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Dropped the car back at Manchester airport and caught the 16:40 out to Valencia arriving at 20:25. Makes me chuckle every time Ryan Air hits the tarmac and trundles to the pier, those trumpets sound over the tannoy, announcing another early or on time arrival; so kitsch. It’s good to be back in Valencia. I do so enjoy this city. It has everything. Beautiful architecture, both traditional and modern, a medieval old centre, art galleries, theatres, a beach and wonderful bijou restaurants in abundance.img_3294

The weather is still clear blue skies and sunny. However, it is noticeably cooler now, (C21) making the wearing of a light sweater “de rigeur.”

The family that we are staying with are an absolute delight. Edu, Tania, Eduardo (junior) and Maria are originally from Nicaragua but have now made their home and life here in Valencia. I’m sure that we shall remain firm friends.

Time now draws closer to when we “de-camp” and head out to Malta, where we hope to winter (35’9376 degrees N), which lands us about the same latitude as Algiers in N.Africa, without actually being in Africa!

My only real knowledge about Malta stems from a triptych of an aeroplane called the Gloster Gladiator that I became aware of in my youth. The three aeroplanes that defended Valletta in Malta during 1940 were called “Faith,Hope, and Charity.” “Faith” is the last surviving airframe that is now in a museum on the island.

The third largest conurbation (797,0000) on the Iberian peninsular, Valencia is a beautiful city which lies by the Turia river on the eastern seaboard. The architecture is utterly beguiling, redolent of each epoch of its development from the second century AD. However, it seems that due to the city fathers profligacy over recent years, it appears that a period of austerity has ensued, though one would be hard pushed to notice on a cursory viewing. The streets, piazzas and squares peppered with cafe’s, restaurants and designer shops are a delight and seem to be busy.

There are many delightful little restaurants abound.

There are many delightful little restaurants.

The old Market Hall is stuffed full of fare from all around the region that provides a multiplicity of texture, colour and fragrances.image

Stunning architecture

Stunning architecture

Have decided to stay another month here as the weather is steadily improving and there is so much to see.

Bad news in the Telegraph today. It appears that the “Remain” side have pulled ahead in the opinion polls in the UK referendum.

Have come down to Devon to say with  friends for a few days. Unceasingly enchanting, the Devon countryside is nothing short of magnificent. Gently rolling hills and valleys carpeted with a lustrous green coat. Towns and hamlets populated by buildings and sinuous lanes that have remained largely in tact since the Norman Conquest, with names such as Uplime, Axmouth, Kilminster,Wootton Fitzpaine,Beer, Branscombe. The unhurried beat of country life and the sense of a slow passage of time, all conspire to leave one with a “rosy glow”.

05.04.16 Barcelona 

Left Manchester on the “red eye”, (Stupid o’clock) after having dropped off the hire car at the Marriot at around midnight. It was so good to revisit Barcelona again after, what must be 40 years. The “Familia Sagrada” is still being worked on after 150 years, but it really is a stunning structure. The Ramblas hasn’t changed at all, however the water front has had huge development. The marina now hosts “Super Yachts” from all over the world. Quite gratified to see that a significant percentage were British (registered however in the Camen Islands). Doubtless for tax reasons.

La Familia Sagrada. A stunning structure.

La Familia Sagrada. A stunning structure.

Making the most of the warm balmy weather and blue skies walking down towards the waterfront then along to the harbour, were street vendors, hawkers and “fly by night” traders keeping a constant weather eye for the police, who would arrrest or admonish them for trading without licences.

Just spotted the police....so, quick as a flash draws the toggles on his sheet and he's off.

Just spotted the police….so, quick as a flash draws the toggles on his sheet and he’s off.

IMG_230010.04.16 Sunday travelled overland south to Valencia. What a “Tour de Force” architecturally this city is. Delightful buildings everywhere in a multiplicity of styles and periods, so well looked after and cared for. The city is an absolute delight for the senses, with elegant little restaurants, bars and bistros. The Market hall containing stalls selling all kinds of fare from the Aragon region. Wines, meats,fish, vegetables, cheeses and so beautifully presented are plentiful and ubiquitous .More about Valencia in my next post.

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