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October 24th 2008
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Sunset at San SebSunset at San SebSunset at San Seb

one of those moments you needed a picnic and a place to sit with a loved one, loads of people watch the sunset out to sea, very relaxing
Following the demise of Fenlands i decided to start getting some more travelling done and started with a week in the Basque country in sept.

To begin with i spent 3 nights in Bilbao, my little hotel was right next to a bar called Bilbao Beer,(always a good sign), this is where i finished all three nights with visits in between.(many brain cells destroyed)!

The main reason to come to Bilbao was to see the Guggenheim musesum and travel to San Sebastian.

The museum is amazing , at least from the outside, not worth ten euros to go inside and see a handful of modern art items.

My Favourite thing about Bilbao was the Pinxtos, food on a stick, not free but really good and easy to order, just point!

I was struck by how Green and cloudy and wet northern spain is, not at all like the south.

i loved it but felt guilty for sending to aussies i met in San Sebastian there on a sunday, theres nothing open in Spain on a sunday, they work so hard they need a day off!

San Sebastian is an amazing setting, a horse shoe

Me and Ossie, aka the duck from Ballygally castle, on the hill overlooking Bilbao, cloudy and Green, very unspanish.
bay with two peaks either side and a beautiful beach.
More touristy, expensive and busier than Bilbao and i didnt think the Pinxtos were as good as Bilbao.

However at the weekend the old town is mad, very busy and unlike the rest of spain they seriously like to drink, beer and Cider mainly. no Sangria up here!

i was sorry to leave and go home via Barriatz in france, very clean , polite, organised and more expensive!

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Spider outside El GoogSpider outside El Goog
Spider outside El Goog

The biggest attraction in Bilbao is El Goog or the Guggenheim museum. This is spider outside, reminded me of Shelob from Lord of the rings
El PoopEl Poop
El Poop

The Puppy made of flowers, went well with the modern building behind it and made me chuckle
El GoogEl Goog
El Goog

This was my favourite view, it was really hard to get a handle on the strange shape of the building, was genuinely over awed when i stood and looked up at this angle
El GoogEl Goog
El Goog

the whole thing is covered mith shiny metal to look like the skin of a fish, Gehry is a genius
El GoogEl Goog
El Goog

when the sun shines on the metal it does look quite magical
El GoogEl Goog
El Goog

This view makes it look like a big sliver fish as Gehry intended or a big strange boat!
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victor Morientes

fantastic collection of bottles around the place,pinxtos were ok but nothing special
Basque FlagBasque Flag
Basque Flag

saw quite a view of these, reminded you of the recent history of the place

i think my favourite tapas , quality wise was from Bilbao, easy to order too since all you had to do was point
Cafe bilbaoCafe bilbao
Cafe bilbao

prob the best pinxtos/food in all of spain, and in a fantastic place!
More PinxtosMore Pinxtos
More Pinxtos

this was a trendy place with Czech lager in the old town, on the bar were also little dishes of snails, yum, not!
Bilbao by nightBilbao by night
Bilbao by night

a very untouristy place, i enjoyed bilbao although there isnt much to do, felt quite gentile
San Seb BaySan Seb Bay
San Seb Bay

the view from one of the two hills, pic doesnt do it justice
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San Seb

Fantastic beach, Barca;s is a cat box in comparison
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San Seb

there was something quite sad yet noble about this fella in his little beret selling snails, a quiet dignity
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San Seb

the side of San Seb where the surfers go before the weather toke a turn for the better. still pretty cool though
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2008 cider festival

3 euros for a glass then walk round 49 stands!, couple of stands doing baguettes to soak up the hooch
Pouring ciderPouring cider
Pouring cider

from a height to create bubbles, quite nice but my belly was feeling it after two hours of cider tasting
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cider Festival

it was packed, quite a battle to get to the stands

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