Tag Archives: Bilbao

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.

The Bridges of Europe – Part One, Southern Europe

Korinth (Corinth), Greece The Corinth Canal in Greece is an incredible feat of engineering and was once an important navigational route which allowed ships to enter the Aegean Sea. Carved through the isthmus at sea level, the canal is 6.4 km long with a width of only 25 metres. Impossible for modern ships to go through, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao

A-Z April Challenge (Cities Visited) – B For Bilbao

Continuing the challenge with day 2, the Basque city of Bilbao. Bilbao Situated in the North of Spain close to the border with France, Bilbao is like no other Spanish city I had ever visited. The language is totally different for a start and the people definitely see themselves as Basque first and Spanish second. […]

The Bridges of Europe – Part Two, Southern Europe

Korinth (Corinth) The Corinth Canal in Greece is an incredible feat of engineering and was once an important navigational route which allowed ships to enter the Aegean Sea. Carved through the isthmus at sea level, the canal is 6.4 km long with a width of only 25 metres. Impossible for modern ships to go through, 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 […]