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Bay of Biscay

Marty’s photo of the day #2957: Last night Deb and I were reminiscing about how much fun we had working on the Europe chapter for my first book, Cool Creatures, Hot Planet: Exploring the Seven Continents. We explored Spain, France, Switzerland, and Andorra, without any real plans. We had no GPS, no hotel reservations—just a date when we had to get to Switzerland to meet up with a friend. The Europe chapter turned out hilarious—from late night drunk shopping to getting “fired” in a Spanish restaurant for asking for ketchup to an aborted partial climb of the Matterhorn. I took this photo of the Bay of Biscay, from the balcony of a hotel we randomly selected on our anniversary night. It was a wonderful hotel, except for the tiny, squeaky bed.

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