Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Bilbao - Tuesday

It was a hot night last night, most places don't have ac so just open up the windows and hope a breeze comes along.  Eventually it did cool down, but the hot night day and night left us all a little lethargic.  No matter.  The town to explore.
We wandered to the Old City which was similar to San Sebastián, old churches, narrow roads, dense living.  The style of architecture here in Bilbao is different. Whilst some is similar to San Sebastián, there is a mixture of modern, Art Deco, French style and downright ugly.

The plaza is quite nice, apartments above, pintxo bars below overlooking the Plaza.

This church was very bright and fresh inside.
We then went into the markets, advertised as the largest, undercover market in the northern hemisphere. We all think we have seen much bigger and more impressive markets over here.

Our main feature of the day was the Guggenheim museum.  It is modern, different, a spectacular building, with great external displays for everybody to enjoy.

The floral display of the dog is fantastic. Bendigo could do something like this in the spot where Marilyn was. It would look great.

Some of the internal displays were very good, others were a little underwhelming.  Plenty of Picasso's and a Andy Warhol display.  Not a great fan of Andy's work.

Outside, we could see the weather had turned and rain was heading our way.  Took a punt on getting to the funicular railway to take us up to the top for a look over the city. 770m long, up 226m.
We made it with a few minutes to spare before it bucketed down. 

At least we were dry, but the view wasn't too good.

It only cost 85cents each way, so if we have time tomorrow, we might have another go.
Back to our apartment for afternoon siesta.  This holiday caper can be tiring!


  1. HI Leanne, seen pictures of the museum before but looks very interesting.
    Just to let you know its been bucketing down here with another 61mls in our rain gauge. Still raining. H

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