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The long trip to Galera

Monday morning we left Ametzagana in Northern Spain on our long trip to Galera. We decided to break up the trip by stopping overnight in Valencia. We weren’t expecting much but I have to say the place is a destination in itself!

We left Ametzagana in pouring rain which persisted until we got down as far as Pamplona where the sCafé Benedorm in Zaragozaun came out and the temperature started to rise, getting as high as 28 degrees. We got as far as Zaragoza and parked up to get some lunch at a typical greasy-spoon outfit “Café Benedorm” – and had unimaginative burgers – nothing to write home about other than it was wonderful to sit outside and have lunch in warm weather.

A slightly annoying feature of Spain is the siesta at lunchtime which means shopping is a non-starter, so we had our lunch and departed but not before checking out a couple of shops and looking at some great shop windows.

Shop windowSee the jam-packed window on the left here. Don’t forget to click on any of the images to see larger originals with information.

I have great difficulty getting out of supermarkets in France and Spain once I’m in there as there is so much choice.

Windmills in Northern Spain

Tryp Oceanic HotelWe’ve never been down Spain this way and we were both surprised by the number of windmills on the hills – we’re talking in some areas windmills almost as far as they eye can see – and that’s all the way down.

Teatime we arrived in Valencia at our destination, the Tryp Oceanic hotel just off the sea-front.  I was prepared for a Massive exhibition hall in Valencia by the sea frontdecent hotel but what I was not ready for was the stunning sights on the sea-front.

If you’re planning a trip to Spain you could do a lot worse than make this a destination for a couple of days or more. We got to see a fraction of the sites and sounds – the place is (well, the bits we visited) clean, modern and some of the buildings are fantastic.

See the photos – we spent the evening out at the aquarium taking in the sights and at 10.45pm they had an amazing dolphin show which certainly made me think twice about dolphins and “awareness” as they seems to be thoroughly enjoying working with their bosses for the show.


Sights around the seafront in Valencia

Sights around the seafront in Valencia

The aquarium in Valencia

The photos above are a tiny selection from the full set including short videos of some spectacular stuff from the Oceanographic… here on our Google web albums….

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