Our view of Bilbao from the camper-stop
We took the bus down to the city and got off somewhere near the centre. Our aim was to get to see the Guggenheim Museum but without a map we were, at first, unsure which direction to take. A Spanish lady took us in hand. She could see we were unsure which way to go so she took us quite a long way in the right direction and as we went she was pointing out places to see and what were the local delicacies we should try. She was on the way to a meeting but our care seemed to come first and she even phoned her boss to say she was running a little late. She left us so we wandered around the old town area and after visiting the cathedral we had coffees in a very nice cafe and I impressed myself by being able to remember how to order a white and a black coffee in Spanish.
Our reason for stopping at Bilbao was to see the Guggenheim and I think neither of us expected to be visiting such a beautiful, clean, modern city but with its fair share of magnificent older buildings. Overnight the wind had been blowing quite strongly and I was woken once by the rain hitting the roof of the motorhome. We were dressed accordingly but by midday the clouds had gone and the many signs around the city were showing that the temperature was 27 degrees and later on those in the sun showed 28 degrees. The awful overnight crossing has been totally forgotten.
After a very nice lunch in a deli / cafe we got to the reason for being at Bilbao. The building is magnificent and outside is the entrance is a giant dog which is a planter that is covered all over with pansies. Elaine and I have been to the Tate Modern in London and thoroughly enjoyed our visit there. During our last travels we were mesmerized when we visited the Dali Museum in Figueres. The museum building here is a masterpiece and inside you could only wonder how someone could have the vision to design such a futuristic structure.. There were some rooms and exhibits that impressed but tell me I have no artistic understanding if you want but I have never seen such rubbish being seriously displayed as high art. I got a serious telling off from a guard because I took this picture so I could put it on my blog to show you what I am talking about. I will always be happy to admit when I am wrong so if anybody can tell me why I should think differently then please message me.
Washing machines and cookers with graffiti???
We walked back towards our bus stop all along the river which took us behind the Guggenheim and the picture will show why we were so impressed with the design of the building.
Tomorrow we will leave this camper-stop and Elaine has been busily planning our route. Blogs will not normally come as fast as this but I am taking advantage of the good WiFi signal we are getting here.