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BILBAO, SPAIN

There's more than a museum here!

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After the rockiest sea day we have had in the past 4 1/2 months (not too bad!!! see below) we sailed up the river to Bilbao, Spain, a perfectly beautiful city, reclaimed from industrial squalor and grime through a concerted and determined endeavor that brought the Guggenheim Museum here and built it on the site of an old iron warehouse. Now the warehouse and docks are gone - and power and predominance of iron are incarnated in the Richard Serra sculptures of rolled steel that fill one of the museum galleries.

In the morning we took a funicular to the top of a "mountain" above and looked down on the museum that has changed this city and, in fact, changed the whole Basque Country, converting it to a region of beauty and artistic encouragement and gracious living. The huge museum complex is actually quite small, nestled beside the river in the center of the photo below. After lunch on the mountain top and a walk through the old city (cathedral locked up tight - again), we got dressed up and went to the Museum for a grand extravaganza of events. We were welcomed by a local band and then given an excellent tour of the collections and the current Jenny Holzer show. As our guide spoke, the sound of a string trio echoed through the museum's various soaring spaces. What a treat to be at a private opening of the museum! We could walk through those huge Serra scrolls and feel their dizzying effect without a crush of tourists around us. During the grand dinner with grand wines and grand flowers on the tables, a Basque youth choir sang for us and an acrobat twirled overhead. As we left, huge lighted puppets danced in the plaza. large_687275b0-7625-11e9-984c-e57dc115e9de.jpglarge_c171f7d0-7625-11e9-984c-e57dc115e9de.jpglarge_d7916b90-7625-11e9-984c-e57dc115e9de.jpglarge_7ec0e8b0-7625-11e9-984c-e57dc115e9de.jpglarge_18abf1a0-7625-11e9-984c-e57dc115e9de.jpglarge_69aa8080-7625-11e9-984c-e57dc115e9de.jpglarge_07459920-7625-11e9-984c-e57dc115e9de.jpglarge_7310a5e0-7621-11e9-acd0-db183ba41098.jpglarge_a14ebbf0-7625-11e9-984c-e57dc115e9de.jpglarge_6b066700-7625-11e9-984c-e57dc115e9de.jpglarge_ba8051b0-7625-11e9-984c-e57dc115e9de.jpglarge_c26a6190-7625-11e9-984c-e57dc115e9de.jpg
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Posted by HopeEakins 09:11 Archived in Spain

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