Bilbao is a handsome city. Although basically an industrial town it has many fine buildings in both the old and new parts, a pleasant park and river front and, most interesting, the Guggenheim Gallery which I visited yesterday. I saw the David Hockney exhibition and a collection of modern art called El Espejo Invertido (The reversed mirror). Most impressive, however, was the building itself, designed by Frank Ghery, with its metalic scales, curved surfaces, and irregular vast spaces.
Later I went for another walk with my hosts into the old town for tapas and exercise. Both are keen on fitness. He is planning to climb Mt Blanc in July and goes to the gym regularly. She prefers roller skating. For my part, a walk along the river or through the old plazas is fine.