La Cuitat [Ciudad] de Valencia
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One thing any visitor to Spain will quickly discover, and quite possibly be shocked about ("cause we're in a Mediterranean climate, right?") is the lack of vegetables in the standard Spanish diet. Ham, ham they've got down cold (and I don't even eat the stuff), ...tortilla, olives/oil, oranges, cheese, wine...fantastico! Vegetables? I think those are grown for frying. But Valencia, that's different. The Valencian diet actually includes tons of produce and all things super duper fresh. So after arriving we set out on a mission to taste and enjoy - which we did
Of course we did more than simply eat. We explored. Quite a bit actually. And being tourists as we are, managed to screw up public transportation just enough one day to get in a good 6-7km of walking in. Maybe that was to burn some of our newly accumulated calories? We spent much time at the incredible Cuidad de las Artes y Ciencias at their Oceanografic attraction. I annoyed Will all day long with comments like "this is so San Diego. Sea World has this. Valencia IS San Diego." But the actual architecture of Ciudad de las Artes y Ciencias - this is one of a kind and quite massive.
Another incredible thing we enjoyed was the coastal area and seeing the work that was completed for the 2007 Americas Cup. The quick break down is this: In 2007 the Americas Cup returned to Europe for the first time since its inaugural year in 1851. This was because it wasn't until 2003 that a European team won (I feel una broma [joke] coming on). However, it wasn't Spain that won - it was Switzerland. Of course those crazy Swiss have no ocean and the rules state that the races must take place at sea...long story short, Valencia is chosen for its pretty much guaranteed perfect wind, almost no fog, and racing that begins just 15 minutes out to sea
It may be fall in most places out there (and winter in others...[cough] Czech Republic) but we're just not ready to settle into boots and coats. So we're off in a couple days to our last warm destination - Portugal. Of course I hear barnacles are a local treat here. Hmmmm...perhaps a culinary adventure this will not be.