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Sep 25, 2016 - Guggenheim

We left Zumaia early the next morning after breakfast at a bakery. We took N633 along the coast. We passed many 3-4 abrest cyclists. A race maybe? In that case should have had a pic of the pelaron but sorry. Much to Gord's delight, we made a wrong turn and found ourselves on the autopista just beyond Deba. We took this to Bilbao. With Rick Steve's directions, we arrived in Bilbao Centre right by the Guggenheim Museum with parking nearby. Great!! It is a fantastic piece of architecture with its curving facade mixed with square and round...

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Jul 4, 2016 - Our last week in Spain

Sunday 26th June. Lazy day after a long walk with Blue in the morning. Monday 27th Went to Miranda Lidl to shop. Treated like royalty in the Asian Bazaar! Tuesday Roy walked Blue, washed and I cleaned away SOME of the fluffy stuff. Got filmed by a tv crew to be on Spanish TV holiday programme! I wish I'd had chance to tidy up first.... Had a lovely lazy afternoon, hot sunshine, lovely breeze. Wed morning, thru Sobron to FRIAS, absolutely stunning mountain range with amazing rock formations the river Ebro meandering underneath. Stopped in...

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May 7, 2016 - Guggenheim Museum

The Guggenheim Museum. Bilbao. 1 1/2 hour drive there and back. Was it worth it? That's art. No lunch as it took so long to wander the museum. But made up for it at dinner - you guessed it tapas. We learnt yesterday that 1.5 million liters of apple cider was produced each year for the whalers and cod fishermen to take with them on their journeys to New Foundland for cod and whale oil in the 16th century. So we had to try the local cider - good enough for them ..... Crazy. Yuk. They didn't get scurvy but I don't know how they drank it.........

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Oct 28, 2015 - San Juan de Gaztelugatxe

This morning we set off early with a picnic lunch heading for the town of Bakio about 40 minutes north of Bilbao. By the time the local bus set us down at Bakio, which was at the end of the route, there was only us and a guy with his surfboard remaining. While the surfer only had to cross the road to reach the beach, we still had a further six kilometres to go before we would be at San Juan de Gaztelugatxe, our main destination for the day. With none of the taxis we had read about in sight, and the town all but deserted, we set off on the...

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Oct 27, 2015 - Vizcaya Bridge

The Vizcaya Bridge is an iron transporter bridge built in 1893 to connect two towns on the banks of the Nervion River at Getxo, about 12 kms from Bilbao. It transports vehicles and passengers by a hanging 'gondola' taking only minutes to cross from one side to the other. It was declared a World Heritage site by Unesco in 2006. This type of bridge was constructed so that the maritime traffic of the Port of Bilbao was not disrupted and also to negate the need to build a larger more costly bridge. There are two visitor lifts built into the 50...

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Oct 27, 2015 - Bilbao

We arrived in Bilbao yesterday, still in Basque country not too far west of San Sebastian. About an hour in the bus and beautiful green, mountainous scenery along the way. At times it was a bit 'Swiss alps' in appearance with A framed houses and cattle grazing on the hillsides. Today we awoke to a rainy day and the thought of venturing out wasn't all that appealing. Glad we did as the rain eased off and the old town on the other side of Nervion River has a fantastic indoor market, La Ribera, where we stocked up on local olives, fresh figs...

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May 21, 2015 - Northern Spain

We continued our drive from the French Basque coastline to the Spanish Basque coastline. In both countries, people speak French or Spanish respectively, but some also speak the native Basque language called Euskara. Road signs and other signs are in both French or Spanish and Euskara. However, other than the signage we could not really identify Basque from the rest of the French or Spanish. In the past there was a Basque separatist movement that was sometimes violent but in 2011 the movement denounced violence. We stayed a few days in the...

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Apr 10, 2014 - Day 11 - Pondering the future of Spain

Today was our last day in Bilbao. We spent it mostly by taking a funicular up to the top of Mt. Artanda, which allows for spectacular views of the city. We walked there and back because it seems that no place we wanted to go in Bilbao is more than a 20 minute walk away. Bilbao has, from what I understand, a very good Metro system, but we never used it. This was the first time I'd been in a city that had a Metro system where we had no occasion to use it. Then around 5PM, we boarded a five hour train ride to Madrid. On the train, I tried to...

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Apr 10, 2014 - Day 10 - Why didn't you call me?

Bilbao has turned out to be quite the happy accident of our vacation. When I was planning the itinerary for this trip, I briefly considered including Bilbao, but decided against it, in favor of spending more time in other cities and places in Spain. I knew about the Guggenheim, but I wasn't sure it was enough to justify a visit to Bilbao. I'd been to the original Guggenheim museum in New York, and frankly, it's not all that impressive. But Bilbao has been awesome. The Guggenheim here is orders or magnitude more impressive than it's New York...

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Apr 9, 2014 - Day 9 - Yoko Ono's "Vagine"

Prior to coming to Bilbao, if you had asked me what I associated with Bilbao, I would have come up with exactly two things: - I knew that Bilbao was the sight of a new Guggenheim modern-art museum designed by Frank Gehry. - Bertold Brecht and Kurt Weill wrote a song called "The Bilbao Song" for their musical, "Happy End". The song is an ode to "Bill's Beer Hall in Bilbao", which is a disreputable, skanky dive of a bar "where the stools at the bar are damp with rye/On the dancefloor the grass grows high". But the song really has nothing to...

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Mar 26, 2014 - 6 Cities in 7 Days

Santander-Bilbao-San Sebastián-Vitoria-Pamplona-Madrid I have been sooo lazy about this lately, but let's see what I can remember! The Sunday night of Carnaval weekend, my friends Nicole, Aubrey and I hopped on the midnight bus to Madrid, then from Madrid we took a train ride up to Santander. Let's just say that wasn't the best part of the week and leave it at that haha. It was such a whirlwind of a week, and so fun. We have been telling people we just ate our way through Northern Spain because I think that's all we did haha. We were in bed...

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Oct 31, 2013 - Ferry Crossing from Portsmouth to Bilbao

We finally sorted out insurance for Homer now he has a new registration number. £67.10 to change a few numbers and letters on a piece of paper – what a rip-off! We had a half hour drive from the Kingfisher campsite to the Ferry Terminal in Portsmouth and boarded quickly for our 12noon crossing – cost was €648.82 which we had booked on-line. Our ship is Cap Finistere and is a big boat with modern facilities. There are LOTS of caravans and motorhomes on board, all heading for the sun and warmth. David was happy to sit in the lounge and watch...

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