It was a much later morning. We headed out at 9:30 am for a short orientation tour of Bilbao and then to the Guggenheim. I will admit, I am not a fan of modern art. However, experiencing the structure alone was worth the visit. David Hockney’s work was on display. Our guide provided an overview which made the final showcase all that more impressive. It was a gallery of iPad created landscapes. It was impressive and really made me realize I’ve only scratched the surface of the uses for my iPad. If you go, fan or not, I would recommend a dossant or at least the audio guide.
After the Guggenheim, we headed to the old town for lunch and shopping. I was surprised at how authentic this city center was. It was where the locals were doing their shopping. So far, this was the only shopping area where I have experienced this here in Spain. It surprised me because the entire area surrounding the Guggenheim is less than 20 years old. The new buildings (including our hotel) are built in a modern style of clean lines. Across from our hotel was a full-service mall and it was besides a tall office/sky scraper building built in the last 5 years. I found the city center as charming as I found the area around the Guggenheim to be sterile.
At two in the afternoon, we headed for San Sebastian. The trip was about an 1 hour and a half from Bilbao. Our tour took us up a mountain to an aerial view of La Playa de la Concha. Unfortunately, we were ill prepared and were wet and freezing! My son pointed out we were probably in a cloud. He may have been right! After some pictures, we headed down to the city. It was raining and now I was cold. It was difficult to soak up the beauty. One thing I did notice (but didn’t get a picture) were pilgrims on the Camino de Santiago. Bucket list experience I will have someday…
After some shopping and sightseeing time, we had a tapas dinner with our tour group. Only 22 of 26 of us participated in this extra excursion. While we didn’t bar hop, as is tradition in tapas, it was a lot of fun with this new travel family.