28 Sep 2013
La Lavendou, Monaco, Majorca, A Coruna, Bilbao,
Sorry, for the first time ever JetSetWay was down for a couple days. It is now back 100%. It caused me to analyze new ways to post blogs as the Internet is still changing constantly.
Because we spend so much time on ships the very slow bandwidth has been a problem since day one.
Anyway here's what has been going on. I put them on one blog so you would not get five emails from me at once.
Le Lavandou, France
New port, new hat, same wife.
We saw an absolutely unbelievable air show by RAF Red Arrows in Monaco today. We had no idea they would be there. It reminded me of the Blue Angels annually at the Seattle Seafair back in the day.
Palma Mallorca, Spain (Island)
La Seu, their 14th century cathedral landmark is the world’s only cathedral that has a water reflection.
A Coruna, Spain
This Galician city of 1,000,000 is in the Northwest corner of Spain.
Like Barcelona (Castilian) and Bilbao (Basque) A Coruna Galician) has its own language, which is compulsory in school.
It is home to the world’s oldest operating lighthouse, built 2000 years ago by the Romans. The Tower of Hercules is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that was used by a young resident Pablo Picasso as a regular subject for his drawings and paintings.
Factoid - the locals call it a town instead of a city because although it has many churches, it does not have a cathedral.
Bilbao is in the center of the Basque region of Northern Spain, home to centuries of nationalistic political unrest.
Economically Bilbao was in the pits and in 1991 it needed to reinvent itself. Even for cities it is all about marketing.
The Basque government contracted with the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation to use their name, some traveling exhibitions and for them to operate a museum in exchange for Bilbao investing $100MM for construction, $50MM for acquisitions, a $20MM fee to Guggenheim and $12MM annually for operations.
It has been a huge success. They were made whole in just three years when almost 4 million tourists visited the museum, generating $700MM in economic activity and over $150MM in taxes.
The building was designed, as you can guess, by Frank Gehry. Consistently it has been named as one of the most important buildings of the last several decades.