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Spain: Valencia & L'Albufera (Day 5)

Spain: Valencia (Day 4)

This is a stitched-together photo to show the wonderful view from the window in Addy's room, which he kindly lent me during our visit.


And this was my view from bed -- the window is really more like a door. No screens, only the iron railing.


It was gorgeous... and also LOUD!! In the big city, they don't empty the dumpsters between 7 am and 5 pm, they do it at 2 am!! Most buildings are tall -- 4, 5, 6 stories and more -- so there's also AN ECHO IN THERE!! Yikes. I live on the end of a dead-end street in a sleepy little city, and I'm sure not used to that! I tried to liken it to Rio and the "joyful noise" emanating from Rocinha, but this was not that at all. I resorted to earplugs after the first night.

On Saturday morning, we walked to Mercado Central. Wow.


The food!


We watched a fish vendor shuck some oysters and then had them for a mid-morning snack... along with some champagne!

Meandering back, we found the narrowest house in... the world? Europe? Spain? certainly in Valencia!!


Orange trees line many streets! But they are not Valencia oranges and apparently are bitter and not very good to eat.


They sure are pretty though!

In the afternoon, we packed up and hopped a bus headed for the beach.


It was a gorgeous day!!


Between Saturday & Sunday, despite being under cover practically the whole time, I managed to get a pretty good sunburn!


And day is done. It was so great to have a more relaxing day after the frantic pace of those preceding!



One picture after another, one day after another, your travelogue is full of surprising photos. The details in the tile (under the butcher counter), the blue flowers in the dome, the abundance of food and the beautiful beach, it's all so amazing. I can't even imagine living in the narrowest house. wow


I wonder if those are the same oranges I saw in Seville. Those are used to make bitter marmalade.


Both my girls visited Valencia on their summer's abroad and both loved it. Your photos are giving me an even better reason to understand why! I'm pretty sure I heard about the market, but don't think mid-morning champagne and oysters featured in their travelogues :-)


The food and colors are all quite amazing! I wish my market ceiling was as beautiful; it would make shopping such a pleasure. I had to resort to google translate for some of those items from the fish vendor when I got curious - barnacles and cuttlefish!


Oh, WOW! That view!!! And Addy has it every day! Lucky, lucky, lucky! What a fabulous place. Thanks so much for sharing your adventure. (I'm ready to go. . . )


What amazing photos! And, what a stunning view from "your" bedroom!

Robin F

Thanks for taking me along on your trip- my DD was in Seville for study abroad in 2000- she loved the area and traveled with a friend to other places in Spain. The varied places you covered in 2 days is amazing. Now I need a nap.


What a feast for the eyes!! Everything is so colorful and fun. Great pictures Vicki and what an awesome view you had from bed (even if you needed earplugs!!).

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