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The Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao

We woke in San Sebastian, caught the bus to Bilbao for a partial day trip before flying on to Barcelona in the afternoon. It was a long day of travel, but actually worked quite well.

Our only goal in traveling through Bilbao was to see the Guggenheim museum, Frank Gehry´s amazingly contorted, twisted and turned building. Bilbao is a larger city in the Basque country with a river running through it. You could spend a bit more time here, but for our purposes we just wanted to see the museum and catch our flight to Barcelona from here because the flight prices were better than from San Sebastian.

We continued our streak of beautiful weather and lots of sunshine. The bus trip from San Sebastian to Bilbao was less than 90 minutes, through the mountains and filled with beautiful scenery. Occaisonally the highway would pop out of the mountains and be right next to the sea which was awesome!

Once in Bilbao we were able to check our luggage at the bus station and catch the light rail tram to the Guggenheim. Wow, it is truly beautiful. Brian and I started by walking around the outside, taking tons of photos and enjoying all of the large sculptures and different views of the museum. Gehry wanted to invoke the river in his design and also wanted to incorporate the building into the landscape around Bilbao. The outside has a thin layer of titanium covering it, so it glows and shines in the sun. All of the stairs and accents are in limestone and add a beautiful complement.

Beautiful bridge next to the Guggenheim

Once inside we toured the museum´s exhibits, all of them, and enjoyed our time. Brian is not an art fan and since this museum contains only contemporary art, which is usually very strange and inaccessible, he had a great time laughing at some of the exhibits. That being said, there was a very interesting exhibit of Anesh Kapoor´s sculptures and a 100 year retrospective of Henri Rousseau which I enjoyed. In total we were only inside the museum for a bit over an hour.

We still had a few hours before our flight so we caught the tram to old town to get some lunch. After walking through all of old town and not finding a place for lunch that interested us, we saw a Pollo Rico and decided to buy a roasted chicken, some fries and cokes and sit in the sun on the plaza. It was a delicious lunch and though we got a bit greasy, we relaxed and enjoyed ourselves.

After our terrible Vueling flight to Sevilla I was a bit scared to I chose the Irish solution and decided to drink some beers before the flight. Despite the fact that I travel a ton, I am not a great plane passenger, turbulence makes me very nervous. I was worried about taking another turbulent flight, but the beers helped and the pilot was much better and we made it smoothly to Barcelona!

Once we got checked into our room we realized how exhausted we were, so we went next door and picked up a pizza and some garlic bread and ate it in the lounge of the hotel with some beers. What a great night!

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The Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao
The Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao
Beautiful bridge next to the Gugge…
Beautiful bridge next to the Gugg…
Notice the bridge that separates t…
Notice the bridge that separates …
Large dog sculpture made of flowers
Large dog sculpture made of flowers
View of Bilbao
View of Bilbao
The drinks bar at Hotel Continental
The drinks bar at Hotel Continental
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