With only 5,5 hours of sleep, we woke up early to bring Peter to the Airport of Valencia. After the hotel breakfast and a short drive to the airport, it was time to say bye to Peter. We had a fantastic time with him. Back in the hotel, we slept for 2 more hours.
I think the best hotspot of Valencia is: “Jardín del Turia”. It’s a huge park, instead of where the former river was, 9 KM straight through the city. People are enjoying themselves there with running, soccer and others sports. But there also is a dog pool, and many idyllic places where people chill out. At the end (or start) of the park there is the “Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències”: the city of art and science. The buildings are architectural masterpieces from architect Santiago Calatrava. Although this was the second time I visited Valencia, I couldn’t get enough of it. We went back in the late evening to make some nice pictures.
Dogs of Valencia
In some towns, cats rule the animal population. But in Valencia, it seems that dogs rule the streets. Many people have a dog and not only the small ones. We saw many German shepherds. The citizens spoil their faithful hairy fellows and take them everywhere. They go shopping, drinking and running together. And when someone brings his/her puppy, you can hear the ‘cutie’ noises from enthusiastic people from a far distance. You would think there must be a lot of dog poo too. But most dog owners immediately take their ‘doggy poo bag’, and keep the streets clean. Joggers remove their dog’s ‘brownie’ and continue running with the bag of dog poo. Very tidy!
We walked from the Park into the city streets to find a place for lunch. We passed by Bar Congo. A brand new hotspot in town. The personnel are still finding out their flow and the furniture is brand new. It’s a funky, jazzy chill-out with a terrace. This bar is situated in a busy road, but we sat inside and it didn’t bother us. As the doors were open, we could catch some sun. Of our entire holiday, this was one of the most relaxing places. The lunch we had (squid and a sandwich) is nice and fresh. Another good thing: it wasn’t packed with tourists. We avoided the restaurants in the old city centre. We decided to go to Bar Congo a second time, where I finished this blog.
We ordered a bottle of Cava, some olives and anchovies. We shared some cava with a nice gentlemen next to our table, because it was too much. This is real holiday! The service is still a little nervous, but that will change I guess. However, I rate this bar with an 8.
No Yoghurt Ice Cream
After our jazzy time at Bar Congo, we walked to the City centre. Luckily it’s Sunday, which means it’s less crowded. We checked out the nice old North train station and the Arena. We also managed to resist the many yoghurt ice cream shops we passed along the way.
Goa tantra trance diner
Most restaurants open their doors from 21:00 hours. It is common for Valencian people to enter a restaurant for dinner at 23:00 hours or later. You get used to it within a few days. This evening, we reserved at restaurant Refugio (refuge). It’s a small, eclectic restaurant situated just outside the old city centre. Our friendly host welcomes us with his soft voice. I never had a waiter with tattoos all over his body and earrings with huge holes. From the small open kitchen, the sounds of booming trance filled the place. On the wall, there are tantra manga paintings from naked women. I never went to Thailand, but this restaurant was like a Goa full moon party. This is definitely something else, and I think it is amazing.
They have nice beers on their menu. I ordered a Delirium (my favourite Belgian beer). The kitchen is fusion with an experimental twist. The dishes are very big and tasty. Of course they use fresh products. We shared a fish salad (Ceviche) as a starter, as advised by our waiter. As a main course, we ordered a tuna steak with mango chutney and a vegetarian noodle dish. Both dishes blew our minds. What a nice flavours. Our desserts were soaked in rum and piña colada. Yummie.
When we finished our dinner, the chef came by for a little chat. We happily shook hands and thanked her for the incredible experience.