David Joseph Constable is a British journalist who uses the byline David J Constable. He writes for a wide range of national magazines and newspapers and is a prolific travel journalist. He is currently working on his first book of collected travel assignments, due for release in Spring 2017.
A bus takes me from the centre of the Rioja region, north, on a 70-minute journey to San Sebastián. We pass through small farming villages where donkeys graze on the sloped hills, and cross bridges that stretch across great empty ravines. Water flows north over rocks below, before reaching the River Uruma in San Sebastián.
By finally visiting Bilbao and San Sebastián, I fulfilled a long-held ambition. The Basque Country, and particularly San Sebastián, has loomed large in my consciousness ever since I read Ernest Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises.
History has shown that like oil, I do not mix well with water. I can take a bath solo, I'm referring to the blummin' great ocean; resting place of suffered shipwrecks and pirates, home to the 200-ton whale.
If you haven't heard of Slovenia then that's probably because they don't want you to. I don't want you to. The gentle incline of sweeping roads and the sunflowers, blossoms and viridian hills are reminiscent of Tuscany, and look what happened when you found out about that.
Budapest confused me in a way no other city has. I didn't know anything about the place, or the country. Airport arrivals was small and without grandeur and my taxi driver was pleasant enough with a good grasp of English.
The team's long awaited victory on Sunday over the Carolina Panthers proved that life goes on and darkness can give way to light. The win was celebrated with such vigour as it proved that the team can draw themselves together and perform.
Plenty of people ski The Alps. Some, with more grit, hike the rocky terrane. I've done both, across Austria, Switzerland, France and Italy, but not Slovenia, Liechtenstein or Germany, where the ranges stretch across Upper Bavaria and the Allgäu.
I cried because of the noise and entire experience, but mainly because with Dan and friends, and 80,000 people, we let it all pour out. That's the best I can sum it up. It's over now. "Our revels now are ended," announced Prospero. What loomed for so long has now tailed off, gleaming but inspiring us in its wake.
The formula in Lebanon's capital for women is fashion-forward, from their choice of cloth to the decisions they make surgically... Beirut has now overtaken both LA and Miami as the plastic surgery capital of the world. Yes, Beirut.
12/08/2012 14:58 BST
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