Valencia, Spain – 2/19/2015

FEBRUARY 19, 2015 (Thursday)

Usual, got up, got dressed, went to the Grand Pacific for breakfast.

Breakfast in the Grand Pacific is so civilized.

Breakfast in the Grand Pacific is so civilized.

Ham and eggs, hash browns.  Coffee and toast.

Ham and eggs, hash browns. Coffee and toast.

Scrambled and hash brown, coffee.

Scrambled and hash brown, coffee.

It was around 9:00 AM when we got off the ship. We opted not to take the 12 Euro per person shuttle to the city center. Instead, we took the city bus for 1.50 Euro per person and enjoyed the scenery. Michael and I didn’t really have any expectations of Valencia and were quite impressed. Not quite as beautiful as Barcelona, but close. We enjoyed the ultra-modern buildings, one of which was something to do with the Oceanographic Institute.

Grumpy making his way.

Grumpy making his way.

Riding the bus into Valencia.

Riding the bus into Valencia.

Not too full as we wind around.

Not too full as we wind around.

Here we go with the beautiful buildings.

Here we go with the beautiful buildings.

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Lots of cathedrals and old buildings. We went to the end of the line and then went back the other way and got off to go to the Prehistoric Museum. It cost us two Euro each and we enjoyed walking through time. It reminded us of being back in Pompeii or Ephesus.

A Hearst, I think a Mercedes.

A Hearst, I think a Mercedes.

The buildings...

The buildings…

of Spain are so unusual.

of Spain are so unusual.

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The Museum of Prehistory.

The Museum of Prehistory.

Lots of really old stuff that has miraculously been found.

Lots of really old stuff that has miraculously been found.

Coins of the realm and ages.

Coins of the realm and ages.

A chain curtain.

A chain curtain.

Keys in Lucite.

Keys in Lucite.

Pretty woman strolling through time, sans backpack.  She had to put it in a locker.

Pretty woman strolling through time, sans backpack. She had to put it in a locker.

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The ruins don't stop, there are many in Spain.

The ruins don’t stop, there are many in Spain.

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Just like Pompeii.

Just like Pompeii.

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Mosaic tile is so big throughout time.

Mosaic tile is so big throughout time.

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Center left, that is a Hazel Hoe.  I could get one at Home Depot today!

Center left, that is a Hazel Hoe. I could get one at Home Depot today!

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Very small and I really liked it.

Very small and I really liked it.

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A toilet seat, we rejoice.

A toilet seat, we rejoice.

Sites of ruins.

Sites of ruins.

Once we left the museum, we asked the lady how to get to the city center. We walked along narrow streets and finally found the old city center. We enjoyed the feel and all the old buildings. We really loved the Plaza of the Virgin with the church, the fountain, and all the other things around. Loved all of it.

I just can't tell if this is graphics or graffiti.

I just can’t tell if this is graphics or graffiti.

The doors were left open and I love the colors and details inside.

The doors were left open and I love the colors and details inside.

Pretty woman on the move.

Pretty woman on the move.

The center loaf has a fish baked into it.  I am just not that big a fish person.

The center loaf has a fish baked into it. I am just not that big a fish person.

Fun shops.

Fun shops.

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We found the center of town.

We found the center of town.

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Marble tiles.

Marble tiles.

Pretty woman surrounded by beauty.

Pretty woman surrounded by beauty.

Quite the fountain.

Quite the fountain.

Grumpy taking pictures.

Grumpy taking pictures.

Exuberant fountain.

Exuberant fountain.

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Police.

Police.

Police car, just right for the narrow streets of Valencia.

Police car, just right for the narrow streets of Valencia.

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Walking back to the bus line.

Walking back to the bus line.

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A country of bull fighting.

A country of bull fighting.

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We went down a little street and ended up in a rotunda kind of space, circular with 5 or 6 streets spoking out from it.  Great shops and nearly got us lost for a time.

We went down a little street and ended up in a rotunda kind of space, circular with 5 or 6 streets spoking out from it. Great shops and nearly got us lost for a time.

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Fountain in the center, hard to keep track of what streets we went down and which one was first.

Fountain in the center, hard to keep track of what streets we went down and which one was first.

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Guns!

Guns!

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We thought this was a beautiful and different looking church.

We thought this was a beautiful and different looking church.

Interesting columns.

Interesting columns.

Beautiful skylights and dome...

Beautiful skylights and dome…

And a market inside.

And a market inside.

Meats.

Meats.

dairy...

dairy…

fruits....

fruit….

snails...

snails…

fish...and...things.

fish…and…things.

Tasteful touches everywhere.

Tasteful touches everywhere.

Typical bridge.

Typical bridge.

Fun lamp posts.

Fun lamp posts.

We continued walking to try to find the bus line back to the port. The walk was quite long and Michael’s knee was beginning to hurt (as were my feet). We looked for a place to stop and eat lunch but most of the places weren’t open yet (around 12:30 PM).  We finally found a place a cute little place called Abierto, which served tapas. We had spiced potatoes and a salad – which were excellent.

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Lunch

Lunch

Stylish coke bottles and glasses.

Stylish coke bottles and glasses.

This salad was spectacular.  Makes my mouth water just looking at it and remembering it.

This salad was spectacular. Makes my mouth water just looking at it and remembering it.

The potatoes and bread were equally outstanding.

The potatoes and bread were equally outstanding.

We finally found the bus and got back to the ship. Once back on board, we took a little rest and watched “The Judge.” Good movie.

Intimate knocker.

Intimate knocker.

Left and right.

Left and right.

Lovely blue tiled dome.

Lovely blue tiled dome.

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This seems so neat.

This seems so neat.

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All the bridges have really neat statues of one form or another at each end and on each side.

All the bridges have really neat statues of one form or another at each end and on each side.

We got a call from Helga asking if we wanted to meet her and Dennis for dinner, which we did at 6:00 PM at the Grand Pacific. (We’ve decided we like the Grand Pacific much more than the Alizar because it has more room.  The tables in Alizar are very close together.)  After dinner we headed to the show, called “Showdown.” The show was the audience voting (applause) for who they wanted to stay and who would win. It was okay but we all enjoyed the show last night the best.

We were in bed by 9:30 PM. That was our day. Hope yours was great!

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