Travel Diary: Valencia

Happy Friday my friends! As the weekend gets going I'm happy to share my photos from my trip to Valencia. I'm finding that in Spain, I'm saying often "well, this is the most beautiful place I've ever been." Or, actually "WTF, how can this be a real place?!" (That's more along the lines of how it really comes out).

Valencia is about a 6 hour drive from where I'm living here. And the drive itself is just gorgeous: there's fields of olive trees going on for mile upon mile and little pueblos with homes built right into the mountain side. On the way we made a stop through Altea. A hike to the top of the village gave a clear view of the destination ahead. So here are the photos from my time there! Enjoy!

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En route to Valencia, at the tippy top of Altea in Alicante there lies a stunning church and a village square with little restaurants and taperias. The climb up the stairway was steep and so very worth it.

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Arriving at the home of the Fornes family.  The house, 3 stories high, has a blend of traditional Spanish and Moorish architecture.

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On the beach at Portitxol, the little structures across the way are fisherman's homes. They come out in the early a.m. and sell their catch directly to the 70 year old restaurant on the beach.

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When the woman at that 70 year old beach restaurant says she's making a rice but it'll take 3 hours - you wait. And this, is the result.

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It was at about this point that my eyes grew a little teary.... truly - the most fantastic view. Across the cove little caves line the mountainside, with villas looking down over the water. I wanted to swim straight across to the boats on the other side and join them.

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Back in the village the "CAFETERIA" was quite different from the version I remember growing up.

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After a hike through the mountain top, we travelled to another beach at Javea - full of little pools and cliffs.

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On the beach at Javea, we took in the sunset with a glass of wine at the perfect little beach bar.

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...the evening sky over Valencia...

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At home that night, it occurred to me that while my little polaroid collection is growing, I only snapped three photos that day: 1 - the Portitxol beach 2 - The lobster tank at the restaurant and my beer 3 - A Fanta can chandelier.

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The visit ended with a fantastic dinner back at Carmine's home. She taught me about cognac, I taught her about selfies. This is the best photo we got, and one of the few in which my eyes are semi-open.

Cheers to the weekend you guys! Remind yourself to let your own wanderlust take you somewhere great!