Posted in Architecture, Art Deco, Cruise, Trips at 10:00 on 22 February 2017
By the riverside on our approach to the Vizcaya Transporter Bridge I spotted this beauty:-
The doorway had some fine detailing:-
This port/marina building is also in the deco/moderne style. Spot two ships’ funnels behind it:-
Closer view. It’s like an 1930s airport tower only with porthole windows:-
Reverse view looking back to Getxo. Those “English” buildings are prominent to the upper left. The main part of Getxo itself is off to the right:-
There was another Fred. Olsen line ship docked at the same time as ours, the Boudicca. Both are seen here from the pier approach:-
SS Black Watch. The bow has a very angled rake:-
Posted in Bridges, Cruise, Trips at 19:59 on 20 February 2017
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:-
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.)
Compare the Tees Transporter Bridge at Middlesbrough.
End-on view of Vizcaya Bridge from Getxo:-
Nice square and fountain as seen in above photo but this time from the bridge ramp:-
Posted in Architecture, Cruise, Trips at 10:00 on 19 February 2017
In the afternoon we had a chance to take a walk around Getxo (pronounced Get-zho.)
View from jetty leading out to berthing point. The main part of Getxo itself is to the right here:-
This is the view off to the left:-
This monument to a 700th anniversary (1248-1948) is mysterious as unfortunately any other wording is no more. It lay near the junction of the main road with the one to the jetty near to the large “English” houses:-
Getxo must have one of the longest promenades I’ve seen. I thought Kirkcaldy’s was long but Getxo’s seemed to last for ages. At the other end of it near where the Ria Bilbao meets the sea proper at Las Arenas was a Monument to Evaristo Churruca. It’s in that monolithic fascist style:-
Posted in Art, Bridges, Cruise, Trips at 19:44 on 16 February 2017
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:-
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:-
Looking towards south Bilbao:-
Looking towards north Bilbao:-
Even further north:-
Posted in Architecture, Art Deco, Cruise, Trips at 10:00 on 15 February 2017
We didn’t see much Art Deco in Bilbao and the only buildings we did see were through the coach’s windows.
This one had a magnificent tiger-shaped finial. click on photo to get to my flickr and zoom in on the detail:-
La Equitania is more moderne than deco. Good clock though:-
This one looked decoish from a distance:-
The close-up is blurry and with reflections as it was snatched rather than composed:-
Telefonica/Movistar. Art Deco rule of three in corner windows:-
Posted in Architecture, Cruise, Foreign Football Grounds, Modern Architecture, Spanish Football Grounds, Trips at 10:00 on 14 February 2017
Home of Athletic Club, commonly known as Athletic Bilbao.
Through coach windows hence blurry:-
Stadium with crane in foreground:-
Ría del Nervión O de Bilbao, Telefonica tower to left, San Mamés Stadium behind it:-
San Mamés Stadium:-
Edited to add:- I meant to say the stadium looks a bit like a spaceship has plonked itself down in the middle of the city.
You can find images of the San Mamés here.
Posted in Architecture, Cruise, Modern Architecture, Trips at 19:27 on 13 February 2017
Bilbao sits in a bowl of hills with the Ría del Nervión O de Bilbao running through it.
View towards South Bilbao from Aretxbaleta Bidea:-
Panorama from Aretxbaleta Bidea (stitch of three photos):-
Bilbao is a stunning city but due to its surrounding hills is very compact.
Buildings across Ría del Nervión O de Bilbao from Guggenheim Museum:-
University Buildings from fountains outside Guggenheim Museum:-
Bilboa Opera House:-
Mural Under Salbeko Zubia Bridge over Ría del Nervión O de Bilbao:-
The river loops through the city. Another bridge view:-
Telefonica tower throuugh trees:-
Posted in Architecture, Cruise, Modern Architecture, Museums, Trips at 19:50 on 11 February 2017
“Umbrella” feature on the exterior:-
We were told these iron spirals were built in before the roof and walls were put up. As you walk round them the walls bend in and the space around you is changed:-
Fountains at the edge of the external plaza:-
Posted in Architecture, Art, Bridges, Cruise, Modern Architecture, Museums, Trips at 20:00 on 8 February 2017
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:-
The giant spider (Maman) protecting her clutch of eggs is by Louise Bourgeois:-
Salbeko Zubia Bridge, Bilbao, FOG and Spider:-
Tulips by Jeff Koons:-
Tulips, Salbeko Zubia Bridge in background:-
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:-
Puppy, museum in background:-
Puppy and museum:-
Posted in Architecture, Cruise, Modern Architecture, Museums, Trips at 10:00 on 8 February 2017
The attraction, for me, of the cruise we decided to take was the opportunity to visit the Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, whose url I note has a Basque Country (Euskadi) stem.
Designed by Frank Gehry, the museum building is distinctive and idiosyncratic. It has no straight lines in its construction.
This view is from Aretxbaleta Bidea in the hills above the city. The Salbeko Zubia bridge over Ría del Nervión O de Bilbao is in the middleground here in front of the museum:-
This model, in the museum shop, bears a resemblance to a ship:-
The musuem from road and tramway:-
Moving towards entrance:-
Part of exterior:-
Exterior (other side):-
There was a man in the waterway with a fishing net!:-