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... of activity but the kitchen only opens at 8.30! Went to the Guggenheim by metro yesterday. Both quite prepared not to like it but it was very impressive. Both the building and some of the installations (Paul as usual not that impressed with modern art, but did like the engineering sculptures). The Guggenheim did manage to loose my raincoat for an hour though. And as I could not remember any brand name (Warehouse, what did I expect?) colour, or what was ...
Today we left the resort town of San Sebastián and headed down the coast towards a Basque wine region which on the hillsides just above the ocean. They say that the salty mist, flavors their wine in away that other grapes cannot match. Tastes like wine to me. But it's a good story . . . We followed the coast line and witnessed giant waves from the Atlantic pounding the rocks. We've seen large waves during high surf warnings in Santa Cruz, but these guys were way larger and ...
Bilbao is the capital of Basque Country, or in Spanish, País Vasco. There are actually four national languages in Spain. Gallego is spoken in NW Spain in a region called Galicia. Catalán, which is spoken in Cataluña with Barcelona as the capital. Castellano or Castilian, what we simply call Spanish is spoken throughout the country. And finally, Vasco or Basque, spoken in basque country.
When Francisco Franco was in power from 1939 until his death in 1975, he ...
... and I explored it from top to bottom. Some of the more
interactive exhibits were very interesting and I enjoyed those-such as "The
Matter of Time" by Richard Serra, which featured giant steel structures (up to
340 ft long!) that curve and warp in weird ways as you walk through them. It's
supposed to make you a little dizzy, disoriented and feel as though you're in
an abstract world, free of conventional straight lines. The whole second floor
was dedicated ...
... on the really old bottles are too brittle, so to open them (like when they opened a 1929 bottle to fete Gehry, since that is his birth year), they have to heat a pair of tongs, apply the tongs to the neck of the bottle, and then splash cold water on the bottle's neck to force it to break open. Pretty nifty. Another highlight was the bottle aging area, where the winery can age up to 7.6 million bottles at a time before release to the public.
The wine ...