Another try…from Spain

Dear Friends: Here I am again, trying to send photos and text from Spain. Sorry about yesterday. I got all sorts of messages about my pathetic, one-line, photo-free, blog. Let’s see if I can do better today, using the tutorials from BlogPad Pro…  

We are still in Gernika, (which we’ve learned to say Ger-NI-ka, as in “hair-KNEE-caw”), the weather stays cold and rainy, but we’ve not yet run out of options. Today we took the train to Bermeo, a “serious port town” on the coast north of here, which I think means it does not cater so much to tourists. We walked the docks, stood on the seawall to face the stormy sea, huddled at a port-side table for pinxtos, or tapas, unfashionably early because we were starving, and caught the train back to our warm hotel room.

We see public art everywhere, and today was no exception. The heartbreaking sculpture you see above, from 1976, called (roughly) The Last Wave, The Last Gasp, shows a father drowning, the dog howling and the young son stricken. I wondered what the townspeople thought of this tragic reminder of the fate of so many fishermen.

On the next dock, from the same year, another wave image.


 OK, not to push my luck, I’ll try sending this. Tomorrow, I promise some food photos. No matter what else the day brings, dinner is our great reward….



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9 thoughts on “Another try…from Spain

  1. A gorgeous town, Judy, and a fascinating look at public art. Keep those photos coming…

  2. What adventurers you are The trip sounds like it is off to a good start. I do enjoy the Chronicles. Thanks for sharing. I have forwarded them to a good friend here in POrtland, Karen Bassett. She is an adventurous traveller and so engaged at near her 80th birthday. Keep sending. Thanks much.

    Warm regards, Vida Lee

  3. Thank you for the wonderful photos. Thru your writing, I feel as if I am on this adventure with you. I especially like the “warm room”.

  4. I’m sure Michael loves morcilla, not sure if you do Judy – but it’s one of my favorite things about spain – ahh…that and txkoli – poured from high above the glass in a golden white stream down…out of a special spout. Though that doesn’t sound too good when it’s stormy and chilly. Portland, in case you didn’t know, has had about two weeks of perfect perfect PERFECT weather…the garden that languished last year – poopy tomatoes that didn’t amount to much until LATE august, are now robust (of course, no flowers, but they look so poised) the kale is almost ready to pick, the cukes’ leaves are prickly, and so on. Hurry home for the summer!-

  5. Thanks for trying again and it worked. I believe we’ve been in Bermeo, and
    I probably have photos. Lovely! Keep’m coming and I’ll do the same!

    Sorry for the cold and rain for you, and you can be sorry for the sun and super
    heated air for us! One big hot flash!

    Love C

  6. love following you two around – love the art.
    we are having summer in spring – the roses are blooming, the iris, the poppies…
    feels like a feast for the eyes .
    enjoy spain.

  7. Hi Judy,
    These photos came through to Bend loud and clear. Good job!
    Question: Is the Gernika where you are, related to Picasso’s painting “Guernica”
    about the Spanish Civil war? I’ll take your answer if you ever return to PDX. Pat

  8. Judy and Michael, greetings to you from Boulder, Colorado. Regina and I are moving this week, from the 750 sq. ft. apartment where we have been living for 2 yrs 3 mod. into the 140 year old home we have rescued from ruin, renovated and turned into a LEED Platinum (our target) house.

    On the weather front: we had 48 inches of snow in Boulder during April–a record, and record cold to go along with it. So our garden seeds are not much further along than seedlings….

    Spain’s unemployment is reported at 25%, which is the level of unemployment in the United States during the Great Depression. Spain was so full of promise a decade ago, with its investment in infrastructure, high speed trains, renewable energy, etc. I am wondering how Spaniards in this decade are dealing with the current level of economic disruption.

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