Fortunately, I brought a few cameras with me, and am so glad I did, since some of the sights in Valencia were literally breathtaking, especially the new precinct designed by Santiago Calatrava, and the various regions of the city. I am going through the photos and trying to organize my thoughts, and will start posting shortly.
However, I must conclude for now by noting that there are certain days in one´s life that are unforgetable. One such day was in summer 2007 when we were in Jaiselmer India, and read on an old computer in a very, very hot internet cafe that our daughter had been accepted at UBC medical school....moments before heading off on a camel safari during which we became stranded in a wind and hailstorm in the desert.
Another such day was yesterday, when we awoke at 4:30 am or so, to catch the end of game 7 of the Stanley Cup finals, only to discover on Twitter that the game was over...Canucks had lost 4 to 0, and riots were starting in the streets of the downtown. We eventually went back to sleep, rising around 10 and walked over to the Calatrava ´city´, that was very close to our hotel in the new commercial area of the city. We managed to arrange a personal tour and were absolutely blown away by what we saw.
Later that day, after a wonderful long lunch in the beachfront area of the city, we headed off to bus station, from where we took a 2 1/2 trip to Javea.
Here we were picked up by a friend of our house exchange partner, who brought us to this magnificent villa, overlooking the ocean. We can walk down to the port area of town, which is lined with restaurants and very lovely looking shops and numerous real estate offices...since this is where many Europeans have purchased and built very beautiful and substantial villas on the hills overlooking the Mediterranean.
While I am very saddened by what happened in Vancouver, and the thought that the punks who seemed to get so much enjoyment from doing damage to our city continue to live with us....yesterday was a day we will always remember....now we look forward to a few weeks of relaxation and exploration in this magnificent part of the world.