La Casona de San Pantaleon de Aras
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So we took our first ever day trip to Bilbao. I learned where the bus station is and how to load the cards to get the bus tickets. The bus ride was just over an hour and it was the funniest thing ever. Cameron was sitting behind us and for the first 20 minutes was all excited and was like "wow! Dynamite!" to all the mountains we were passing and then I tried to sleep since we left at like 8 am and we didn't get too much sleep since we were all drinking the night before. Then Cameron asks ...
... to look again at the 45 columns that fascinate me. A quick coffee before returning to hotel. We are out again for the fireworks, best yet, and we watch from the bridge by the town hall, excellent viewpoint. We then walk to the stage by the Guggenheim to see the Bilbao Symphony Orchestra play with basque folk group Korronzi. Excellent music and two really good dancers, such stamina and precise, fast footwork, fantastic. We wander back along the river to the hotel by ...
... the bus depot. Since the streets were so crowded we walked the final block to our 3rd floor room contains 2 single beds and 1 double. There were a lot of people on the street and in the bars enjoying drinks and pintxos. Most places were full. We ended up in a Chinese restaurant where we enjoyed won ton soup, a beef dish, mixed rice and nutty chicken dish. Oh yeah we shared a pitcher of Sangria. The room cost is 20€ each per night. "The Camino is yours- Walk it as "You" see ...
After breakfast in Santillana we drove to Bilbao. We arrived at the hostel and found firemen throughout the foyer; we were a little concerned but it turned out the lift had stuck with people inside.
We went into Bilbao to explore; it was the final day of their summer fiesta so there was plenty of atmosphere; lots of people, music and activities. We headed to the old quarter to partake in Pinxtos; a small tapas, lots of ...
... on Spanish artists and the favourite area for both of us was the Basque artists.
From there we headed for the Plaza Nueva in the Old Town. We had walked through there after leaving the Basque Museum and it was crowded with families on their Sunday outing. It was not unexpected as with such high density living in Spain everyone must have a need to get out on the weekends. The plaza was all but empty when we returned which made us wonder why it ...