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Spain 2010: Valencia, Paella, Mediterranean

Posted Mar 03 2010 9:00am

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Valencia was beautiful, too. In fact, I’m pretty sure I loved every city we visited in Spain ;) It was just such a beautiful place!

Cathedrals everywhere, ancient architecture, mosaics, stained glass…I loved it all!

And Valencia had some great things to offer, including touching the Mediterranean!

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It may not have been pretty outside, but I can still say that I touched it ;)

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And, after putting our hands in the water and taking pictures, we headed to a little restaurant right on the beach for the best meal we had on our trip.

Paella!

We stared out with bread (with salsa and garlic butter), salad, calamari, mussels, and sangria.

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These mussels were the best I’ve ever had! They were so sweet and steamed perfectly.

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Not to mention, super fresh!

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For the main meal, we decided to try 2 different paellas: The Valenciana, which had chicken and rabbit, and a Mixed Seafood one that had shrimp and calamari.

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This dish was so big! I wish I could show how huge it was in real life – it was supposed to serve 4,  and we put a pretty big dent in it, but it was still a lot of food.

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Food blogger in training? ;)

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The rice at the bottom of the paella pans was super crispy and delicious. I really wish I would have bought a real Paella pan while we were in Valencia. I saw them in a bunch of markets, and they had ones that were even bigger than the size we had!

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The chicken and rabbit Paella also had these huge green and white beans! Yay for vegetables! I was seriously lacking on this trip.

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I’d say we did a pretty good job of clearing out the dishes ;)

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For dessert, the waiter brought out 2 plates with a little of everything they had to offer.

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Those plates didn’t last long, and neither did our coffee.

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We were all really happy (and full!) after this meal, so we took the bus back into the main part of town and walked around a bit more.

Luckily, we found another old city gate :) These things are everywhere!

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(Thanks to Nick for these pictures!)

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We saw some of the coolest views of the city from up here.

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We also got to tour a cathedral in Valencia – it was pretty amazing, but not as huge as the one in Toledo. But we did get to take a few pictures!

These cathedrals were just incredible.

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Our day in Valencia was definitely worth the 3 hour train ride. The ocean, the meal, the city, the orange juice!!! Yes, those “valencia” oranges are from Valencia. I’m really not sure if I can have any other orange juice again…it was the more fresh, tart, sweet, juice-y orange juice I’ve ever tasted. I’m not sure anything can compare now that I’ve had it straight from the oranges in Valencia.

Our last 1/2 day in Valencia (before heading back to Madrid to end our trip) was full of fun stuff, too.

Next – and last!:

  • The bull ring
  • Market

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