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Trip Report Day Trip to Getaria and Balenciaga Museum

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In mid September, while based in San Sebastián/Donastia, we took a day trip by bus to Getaria. The owner of our Pension told us "You will love it!" - and we did. We walked to the Bus Station, caught the 10 a.m. bus and arrived in Getaria 35 minutes later. There was a small market in progress in the square opposite the bus stop and just along from the bus stop was an escalator (in a fishing village!) and steps leading up to the very modern Cristobal Balenciaga Museum, opened in 2011. What a wonderful asset to Getaria and what an architectural contrast to the old buildings of this medieval, picturesque fishing settlement.

The exhibition starts with a brief documentary on Cristobal Balenciaga (1895-1972), the Getaria-born couturier. Six rooms follow and display his fashion creations grouped under the headings Early Years, Day, Cocktail, Evening, Brides and Essentials. I was interested to read on a wall, "A good couturier must be an architect for design, a sculptor for shape, a painter for colour, a musician for harmony and a philosopher for temperance.", words of Balenciaga. The garments on display demonstrate he was all of those. And from Christian Dior, "With fabrics, we do what we can, Balenciaga does what he wants."
At the time of our visit there was a temporary exhibition, covering over a century of swimwear fashion in the West.

The museum is a must for anyone interested in fashion and design. It is closed on Mondays.

We followed the museum visit with a walk along the promenade at the beach and around the port. We enjoyed lunch sitting at a table overlooking the water at "Mayflower", one of a number of harbour side restaurants. My whole Sea Bass was cooked over coals as is usual here. Delicious.

Our visit to Getaria ended with more walking around the narrow streets and finally back to the bus stop for our pretty drive back to San Sebastián. Another happy, satisfying day in Spain.

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