Photo Of The Day: Zytglogge Tower Clock. Bern, Switzerland

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Medieval tower clock Zytglogge (English: “Time Bell”) in Bern, Switzerland 
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Great Location in Bilbao! NH Hotel Villa de Bilbao

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One of the best hotel locations in Bilbao, Spain.   NH Hotel Villa De Bilbao

Gran Via, 87, 48011 Bilbao, Spain

https://www.nh-collection.com/hotel/nh-collection-villa-de-bilbao

Location, location, location!  NH Hotel Villa de Bilbao enjoys prime real estate in Bilbao city centre.  Within the same city block, travelers find fine dining, pubs, and specialty shops: comic book and toy stores to name a couple.  Bilbao’s old town and main bus station are close.  The Guggenheim museum is also well within walking distance at 0.6 miles away.

The hotel is part of the worldwide NH Collection, and delivers luxury and comfort in line with the brand.  A centerpiece of the NH Hotel Villa de Bilbao is the restaurant Le Bol Blanc (The White Bowl, from French).  Guests rave about the lush, organic breakfast buffet there, and Basque cuisine at dinner just gets better.

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Lush, organic breakfast buffet at Le Bol Blanc.   NH Hotel Villa de Bilbao
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Basque cuisine at Le Bol Blanc.   NH Hotel Villa de Bilbao

Guests choose from junior, premium, or superior rooms, in ascending order of more space and better view.  All room levels have flat screen tv’s, wi-fi, and rain effect showers.  Also included is access to the roof-level gym, and access to a larger nearby gym.  After the stay, the Bilbao airport is a short seven miles away.

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Premium room.   NH Hotel Villa de Bilbao
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Reception area at NH Hotel Villa de Bilbao

Photo Credit: NH Hotel Collection

Best Of Bilbao! ad hoc Cascanueces Restaurant

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Tomates de Lodosa.  ad hoc Cascanueces.  Bilbao, Spain.

 

Heros 21, 48009 Bilbao, Bizkaia, Spain

http://adhocbilbao.com/cascanueces/

Less than a 10 minute walk from the Guggenheim Museum, ad hoc Cascanueces consistently delivers one of most memorable dining experiences in Bilbao.

Chef Diego Valdivielso and sommelier Oscar Vila’s customer service and attentiveness is based in the belief that the best wine “is not necessarily the most expensive, but the one that is shared”.

Some of the better known dishes at ad hoc Cascanueces include Japanese pasta with lacquered bacon, octopus and spicy mayonnaise, scorpionfish with wild rice, and red tuna tatami.  The dessert known as Postre Bosque Dulce (sweet forest dessert) is smash hit with diners.

ad hoc Cascanueces (Cascanueces = “Nutcracker” in English) is consistently one of the highest rated restaurants in Bilbao.

Travelers will find presentation of all dishes in fluent English when desired.

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Postre Bosque Dulce (sweet forest dessert). ad hoc Cascanueces
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ad hoc Cascanueces. Bilbao, Spain.
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Tataki de atun rojo (tuna tataki).  ad hoc Cascanueces
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Picanha Brasilena.  ad hoc Cascanueces

Photo credit: ad hoc Cascanueces

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Relax and Rejuvenate: Blue Lagoon, Iceland

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Become part of a natural wonder: Blue Lagoon, Iceland

240 Grindavík, Iceland

http://www.bluelagoon.com

The rejuvenating, relaxing geothermal waters of Blue Lagoon, Iceland are among the top spa destinations in the world.  And the view here is amazing.

Waters at the Blue Lagoon stay around 100F, and naturally renew themselves every 40 hours.   The water is just 4.5 feet / 1.4 meters at the deepest point.

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Rejuvenation at Blue Lagoon, Iceland
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Visit year-round: Blue Lagoon, Iceland

Located 30 miles / 47 km southwest of Reyjavik, the Blue Lagoon is supported by an on-site spa, hotel, and restaurant to supplement the experience.

Upon arrival, visitors are equipped with a wristband, which works like a locker key and credit card.  Very handy for keeping track of your things, and buying drinks while in the water.

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Surrounding campus of Blue Lagoon, Iceland

There are a few things to keep in mind while visiting Blue Lagoon, such as staying hydrated, removing jewelry, and proper use of conditioner.  A video with the best tips can be found here: YouTube guide to visiting Blue Lagoon

Note that the staff supporting the Blue Lagoon are known for keeping an incredibly clean  facility.  Pre-booking is required.

 

Photo Credit: Blue Lagoon, Iceland.

 

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The 5 Million Star Hotel, Iceland

 

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Stay outdoors while being indoors.  The 5 Million Star Hotel, Iceland.

Hrosshagi 2, Skalholt 801, Iceland

https://www.buubble.com

The 5 Million Star Hotel offers just that: a clear and amazing view of 5 million stars and the aurora borealis. Less than one hour drive east from Reykjavic, guests stay outdoors – and simultaneously indoors – inside one of five heated bubbles nestled in the forest.

Each bubble fits two adults, with a huge bed with an unbeatable view of the sky and forest.  A nearby, centrally located shared services area has the well-appointed shower and kitchen facilities.  Each bubble is equipped with electrical outlets so guest iPhones stay well-charged.

One of the most unique and rewarding experiences in Iceland – the 5 Million Star Hotel.

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Choose from five bubbles: Una, Asta, Thorunn, Valdis, or Maria.

 

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Unbeatable views of the sky and forest.  The 5 Million Star Hotel, Iceland.

Photo Credit: 5 Million Star Hotel

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