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I'd made up my a while ago that the Guggenheim Museumin Bilbao was a must, so I found a fantastic site looking down on the city from whence I write this post.
The weather has been horrendous for the last 2 days, Wet, cold and windy. I had to wait until 3pm yesterday before I dared to venture out of the van to catch the bus into Bilbao.
Despite repeated ...
... s one reason most people go to Bilbao, and that is to see the amazing Guggenheim museum and we where no different but didn't expect to see it quite so soon. We took the slip road off the motorway and bam! There it was. Usually on a motorway slip road there might be a sign, perhaps a couple of trees and some good old McDonalds litter, not in Bilbao, you have the crazy gorgeous Guggenheim in all it's shiny glory shouting at you while you try not to run into the back of the car ...
... someone around your home town, A four hour walking tour. We were exhausted.
Of course, on our only full day in Bilbao, we had to go to the Guggenheim. It was a very good Guggenheim. But we only had access to two of the three floors as there was a change over. The Jeff Koons Puppy was being reflowered, so we didn't really get to see that either.
Obviously after lunch it was time for a siesta. Our room was right ...
... quite beautiful. He was a good friend of Picasso.
On the third floor was the current exhibition by Yoko Ono who was an artist in her own right but I don't think she would have been as famous if it wasn't for John Lenin.
She had some bizarre ideas for art, eg: A man and a woman walk on stage with a large bag that they get into and then they undress, then dress again, get out of the bag and walk off stage!
Another one was a video clip of Yoko sitting ...
... of our day: Herederos del Marques de Riscal, one of Spain's oldest wineries (dating from 1860) and the first to introduce French techniques to Spanish grapes. Today, the winery is a full complex that dubs itself "The City of Wine" and is also distinguished by its hallmark building, a Frank Gehry design whose wine-colored "ribbons" of steel cascade down its limestone sides. (Gehry, who also designed the Guggenheim, was the theme of our day, I suppose.)