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NYC Wine Shoppes

Check out September Wines on the LES. They have an amazing and very interesting selection at all different price points. Their staff is awesome- so nice and very knowledgeable. http://www.septemberwines.com/home.asp Definitely my favorite wine shop downtown. Crush on 57th is great too, if you're looking for midtown. http://www.crushwineco.com/

Aug 11, 2009
AimeeD821 in Manhattan

Spain Itinerary- Help?

Thank you all SO much for all of your suggestions. I can't wait to sit down and sift through all of the fantastic advice and tips. This is exactly the kind of info I was hoping for and will be invaluable in our planning. We're planing to go at the end of October. I will deliver a full report when we get back. Thank you again!!

Aug 11, 2009
AimeeD821 in Spain/Portugal

Spain Itinerary- Help?

This is wonderful advice. I can't thank you enough! I was unaware that buses were the way to go and had not even really considered that as an option. Sounds like it will give us a lot more flexibility in our travel plans. And we will definitely research Girona. Thank you again!!

Aug 10, 2009
AimeeD821 in Spain/Portugal

Spain Itinerary- Help?

My husband and I are in the process of planning a 10 day trip to Spain. We'd like to try to hit three cities. We have done a great deal of research or restaurants in Barcelona and San Sebastian, so I'm all set in that department. What I could really use help on is planning our travel itinerary and determining what other city we should visit.

We're thinking of flying into Bilbao and spending the day there so my husband can see the Guggenheim.

Next we plan to travel by train to San Sebastian and spend three days there.

From San Sebastian we plan to go back to Bilbao and fly down to Barcelona where we will spend about five days, before flying home to the States. We wanted to do Barcelona last since the other portion of the trip will be more hectic. We're looking forward to Barcelona the most and figure it will be nice to end the trip by staying five day straight, and getting to relax and enjoy the city- especially after the first half of the trip, which could get a little crazy since we'll be traveling a bit.

My questions are the following:

1) Is it worth it to spend the night in Bilbao, or are we better off just getting on our way after the museum and lunch?

2) This is where I could use the most help- Does it make sense to go somewhere in La Rioja for a day or two between Bilbao and San Sebastian or before Barcelona? If so, any recommendations and can we do this by train? We live in NYC and neither of us drives a lot and I don't know how comfortable we'll feel testing our skills in a foreign country. That said, I've read that they train systems are not always the most reliable. I don't want to waste too much time on delays, etc. Are we making a big mistake trying to do this by train?

3) if La Rioja does not make sense, is there another city near Barcelona that we should visit as either a day trip or overnight?

I realize my second question is complicated, so a huge thanks in advance for any help you can provide. We're so excited about this trip and really want to make the most of it.

Aug 10, 2009
AimeeD821 in Spain/Portugal