque Country) for a couple of days and after this humongous lunch, we ventured across the river from Pasai Donibane (the town we were in) to the neighbouring town. It has been raining just before but in true Basque … Continue Reading

Well they are amazing is what they are! In my last post, I kinda kept getting distracted by food, well this is that food post! So back to the matter at hand – Pintxos! Pintxos are technically Hors d’oeuvres but you can pretty much turn it into a main meal! The idea is basically that … Continue Reading

This post started off on another tangent but very quickly evolved when I looked through the photos. Initially it was gonna show you an aspect of San Sebastian I really enjoyed (the eating and drinking) but when I started looking through the photos, I realised there’s no way I could do that without showing you … Continue Reading

I’ve got one question for you! Why had no one told me how beautiful San Sebastian is? I love a beautiful city as much as next traveller but for some reason or the other, I’d never quite made it to San Sebastian – this all changed however when we visited The Basque Country. But you … Continue Reading

2014 was the year that Hand Luggage Only was truly born! Lloyd and I started toying with the idea of Hand Luggage Only back in 2012 after travelling around at every opportunity possible and accumulating quite a lot of travel photos so after a bit of “to’ing” and “fro’ing” we finally decided to go for … Continue Reading

And boy was it something of a revelation! When we visited Gipuzkoa in the Basque Country (in Spain), I had lots of different expectations – that the people would be friendly (this is a popular and rather well known fact), that the language would be dramatically different from Spanish, that the weather would be great… … Continue Reading

Yup! It’s that time of the week/month again! New Video Time! Our YouTube Channel has just been updated with THE FULL VIDEO of our time in the Basque Country. Complete with (awkward) voice-over by me! Check it out and let me know what you think.