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Bill in Spain - BILBAO

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A February 2002 trip to Bilbao by billmoy

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Bill in Spain - BILBAO

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Overview

Bilbao Photo, Bilbao, Spain
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Opened to the public in 1997, the Guggenheim Museum is the "don't-miss" sight in Bilbao. The opening of this museum has singlehandedly lifted Bilbao out of its industrial doldrums and placed the city onto the itineraries of many intrepid world travellers. This building is basically one giant sculpture and is arguably one of the world's most exciting museums and architectural landmarks. The government powers of Bilbao have bankrolled various projects that have transformed the city from an aging industrial city to a modern metropolis. Being a vital port city, most of these projects are located alongside the central lifeline which is the river. Not only is the Guggenheim alongside the river, but a...Read More

Barcelo Nervion Hotel

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Hotel | "Barcelo Nervion"

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The Barcelo Nervion is on the north bank of the river, just east of the glorious Zubi Zuri footbridge designed by Santiago Calatrava. The hotel has 7 floors and 348 rooms, with the larger suites facing the river. The hotel opened in 1971, was recently renovated, and is regarded as the largest hotel in the Basque country. My standard room on a high floor did have a partial view of the Guggenheim, although I had to stand on a chair to enhance that particular view. Locals hanging laundry outside their balconies contributed to the quaintness of my room with a view. My room was comfortable and fairly spacious, though the bars of soap are small. The windows can be opened to provide some natural ventil...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 8, 2002

Barcelo Nervion Hotel
PASEO CAMPO VOLANTIN 11
Bilbao, Spain 48007
34 94 4454700

Siete Calles

Restaurant

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The "seven streets" of the "old town" of Bilbao are rather dead in the daytime although it is interesting to walk down them and look at the details of the old buildings. The area seems even gloomier if you are passing through on a typical rainy afternoon. They are virtually pedestrian streets, although you should watch out for the occasional passing vehicle. The energy level picks up well after sunset, as the locals go cruising by the various bars in this area. This is a good area to just pick a place that strikes your fancy, order a txacoli (tart white wine) and pick some pintxos (bar snacks, like tapas) to munch on. I know, I cannot pronounce these Basque words either, but my Castillian Spanis...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on March 13, 2002

Siete Calles
Casco Viejo
Bilbao, Spain

Zubi Zuri Footbridge

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Attraction

Zubi Zuri Footbridge Photo, Bilbao, Spain
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This spectacular steel and concrete footbridge (Zubi Zuri translated into "white bridge") was designed by the great Valencian architect Santiago Calatrava, who also designed the expansion of Bilbao's Sondika Airport and its control tower. This pedestrian-only bridge was opened in 1997. Since my hotel was on the north bank of the river, I crossed this bridge every day. You can access either end of the bridge by ramps or stairs, and the bridge is illuminated at night for dramatic effect. The paving of the bridge deck employs embedded strips of laminated glass, so walking across at nighttime is quite a sensory experience. The curved arc and the slender wires gives the bridge a graceful appearance, a...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 13, 2002

Zubi Zuri Footbridge
Campo Volantin
Bilbao, Spain

Guggenheim Museum

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Attraction

Guggenheim Museum Photo, Bilbao, Spain
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Opened to the public in 1997, the Guggenheim Museum (designed by now-world-famous architect Frank Gehry) has been prominently featured in television commercials and print ads because of its unusual design. Walking through the swirling interiors is quite a sensory experience, as the shapes and bumps of the building interact with the variety of modern artworks on display. The titanium-coated building is basically one giant sculpture itself and is arguably one of the world's most exciting museums and architectural landmarks. Gehry used a state-of-the art computer program which allowed his imagination to flow freely and create the silvery, slivery shapes. The front entrance is patrolled by a giant organic...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 8, 2002

Guggenheim Museum
Abandoibarra Et. 2
Bilbao, Spain

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