Say hello to Puppy, the official mascot of Bilbao. He’s a 43ft topiary of a West Highland Terrier and the most colorful dog I’ve ever seen. He’s outside the main entrance of the Guggenheim, standing guard against bad art.

Puppy at at Guggenheim Bilbao

 

There are a number of other cool installations around the museum as well:

Tulips at at Guggenheim BilbaoTower of silver balls at at Guggenheim BilbaoSpider by Louise Bourgeois at at Guggenheim Bilbao

After the Guggenheim, we went to lunch:

Bread, cheese, and beerGrilled chicken saladMushroom risotto

and then went to the Basque history museum. Like any good regional history museum, it has a number of interesting exhibits and is fun for the whole family.

Also, if you need a ride to Middle Earth, Bilbao’s got you covered:

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