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The Valencia Trip

TripOn Friday we dropped off friends at Murcia airport and took the opportunity as we were in that part of the country to take a trip up to the area around Valencia.

After several hours drive, we arrived in our destination town called Xativa which is in the province of Valencia. Back in the day, the Arabs brought paper manufacturing to the area and Xativa was known for it’s schools, education and learning circles. The area is also famous for linen fabric manufacture.

We stopped in a little place up a side street in the middle of town – near the theatre and again within walking distance of a very nice park.

The accommodation was run by two gay fellows (who talked a lot, one Spanish with a good command of English, the other English – from Durham area) I have to say the place was very good.

ParkParking at the theatre was free and it was only a few minutes walk to our accommodation – also as you might expect near a theatre, there was no shortage of reasonably priced food – sadly the weather could have been better… indeed all the way from Galera up to Valencia has seen a lot of rain in the past few days – hopefully now over.

View from our accommodationWe generally spent our time either walking around of driving around the local towns to get a feel for the area, not to mention taking a “nap” in the early afternoon which extended through almost to dinnertime in the evening!!

We had planned a trip to the beach in Valencia but not knowing the area too well, we completely missed the beech areas – the traffic was horrendous considering the time of year – but then it is a big city (population 790,000).

This was not our first trip to Valencia – if you want to see lots of pics of modern buildings etc – here’s a link to our photos.

Weather in Galera end of April

Back in Galera now, all is well, I’ve been doing a spot of repairing in the lower bedroom and in the process discovered the effective use of mesh and concrete in wall repairs!!! More on that later. The sun is back out and so lots of little jobs around the garden to be done including testing that solar panel.

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