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The New York Times has given us another treat. Christian L Wright has just published an extraordinary feature about Bilbao within that newspaper’s series “36 hours in …“.

It is hard not to get excited by this American newspaper’s work, an excitement that clearly stands out when reviewing the huge amount of references to this broadsheet made by us throughout our existence.

This newspaper has been quoted on our website nearly 120 times, covering a wide variety of topics, ranging from politics to tourism and including economy, culture, traditions, and gastronomy. And there’s also an extensive range regarding dates,  from 1901 up to today. And if there are no references predating 1901, it is because we have not had time to navigate in depth through its amazing database.

Some time ago we picked up on an article from this series “36 hours in…” dedicated to Donostia / San Sebastian. The series looked at The Basque Country for the first time in 2008, with an article devoted to Biarritz.  We did not find any more references to Basque topics or locations within the newspaper series, but the book resulting from it, 36 Hours. 125Weekends In Europe had sections on Pamplona and Bilbao.

Thanks to advances in technology, the piece now includes a video presentation of the city that readers of the article can view. A readership which will undoubtedly be huge. Not only because the New York Times is an international media reference, but also because this article will be cloned by other media outlets throughout the world.

There is also a remarkable coincidence: the photo of Jardines de Albia Bilbao featured in the article offers a view of the sculpture of Sabino de Arana y Goiri, the author of the telegram of congratulations to Theodore Roosevelt on his appointment as president of the USA, which is the new item appearing in The New York Times in 1901 to which we referred earlier.

But leaving such entanglements aside, we link to the article and the video. Enjoy.

The New York Times – 20/5/2015 – USA

36 Hours in Bilbao, Spain

Bilbao, in the heart of the Basque Country in northern Spain, was put on the American radar in 1997 by the opening of the Guggenheim, the scaly titanium-clad museum that made its architect, Frank Gehry, a household name. The city, with a population of about 350,000, is an urban success story, still being written, with improved transportation, green spaces, plans to renew forgotten neighborhoods, and sleek towers shooting up beside grand old icons, themselves glowing from recent spit and polish. Bilbao has become a design town marked by its Fosteritos, the metro stops designed by the English architect Norman Foster that look like giant shrimp. It’s also a serious food town with Michelin stars and Thermomix billboards to prove it.

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