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Published: July 23rd 2013
Take off the spires on top, and this place looks identical to Notre Dame in Paris. Makes sense - French architects started the place.
Absolutely massive lightning storm last night, but made for a nice morning - smelled fresh, like rain. Spent the morning mainly down at the Cathedral. And honestly, it was nice, but there was something I just didn't like about it. I can't quite put my finger on it, but mainly it just seemed too nicely put together. Like all of the character had been rubbed out of it, and all the tourists were given this cleanly scrubbed thing on a platter, just to look at, but not touch. There just wasn't any life there - which is ironic considering the church is something like a 1000 years old. Leave things be I say. Not everything is better cleaned up.
Lingered in Burgos until around 2ish, when I caught yet another bus North, for the 3 hour or so ride to Bilbao. Another incredibly scenic ride. This time, rather than the plains between Leon and Burgos, you drive down winding roads, through quaint towns, often follow some river, and suddenly are going through what seem like mountains (although coming from Colorado, I'd call them foothills). And then, about an hour outside of Bilbao, you hit Basque Country, and it's more truly
German architects put on the spires, and from here it looks like Cologne Cathedral. A weird hodgepodge.
mountainous and, today at least, very overcast and rainy. It was honestly just like going up I-70 to the Eisenhower Tunnel. Eerily the same. Pulled in at Bilbao around 5ish.
I then quickly checked in, literally threw my bags in the room, and set off for the greatest sight in Bilbao, the Guggenheim Museum along the Nervion River. This is undoubtedly one of the most masterful Modern buildings in the world. It's the type of place travelers centuries from now will come to see. It's a Frank Gehry building, and is honestly too hard to describe. You'll have to look at the photos. The building just twists and winds, and for some reason you occasionally feel dizzy inside, like the stairs are slipping away. You find yourself grabbing onto the railings inside the Guggenheim for no real reason. Truly glad I came here.
Afterwards had a hard time finding an easy dinner. Sometimes, you just want it to be simple: take away the language barrier, order exactly what you want, and then just move on. But, in Spain, that's usually pretty hard to find.
Tomorrow I go a little down the coast to the beautiful town of
Very Literal Art
This shows the Tree of Jesse, or Christ's lineage. A tree literally sprouts from Jesse. Can't get any clearer than that.
Santillana del Mar, and see the cave paintings at Altamira. Been looking forward to this for a long time.
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