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Avilés, Asturias, Spain

The photograph below is of a colourful bridge which is the second part of the direct pedestrian access to the Centro Niemeyer from Avilés town and which we used in the afternoon. Another (curved) walkway leading to a small park (once you cross the railway and the road on shore) lies behind. We used that one to get to the town in the morning:-

Colourful Bridge, Avilés, Asturias, Spain

View of buildings in Avilés taken from the from same vantage point as the photo above. There were men precariously at work on the roof of the building which has blue sheeting on its gable! (just to left of centre of photo.):-

Avilés From Bridge to Town

Balconies were a feature of lots of buildings in Avilés. Also spot the street sculpture in the roadway below the yellow/mustard coloured building and the mural beyond:-

Balconies, Sculpture and Gable-end Mural

As we were walking through the town a local heard us speaking English and kindly directed us to an example of what is apparently a traditional kind of Asturian building. On wooden stilts! It was the only one of its kind we saw though:-

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Avilés has lots of old buildings like this church, Parroquia de San Nicolás de Bari de Avilés:-

Panorama of Church

The City Hall is much more recent though:-

City Hall, Avilés

Vizcaya Transporter Bridge, Getxo

The coach trip to Bilbao had taken us through Getxo itself and given us a brief view of the Vizcaya Transporter Bridge, a UNESCO-listed Industrial Revolution icon, which carries people over the Ria Nervión between Las Arenas and Portugalete. Turning the corner of Getxo promenade takes you onto the riverside with a great view of the bridge:-

Vizcaya Bridge, Getxo

Closer view:-

Vizcaya Bridge, Getxo

I took a couple of videos of the bridge in operation. A gondola slung from the supports is the means of transportation. (Click on the pictures to take you to the videos.)

Vizcaya Transporter Bridge in Operation

Vizcaya Bridge, Getxo in Operation

Compare the Tees Transporter Bridge at Middlesbrough.

End-on view of Vizcaya Bridge from Getxo:-

Vizcaya Bridge, Getxo, End-on

Nice square and fountain as seen in above photo but this time from the bridge ramp:-

Fountain, Getxo

More Views From Aretxbaleta Bidea, Above Bilbao

From the ridge at Aretxbaleta Bidea looking in the opposite direction to Bilbao you can see right over to the city’s airport – off to the left of this photo of a distant bridge:-

Distant Bridge Near Bilbao

In the park area at the top of the ridge is this sculpture. For obvious reasons it’s called “The Fingerprint” whether officially or informally I don’t know:-

Fingerprint  Sculpture, Aretxbaleta Bidea

Looking towards south Bilbao:-

Towards South Bilbao

Looking towards north Bilbao:-

Towards North Bilbao

Even further north:-

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Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, Exterior Exhibits

There are external and internal exhibits at the Guggenheim.

The steel spheres are Tall Tree and The Eye by Anish Kapoor. They are surrounded here by FOG, an installation by Fujiko Nakaya. The mist switches on every so often:-

Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, FOG and Reflections

The giant spider (Maman) protecting her clutch of eggs is by Louise Bourgeois:-

Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao FOG + Spider Sculpture

Salbeko Zubia Bridge, Bilbao, FOG and Spider:-

Salbeko Zubia Bridge, Bilbao, FOG and Spider

Tulips by Jeff Koons:-

Jeff Koons Tulips, Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao

Tulips, Salbeko Zubia Bridge in background:-

Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao + Bridge

Puppy by Jeff Koons. A giant West Highland Terrier covered in flowers. The flowers bloom at different times of the year so the exhibit is always changing. From Museum:-

Jeff Koons Puppy,  Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao

Puppy, museum in background:-

Jeff Koons Puppy, Front

Puppy and museum:-

Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao  and Koons Puppy

Queensferry Crossing (vii)

Three bridges panorama from Rosyth:-

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Close-up from Rosyth:-

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On quayside at Rosyth, box girders awaiting placement in New Forth Road Bridge:-

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Queensferry Crossing (vi)

Photos taken on 3/6/2016.

North and central cable stay towers from South Queensferry. First Forth Road Bridge to right:-

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South cable stay tower:-
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Southern approach pillar and cable stay tower:-
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Gap between southern approach pillar and cable stay tower portion – still unfilled 7 months later:-
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First Forth Road Bridge with Queensferry Crossing behind:-
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Northern approach pillar – section now joined to north cable stay tower section:-
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Northern cable stay tower from North Queensferry:-
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Central and southern cable stay towers from North Queensferry:-
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Bakewell, Derbyshire

We moved on to Bakewell, Derbyshire, where we had sampled the pudding (or tart) in 2011.

There’s a lovely mediaeval bridge there over the River Wye:-

Bakewell, Derbyshire

The river was teeming with what looked like trout the day we were there last May. A small weir just upstream prevented them from getting further I think:-

Bakewell, Fish in River Wye

The War Memorial is placed on what is now a roundabout in the centre of town:-

Bakewell War Memorial

Audley End

The reason we swung by Saffron Walden again was to take a look at Audley End which we couldn’t fit in last time.

Audley End has been described as one of the finest Jacobean houses in England.

Audley End

The hedge on the left above is a curious looking feature:-

Hedge, Audley End

Hedge Audley End, from House

Audley End, Hedge

House Entrance:-

Audley End, Entrance to House

Audley End’s grounds were laid out by Capability Brown – as these two photos – showing diffrent bridges – would suggest:-

Second Bridge, Audley End

Landscaped Bridge, Audley End

During World War 2 the house was a training centre for the Polish contingent of the Special Operation Executive (SOE.) This memorial to the 108 members who died as a result of their service lies in the grounds to the front right of the house:-

Audley End Polish SOE Memorial

Forth Bridges from Distance

All three bridges as seen from Dunfermline:-

Forth Bridges from Dunfermline

From grounds of Dunfermline Abbey, bridges in distance on middle left, Dunfermline Great War Memorial to right:-

Forth Bridges and Dunfermline War Memorial

Zoom on Forth bridges from Dunfermline Abbey:-

Forth Bridges from Dunfermline Abbey

Ceres Scenes

The village green, called the Bow Butts, taken from the site of the Bannockburn Monument:-

Bow Butts, Ceres

Ceres old bridge, from the car park:-

Ceres Old Bridge 1

Ceres Old Bridge 2

Ceres Old Bridge 3

Ceres Burn from the old bridge:-

Ceres Burn

A folly (to the left of the bridge, above):-

Ceres Folly

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