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Plaza Redonda

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  • Day13

    Last Full Day in Valencia

    July 22, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    Today was our last full day in Valencia and we planned to spend it at the beach and visiting a couple of sights we had missed. Valencia has two original gates. Earlier in the trip we had visited Torres de Serrano, Serrano Tower. I also wanted to see Torres de Quart, Quart Tower. Fortunately it’s near the Jardín Botanico and I wanted to visit the gardens there. Last year I was required to teach a month long lesson on deserts and I knew very little about the subject. I did as much research as possible and I learn a great deal. When I heard this garden had a collection of cactus, I knew I needed to go and take pictures. The cactuses we amazing and I have so many pictures that I can put together a slide show for my students. Perhaps I can write off the trip on our taxes? After visiting the tower and garden, Georgia directed me to some street art that she wanted to see. I personally don’t like graffiti but she patiently explained that most of the good street art was done with permission. Some of the street art is amazing.

    After our sightseeing morning we headed to the beach. Many people told us that the beaches further to the north were better so we took a different subway to get as far as possible. I couldn’t really see much of a difference though we were surrounded by older people. We were close to a part of the beach where handicapped and elderly people had access. They even had wheelchairs that floated in the water and first aid workers to accompany them safely into the water. I also saw canes and walkers that worked on sand and in the water. Very cool.

    Georgia and I spent a couple of hours in the sun and swimming. It was really relaxing. Then, we went to find a restaurant for lunch. Valencians eat their biggest meal of the day for lunch, usually between 2 and 4. Many restaurants have something called Menu del Día, or menu of the day. Usually for between 10 and 15 euros you get a three course lunch, along with bread, a drink, and coffee. Usually you select an appetizer, main dish, and dessert from a list. Since Paella is attributed to Valencia, several varieties of paella are usually on the Menu del Día. We decided to get seafood fideuá, which is paella made with noodles instead of rice. It was very good. We also had calamari, mussels, panna cotta, and cheesecake. Talk about a filling meal.

    After lunch we went back to the apartment to get ready for the evening. On our walk around earlier in the day we found a new restaurant that looked really good. We went there about 10 o’clock for tapas and drinks. Since the Valencians don’t eat lunch until late, dinner is also late. Our restaurant was packed at 10:00. After enjoying some wonderful tapas, we headed back to the apartment for our last night.
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  • Day7

    Babalu

    October 15, 2018 in Spain ⋅ 🌙 16 °C

    Hier waren wir schon mal: mit Tapas und in deerpCalle. - diesmal haben wir vorher die genaue Lage recherchiert.

    Diesmal war noch besser:
    Nach zwei Sätzen in spanisch von Monika packte der Chef und der Kellner einen Tisch von drinnen und trugen ihn auf die Strasse. Perfekter Kunden Service.

    Manfred hatte Ropa vieja (altes Hääs) und Cazuela de Gambon.
    Wieder ganz ausgezeichnet!
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  • Day9

    Kaffee Pause

    October 17, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    Vor dem Mercat Central mit Kaffee Americano und Rührei auf Brot. Irgendwie haben wir den Eindruck dass die Rechnung nicht richtig boniert wurde. Nachdem die Bedienung ewig nicht mehr kommt und wir nicht noch länger warten wollen, brechen wir trotzdem auf.

    Dann geht es weiter mit dem Bus vom Hauptplatz an den Strand.
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  • Day4

    The Beach

    July 13, 2018 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    Today Georgia and I took the subway to the beach. It’s about a 15 minute walk to the closest subway station from our Airbnb. The beach is then 2 different subway cars to actually get to the beach. It is only a couple of miles as the crow flies but we’re staying in the old section of town.

    The beach in Valencia is absolutely beautiful. It stretches for miles in both directions and it’s like fine sugar. There is a boardwalk taking you close to the waters edge. This is important because it’s about 50 yards to the water and the sand sure can get hot. After we tanned for a bit, we ventured into the water. I was a bit hesitant having been tossed by a strong wave in Rio once but there was nothing to fear. Though the waves sometimes were big, I could easily navigate the breakers. The water was so warm and pretty clear. Valencia has many blue flag beaches which means they are not polluted. We saw lots of people paddle boarding and somebody fly boarding (That’s the jet pack that pushes you between 2 and 4 metes above the water). Georgia wanted to try it but she’s going to wait and do it with a friend. There are also jet skis to rent and we may try that later in the week.

    After a couple of hours, we decided it was time to head back to the apartment. It was so much fun that we plan to go back most mornings when we get back from Morocco.

    After we freshened up a bit, I wanted to try a local drink called horchata. It is made from a nut called a tiger nut. It is served cold with donuts called fartons that you dip into the horchata. We headed over to a beautiful building called the Mercat Colon. This is a beautiful building with bar, restaurants, and horchatarias. We weren’t impressed with the horchata and fartons but we plan to try them again somewhere else just in case this wasn’t a good horchataria.

    We ended the day by going out for tapas at a restaurant close to our Airbnb. Tapas are appetizers so I figured if we ordered 3, that would have been good for dinner. The portions were huge so next time we probably only need 1. We tried a variety of croquettes, calamari, and patatas bravas which are fried potato chunks with spicy paprika, a spicy ketchup, and mayonnaise. The food was pretty good. Georgia also ordered another small pitcher of Agua de Valencia.

    Sorry about no pictures. I’ll add them later.
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