Hotel Holiday Inn Bilbao
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... arrived home to find the fridge stocked, house aired, bunting , banners and by complete coincidence, a vase of happy sunflowers ! Thanks Mrs B x
So that's it . All over. What a blast ! Muchisimas gracias España. Hasta la próxima xxx
Finally, to John, as Ernest Hemingway said 'Never take a trip with someone you don't love'
No worries there xx
... a chicken salad with celery, pickles, and onions.
After lunch, we spent the rest of the afternoon at the Guggenheim museum, designed by
Frank Gehry. It is a pretty interesting looking building. Everyone here
worships it and calls it the most beautiful building in the world but I think
it looks rather strange. Then again, I'm not really a fan of modern
architecture...or modern art for that matter. The whole museum was filled with
modern art, ...
... at the end of the tour was the main highlight, though--we really enjoy Rioja wine. Since we weren't staying at the extravagant hotel, we had to get back in our car and leave the beautiful winery. We drove two hours up from the winery's valley, through the mountains, and then dropped, quickly, to sea level and our next destination.
Gato Tally: 517 (we didn't see any in Bilbao; the new cat was actually spotted by Dennis in Barcelona, but he refused to include it in his last ...
... bed in the shape of a 3D dog. They change the types of flowers 4 times a year to go with the different seasons. We decided to go into the museum. It was not at all what I was expecting. It was strange and original and fun at the same time. There were only the exhibits of two artists but we spend a good couple of hours in there. The rooms not only played with your sense of vision, but also your sense of smell and hearing too. It was so neat. Things hanging from the ceiling, ...
... good natter with them before cracking open the wine!
Day 4 we awoke to gale force winds. We had a quick check of the forecast and it seemed they would be getting even stronger the following day... So we left Itxaspe a day early and headed off in the winds, over the mountains to Ruiloba. On the way we saw a Pyrenean Mountain dog watching his flock... well we were in the Pyrenees!! He was GORGEOUS, I want one!!