Sweet intoxicating orange blossoms blended with smoky sulfuric fireworks means we must be at Las Fallas.
Sitting here in Granada we realize that we have been traveling around visiting festivals, churches and museums and the one thing we haven’t talked about (yet) is the food that we have been experiencing on our travels. So let’s rewind back to the beginning and start eating.
Everyone we know in Valencia has been telling us that we had to visit Albufera. Separated from the salty Mediterranean Sea by only a narrow strip of land, Albufera is a freshwater lagoon and estuary less than 7 miles south of the city of Valencia. An easy day trip by bus for 1,50 Euros each way.
We initially did not understand that there are two separate sites promoting Valencia’s historical silk industry. One is the The Lonja de la Seda, or Silk Exchange, used as the center for commerce in the silk trade, the second is the Silk Museum.
We decided to branch out this week and take a train to the town of Xàtiva in the province of Valencia. Catching a train from the city seems easy enough but there are always those little details that come back to bite you – little details that locals take for granted, but are missing from every article we read.
This week we visited the Lladro Boutique and Factory. Wow! Their figurines are simply beautiful. We walked another 25 miles or so trying to catch the last few sites of Valencia before we head off on new adventures. With our anniversary coming up (special plans), a trip to Bordeaux, France and then more cities in Spain, we will surely have more new adventures to share.
Today’s blog is proof that our calendar has been full of an eclectic variety of activities and there is even more fun on the horizon. This week we managed to ‘see‘ art and ‘be‘ art all in the same week! Hooray for us!