Thursday, December 13, 2007

Valencia: the end of the trip

Sunday, 25 November (continued)
We walked on up into some of the squares and wandered around, as you do, milling about with the crowds and absorbing the laid-back Sunday atmosphere on what was, frankly, a fucking glorious late-November day.

Ultimately our goal today would be to get to the Oceanografíc, a massive aquarium complex within the City of Arts & Sciences, but there was more uncharted ground to cover in the main city beforehand.

This first video is a portrait of the Palacio del Marques de Dos Aguas, a most incredible building in the heart of Valencia. Look out for Red swiftly removing her hands from the facade when told "Non tocar!" by the guard. An hour later, he was gone. If we had so desired we could have touched it to our heart's content.

And here's the last one... for now... The snack we stopped for at the beginning was orxata (aka horchata) for me, a local artisanal cold drink, and hot chocolate -- no, the thickest, chocolatiest hot chocolate in Christendom... literally melted chocolate, I think -- for Red. We each had our own dunking things, too. I finished every last bit of my deliciousness; Red, not so much.

Then dancing people in the square, in "traditional" dress -- so that's where they were going, those folks I mentioned in my previous post! And then, what's that? Shiiiit, ruins of the old city... underwater! How damn cool is that?!

After a lot more walking, we stopped for lunch at the most delicious steakhouse. The front-of-house woman was Italian, so she was able to tell us what was good and stuff! Really great food, even though neither of us was convinced we really wanted a steak, but it was about 3:45pm by now, and all the restaurants in Valencia close no later than 4pm, and many seemed not even to open on a Sunday. We had to take our food where we could find it!

Next up, we grabbed a cab to the Oceanografíc. At some point in the not-too-distant future I will go through that material, too, and post some clips of dolphins and penguins and seals, oh my. There's also some footage of the city by night that's quite cute. But for now, with the festive season right upon us and other things to move on to, it's hasta luego, Valencia. It was a fun ride!

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Blogger Milla said...

That's a proper hot chocolate, like we make it in Italy.
And the dance...what can I tell you, I love the dresses!!

Ah, Red, can I have your coat when you don't want it any more?

13 December, 2007 10:46  
Blogger Glamourpuss said...

You guys fit a lot in...


13 December, 2007 11:21  
Blogger FOUR DINNERS said...

I'd need a three week break to recover from one day of your holidays.

13 December, 2007 13:18  
Blogger Avid Andy said...

great videos. i need to get over to europe soon.

13 December, 2007 13:35  
Blogger Cynnie said...

I love that stuff..
a rice drink right ?cold?
mexicans are really into it ..but it might not be the same thing.

fresh fruit would have been good for thick chocolate a fondue!

I so want to go to spain..
I'm saving my pennies.
red is so cute..she managed to make "See!! I'm not touching! look like " fuck you dude..I'm not touching !" such a little rebel

13 December, 2007 13:52  
Blogger furiousBall said...

great videos. man, telling someone to not touch something, that's the best way to get someone to touch something.

13 December, 2007 15:15  
Blogger * (asterisk) said...

Milla: Really? Maybe a northern thing?

G/puss: Oh, we work it, baby!

4D: Yeah, so do we!

13 December, 2007 16:09  
Blogger * (asterisk) said...

Avid: We don't get to see as much of it as we should, y'know. But you definitely should visit!

Cynnie: It's a different type that they have in Valencia, specific to that region. Least that's what it says on Wikipedia. But it was delicious. Cold and yummy! Red is quite the bad girl!

F/ball: Thanks, dude. You're so right on the touching thing!

13 December, 2007 16:11  
Blogger tweetey30 said...

Beautiful. I loved walking through your trip with you. Thanks for sharing.

13 December, 2007 16:57  
Blogger Martha Elaine Belden said...

what a beautiful city! i love the architecture in the first clip and the energy in the second.

someday that dream i mentioned before will come true, i know it! well, no i don't. but i can hope! :)

13 December, 2007 22:28  

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