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NOW I read that it always rains all the time in north Spain. Should have read the literature before I guess. Ferry from Porthmouth to Bilbao was much cleaner and smarter than I expected. Now in Bilbao in a camping site that is actually closed except for the restaurant which is rather good. Not sure why they let us book? We are the only ones here and parked in the restaurant carpark. Which makes it handy for visiting. Been sitting here since 5 o'clock ...
... and hundreds of stacked hay or straw bales, until the country got greener nearer to Bilbao. The buses in Bilbao are called "Bilbobus" and river boats "Bilboat". Basque buses are called"Bizkaibus". They speak a different language here too-Basque, with more K, X and Zs. Many road signs, etc, are in two languages, Basque ...
There were two exhibits: George Braque and Yoko Ono. I think we all know who Yoko Ono is, but George Braque basically started the cubism movement with Pablo Picasso. Both of the shows were fantastic, even Yoko Ono's show. I really wanted to hate her show, but it just proved what a complex and sensitive person she is. She was doing performance art a good ten years before it ...
... pens and scraps of paper. Visitors were encouraged to
write down their wishes and hang them on the tree. My friend Sarah and I put up
one that said, "We wish for nothing because we have everything we need."
I got a delicious goat cheese and caramelized onion sandwich in the Guggenheim bistro
and a Basque cake. Mmm so good! Outside were two works by Jeff Koons-"Tulips"
and "The Puppy," which is a 60-foot tall statue of a puppy made of flowers,
... building was phenomenal; apparently, it houses a five-star hotel, which I feel Dennis was remiss not to book--as great as our dorm room was, I think a suite at the Marques de Riscal would have been better. Dennis had, however, booked a tour and tasting at the winery. Our tour was fantastic, with an excellent guide, very professional informational videos (yay videos!) and a lot of educational information about the Rioja wine-making process in particular.