08 February 2018
My visit to Spain took place during winter, right after the trip to France. Weather was unpredictably bad. It was foggy, rainy, windy, but at least it wasn’t altogether. I went to the region of Spain, which is perched on the northern Atlantic coast, near the border of France, known as Basque Country. They say that this region is different from the rest of the country, but I couldn’t tell, since it was my first time in Spain.In the morning I had a beautiful panoramic view of the city of Bilbao covered in fog and clouds, surrounded by mountains. Bilbao is the largest city in the Basque Country. Bilbao's buildings display a variety of architectural styles, ranging from gothic, Art Deco, Art Nouveau, Neo-Gothic and contemporary architecture. Puppy is a living plant sculpture of a 12 meters (40 feets) tall West Highland terrier, created by american artist Jeff Koons. Piece was established to inspire optimism and to instill, in artist’s own words, “confidence and security”. Puppy is located on the grounds of the Guggenheim Bilbao Museum. One of modern architecture's most iconic buildings - The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, is a museum of modern and contemporary art designed by Canadian-American architect Frank Gehry. Pool of water in front of museum emits a mist. Installation of mist was created by Fujiko Nakaya and sculpture is by Anish Kapoor. Tulips, a bouquet of multicolor balloon flowers blown up to gargantuan proportions, created by Jeff Koon. Jenny Holzer’s “Installation for Bilbao” comprises nine vertical, double-sided, floor-to-ceiling L.E.D. columns, each of them being more than 12 meters (40 feets) tall. After the sunset cold rain started to pour down the streets of the city. Next day I went to the Elciego - town that lies in the world-famous Rioja wine-production region, just an hour away from Bilbao. This small town has a 5 star hotel - The Marqués de Riscal Hotel, which was designed by Frank Gehry (same architect of The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao). Hotel’s vineyards. This place is perfect for wine lovers, but in winter it’s not as much interesting as during the season of harvesting grapes.