Once in a while the stars align and a wonderful opportunity falls in your lap. So it was back in June when a spot opened up in a Wines of Valencia media tour. Would I be available to join some food and travel writers to learn about the wines of Valencia? How fast could I say "Si"?
Welcome to Valencia (front door of Hotel Palau de la Mar, our hotel)
This is a plaza just blocks from my hotel.
Small quiet streets...I was able to walk the city prior to our official tour "duties" began.
No time for the museums, this trip.
Through the middle of the city runs a park - or a series of them - that was once a river that flooded the city. After the flood, Valencia re-routed the river, filled in the old river bed and did what the Spanish seem to have a unique ability to do. They built a modern city center complete with eye-popping modern architecture, science and nature parks, music halls and bridges that incorporate historical references.
Palau de les Arts - the opera house
A bridge that reminded me of the Zakim Bridge.
Imagine a place where people place beautiful tiles on the undersides of balconies. You know, just in case a pedestrian should look up she should have something beautiful to look at.
I am smitten and looking forward to when I can return.
Stay tuned as more posts and links are coming!