Friday, May 19, 2017

Finally Bilbao

We had contemplated visiting Bilbao during our first trip to Spain circa 2000. Back then the Frank Gehry designed Guggenheim was new and all the rage. Finally in 2017, we are here. While we enjoyed walking around the inside and outside of the building, the same could not be said of the exhibit, neither their permanent collection, nor their temporary show on abstract expressionism. There is so much subjectivity, I found it disturbing....

Otherwise, Bilbao seems rather prosperous. For only ~350, 000 population, their extensive public transportation system, metro, train, bus, tram, made us green with envy.

Over the years, especially in South America, we had carried out countless transactions via the bank BBVA. It finally occurred us walking around in Bilbao that BBVA must be from Bilbao. We shocked ourselves by own ignorance and lack of curiosity, something we work hard to eschew. Apparently we are not vigilant enough. FYI it's Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria.

We ride the tram from the bus station into Centro.
Bilbao, Spain

Bilbao, Spain

We get off the tram just across the river from the marvelous art Nouveau Santander Train Station.
Bilbao, Spain

First: We walk along the river to the Bilbao Guggenheim.
Bilbao, Spain

Approaching the Guggenheim.
Guggenheim Museum - Bilbao, Spain

Guggenheim Museum - Bilbao, Spain

Guggenheim Museum - Bilbao, Spain

Technically, the only photos allowed in the Guggenheim are of the building (inside and out); no photos of the art.
Guggenheim Museum - Bilbao, Spain

Guggenheim Museum - Bilbao, Spain

Guggenheim Museum - Bilbao, Spain

Guggenheim Museum - Bilbao, Spain

My head popping out of a balcony. ;-)
Guggenheim Bilbao - Bilbao, Spain

Here are shots of two "installations".
Guggenheim Bilbao - Bilbao, Spain

Guggenheim Museum - Bilbao, Spain

The exterior, made of titanium and limestone, is quite famous.
Guggenheim Bilbao - Bilbao, Spain

Guggenheim Bilbao - Bilbao, Spain

Guggenheim Museum - Bilbao, Spain

Guggenheim Museum - Bilbao, Spain

Guggenheim Museum - Bilbao, Spain

In Bilbao we head our first taste of Basque hard cider - tasty!
Bilbao, Spain

Main square in the Old Town.
Bilbao, Spain

Theater exits.
Bilbao, Spain

The 2nd day, before our train, we headed to the very cool Cultural Center, which features a swimming pool with a glass bottom on the top floor.
Bilbao, Spain

And we see the BBVA building on the way. A palace, no?
Bilbao, Spain

And the modernista Teatro Campos ElĂ­seos.
Bilbao, Spain

The Cultural Center.
Bilbao, Spain

Guggenheim Bilbao - Bilbao, Spain

Culture Center - Bilbao, Spain

Bilbao, Spain

Bilbao, Spain

We leave Bilbao from Atxuri Station.
Bilbao, Spain







2 comments:

Crash Eddy said...

Are the blank photo frames due to censoring? Because you took photos of art although prohibited?

john said...

Ed, Thanks for the report....I can view all the photos in the Bilbao post just fine from my end. Hmmm. I just made sure they are all "public"...Can you try again and let me know what happened? Thanks much! -john