A close up view of one wing of the Guggenheim Museum. Designed by Frank Gehry, the museum is said to be "at once avant-garde and true to Bilbao's past, incorporating the anatomy of a fish and the upturned hull of a boat (fishing has always been a mainstay of the Bilbao and wider Basque economy). Rising up from the riverbank that it overlooks, the Guggenheim's rippling titanium shields evoke the scales of a fish."
Portugal and Spain April 23rd 2005 After leaving Porto Venere and the Five Villages, we spent three days cruising through the Mediterranean until we popped out into the Atlantic Ocean through the Straits of Gibraltar. It's a strange experience to stand on the deck of a ship and look at Europe on the right and Africa on the left. They are only 15 miles apart at the Straits. What a way to learn geography! The Rock of Gibraltar is ... read more
Europe » Portugal » Lisbon & Tagus Valley » Lisbon Following its heyday as a world power during the 15th and 16th centuries, Portugal lost much of its wealth and status with the destruction of Lisbon in a 1755 earthquake, occupation during the Napoleonic Wars, and the independence in 1822 of Brazil a... ... read more