Tag Archives: Basque

Euro 2020 Quarter Final 1 – Spain v Switzerland

Now it starts to get serious. Three wins away from becoming European champions. Both these nations needed extra time to go through, with Switzerland also needing penalties to defeat favourites France. The match takes place in St Petersburg. Spain Many Basques do not consider themselves as Spanish. The language & culture are certainly much removed […]

Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao

Monday Morning Blues – River Nervión, Bilbao, Spain

The River Nervión and the Guggenheim Museum feature for this week’s Monday Morning Blues. This shot was taken on a gorgeous day at the end of October.

Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao

My Top Fifteen Spanish Cities – 9 to 7

Continuing my countdown having already covered numbers ten to fifteen (10. Toledo 11. Cadiz 12. Vitoria-Gasteiz 13. Palma, 14. Denia & 15. Malaga). Number Nine – Madrid The fact that the modern day capital is relatively low on the list says more about how lucky Spain is to have so many great cities than it […]

My Top Fifteen Spanish Cities – 12 to 9

Continuing my countdown having already covered numbers ten to twelve (Palma, Denia & Malaga). Number Ten – Vitoria-Gasteiz The lovely Basque city is an hour’s bus journey from Big Brother Bilbao, to which we ventured as a side trip from the biggest city in the Basque region. A modern tram whisked us the few stops […]

A Few Hours In Vitoria & Basque Football, Spain

Vitoria-Gasteiz, Basque Region, Spain My friend reminded me that it is four years ago that we paid a wonderful visit to the Basque region of Spain. I am therefore re-posting my blogs from that long weekend trip. As we had plenty of time over the next two days to explore the rest of Bilbao, we […]

Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao

Blessed Bilbao

Bilbao, October 2016 My friend reminded me that it is four years ago that we paid a wonderful visit to the Basque region of Spain. I am therefore re-posting my blogs from that long weekend trip. I had been to many areas of Spain (starting with an infamous ’83 trip to Benidorm), but never the […]

Viva Vitoria

Continuing our long weekend in Bilbao……… As we had plenty of time over the next two days to explore the rest of Bilbao, we decided upon side trip. San Sebastián was the most obvious choice, but we plumped for the ‘third’ Spanish Basque city of Vitoria-Gasteiz. Return bus tickets cost us €12 each for the […]

Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao

Blessed Bilbao

I had been to many areas of Spain (starting with an infamous ’83 trip to Benidorm), but never the Basque region. In my youth I only knew of the violent separist movement who wanted independence for the region that straddles Northern Spain and Southern France. In relatively modern times it was the Guggenheim Museum and […]

Basque Derby

I made it to my first Spanish League Premier game on Sunday for the match between Athletic Club Bilbao and Osasuna. I have always had a soft spot for Bilbao ever since discovering that they only have players playing for them that are born in the Basque Region, an area give or take, the size […]