Monday, 26 November 2012

Bilbao, Spain

Bilbao is part of The Spanish Basque Country and just a short journey from the UK.
Last month we hopped on a plane for a week of exploring the area.
It's renowned for it's beauty, drink and of course food!
We wondered the pedestrianised streets, nipping in and out of little stores until we got peckish.
There are independent bars on every street, so the premise is to pop into one that takes your fancy.

Order yourself a glass of wine and grab a couple of Pintxos; Basque for tapas.
They're around €3-€8 each and they're designed for you to graze all day.
You can get meat, fish, bread, Spanish omelette, whatever you like! 
Everyone in The Basque Country does this, and I for one think this is the perfect way to live.
Maybe even take a little siesta...

We grew accustomed to the Basque way very quickly and wondered the the streets until it got dark.
Then the place really comes to life.
More wine, more Pintxos and even more wine.

The next morning we visited a bakery we had spotted the day before for Breakfast.
There are rows upon rows of pastries, bread, cream buns and macaroons. 

I went for a croissant and hot chocolate.
Hot, thick pure chocolate to dip your buttery pastry into.

Next, we visited the Guggenheim Museum.
Every tour book, website and word of mouth suggests to visit this intrinsically designed building.
Designed by Canadian-American architect Frank Gehry, it really is a sight to behold. 
There is not one straight wall to the main part of this building, and this is really impressive to find out about once inside (sorry, no photos were allowed.)

No offence, Gehry, but the interior is less than inspiring.
Modern art including a room four times as large as my apartment with empty pine kitchen units and a closed off floor for maintenance.
I don't know about you, but I'm more of a fine art and photography kind of girl.
Don't let this put you off, the exhibits do change a lot.
Maybe you'll get a bit more luck with your visit.