Vitoria’s Secret

Yesterday, since it was a bank holiday, I took a half day trip to Vitoria-Gasteiz, the capital of the Basque region. Susan, my partner in crime, planned the trip of cathedral seeing, museum touring, and cupcake eating. Twas an excellent day!

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Vitoria, the land of confusing street signs, had us lost in no time! When we were supposed to take a right, we ended up taking a left only to discover a random mural or sculpture. We walked along the posh pathway lined with million dollar homes. We passed numerous palaces, some more grand than others. We toured the museum of Basque art and strolled through the nativity decorated park. History lines practically every street in Vitoria. We touched an 11th century city wall only to walk one block down to see a magnificent 15th century cathedral. Needless to say, Vitoria should not be missed if you are in the Basque region.

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The wall, the cathedral, the art museum 

As you know, I can’t go somewhere and not try the food. Food is important. Susan and I stopped off for pintxos at Sagartoki, a very cool bar/restaurant. They have unique pintxos, ranging from deep fried to sushi fresh. We ordered the parmesan and tomato croquettes along with the patatas bravas, and of course, we could not pass up their signature pintxo, el huevo frito con patatas. It basically looked like a fried ravioli. I’m still trying to figure out how they got the runny egg inside the fried crust so effortlessly. For dessert we headed over to Velvet Bakery, which sold all of their cakes with cream cheese frosting. I scarfed down the dulce de leche cupcake while Susan ordered the strawberry cheesecake. The cupcake was so delicious that I had to control myself to keep from ordering one of each. I’d definitely go back to both places!

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Sagartoki & Velvet Bakery

Oh, and we discovered Vitoria’s secret!

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The only rhino I will probably ever get to sit on.

If you have been to Vitoria, I would love to hear about your experience! Feel free to like and comment or ask questions if you have any. This weekend I am headed to Paris, France, so if you have any tips/suggests, please leave a comment below! Thanks for reading! 🙂 Cheers!

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