July 23-Leaving Valencia
Our trip to Valencia being so short meant we couldn’t try many great looking vegetarian restaurants. I wish we could have stayed longer!
Before dinner, we had the regional beverage, Agua de Valencia, which is pretty much a mimosa plus vodka. What a plus!
We went to La Luna for dinner. The prices are really good (almost as good as Maoz), the food is great, and the people are friendly. The menu is very small though.
After that we checked out some cafe with this on their wall:
Cute little sperm! We had two super strong mojitos and had a strained, yet entertaining conversation with some locals.
Valencia definitely has some real annoyances. All the streets are super narrow alleys (supposedly because the Muslims wanted to travel throughout the city unseen), and the street have different names (Valencian) then the names on maps (Spanish). Why, why would they do this?! It made me feel like I was going crazy.
HOWEVER, I was surprised at how much I loved Valencia! Valencia has amazing beaches that are warm and great for swimming. Oh, and all the cool street art makes getting lost a little bit more enjoyable. And, Valencia is so full of interesting history. Valencia was often the epicenter of Spain–both during Moorish rule and Catholic Rule as well as the capital of Spain during the Spanish Civil war.
After the Catholics finally succeeded in conquering Spain, the Catholics tended to tear everything down. (In fact, in Spain any time there is a conflict, the victors tear or burn stuff down). In Valencia, one can see signs of Moorish control over Spain. Such as this Moorish arch. The inscription thanks Valencia for not destroying the arch.
In some places you find sites preserving roman ruins. Take a look at this awesome wall that has random statute pieces cemented in it.
Valencia is kinda funny too–it appears to be an incredibly Catholic city with spectacular looking churches and nuns and priests wandering around….yet Valencia is very liberal and diverse. Gay culture is everywhere and the mayor is a lesbian! Wanting to accommodate the blind, many of the city’s monuments have miniature models (meant to be felt) placed next to a braille description on the monument.
And if you go to Valencia and see horchaterias—horchata is vegan! and different from the stuff in the US and Mexico (made from rice). Valencian horchata is made from tiger nuts and sugar, so get a horchata and go (tiger) nuts!
I can’t believe we are off to Barcelona! 5 more days in Spain!