So the last two nights were in Porto. A city built on a river, that was probably carved out with glaciers given how steep the banks are.Continue reading Porto
Madrid wasn’t on my list, except as a connection flight (San Sebastian -> Madrid -> Porto) but due to a missed connection, I’m spending the night here.
Having said that – I like Madrid, so I’ve had a nice evening all up.
This place has been a great visit in Spain. We had three days here, and its been a great stop over to take in, with amazing food in the setting of a really nice beach town in Spain.
This was a side trip to Bilbao which is the home of the Guggenheim’s museum in Europe. Its a fascinating piece of architecture in what was an old mining town.
Two days in Biarritz. It’s a surfing city, on the coast of southern France. It’s nice enough, and certainly very pretty with ocean views.
You can see the swimmers and surfers in the water.
Heading down to Spain today
It’s been a great day of wine tasting, eating, and generally having a nice time to finish up here. Also at trip to Libourne . That follows on from exploring the town yesterday.
Off to Biarritz tomorrow.
This is a town not far from Bordeaux, and it’s a big wine growing district.
We have taken out a house in the middle of the wine fields, about 10 minutes walk out of the town of St Emillion. Its a huge place, with four large bedrooms all with ensuites, and also a huge downstairs area which should give everyone some space.
The view out of the living area is straight at St Emillion
St Emillion itself seems to be full of wine shops, and other things, but its an interesting town built on a very sloped hill. Its pretty by day and by night.
This is an old converted submarine base built by the Germans in WW2 to service their war effort. Its architecture is stunningly brutal, and way out of context for Bordeaux
For whatever reason, I thought it would be a military museum. It was nothing of the sort.
Instead, it’s a homage to Salvador Dali, and it is an almost psychedelic experience. Pitch dark throughout, with a psychedelic rendering of the works of Dali. Colours bouncing off the water pools that submarines used to float in.
A static picture does not do it justice however as this was all animated in a style that I think Dali would have approved of.
Set to a musical score mostly done by Pink Floyd.
It was an amazing experience.
We are all now here in Bordeaux. Everyone got in ok, well mostly, expect for some luggage that was a bit slow getting to the airport. So it was pre dinner drinks on the rooftop bar at “Mama Shelter”. Then on to a dinner at “Le Grill Au Thym”. It seems like everything just starts at 7pm, the streets got busier as the night went on. Then another visit to the mirror palace which is just such an amazing design using water.
I’m going to miss Bordeau as we all leave tomorrow, but at least the holiday is just starting.
A really amazing and pretty city. And amazingly alive for a Monday night.