Situated in the Basque region of Spain, Bilbao is a newly rejuvenated city that has housed the Guggenheim Museum since 1997. After the museum was built, the city saw a large increase in tourism and developed itself as a city dedicated to the arts. The overall structure and design of the museum is an incredible piece of artwork in itself and cannot be missed while strolling through that part of town. Many people think that the building is better to look at than the art inside!
|Near the entrance|
|Facing some of the city from the museum|
We looked at a lot of the pieces inside and many of them were... interesting. The desk turned over on its side with a cabinet glued to it really inspired us to start gluing items from our house together :/ Was there more to it that we just didn't see? Did he not have enough room in his house to have them coexist separately? (Unfortunately we could not take pictures inside, only snagged the one below when no one was looking)
|Lori & Jon having fun in one of the larger exhibits|
|No more stairs!|
|The skies opened up one minute later.|
|Pintxos in Bilbao|
|A small pintxos bar in Bilbao.|
|Pintxos bar in San Sebastian.|
Since it was POURING we hopped into the aquarium to dry off.
We drove back to Bilbao and walked around the old town. It was about 6:00pm on a Sunday evening so a lot of the stores were closed, but we enjoyed looking at the old buildings and churches. We ducked into a small pintxos bar, had a couple bottles of wine with some pintxos, laughed, cried, and enjoyed each others company. We are thrilled that we were able to spend the day in the Basque region of Spain. Despite the rain we were able to explore two great cities, experience a different language (Basque), and eat some of the best food we had on our entire trip!
|A lot of ham!|
|A nice street in Bilbao|
A short flight back to Barcelona, and a good nights sleep prepared us for the next day and our next stop, Valencia!