|The Orchestra Hall at the City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia, designed by Calatrava and Canela|
The next morning we ventured out to find the Fine Art Museum where the painting of Joaquim Sorolla Bastide are hanging in a new salon dedicated to his work. This is specifically why we went to Valencia. We found the exhibit but were disappointed by the fact that it was mostly his portrait work which is not what he is most famous for. He grew up in Valencia but most of his well known work is in Madrid. Then we walked along what was formerly the river and now a sunken garden that runs through the city, Jardin Turia, to the City of Science and Arts which is made up of all these spectacular modern buildings which house the Music Hall, the Orchestra Hall, the IMAX, the Aquarium and the Science Museum. After about seven miles of walking in awe, we hopped on a bus and rode back to the old city center, hopped off and toured the Modern ARt Museum of Valencia.
|Aceitunas a la Mercado Central|
We also had great seafood paella in Ampora, south of Barcelona on the coast, at La Pinyana. I tried the pasta version called Fidealla (sp?)...not as good as the rice. Leaving Valencia we drove through the dormant rice field marshes. They offer these meals called 'plate of the day' in which you choose a first course (usually soup, salad, pasta, etc.), second course (baked fish or paella, etc.), pastry (sorbet, tiramisu, creme catalan, etc) and two drinks (coffee, wine etc.). Usually about $15 for all.
Last night we stayed in this charming Hotel Tossal L'Altea, formerly an olive oil pressing plantation, on the edge of Altea, with a view out our window of the Mediterranean.
Today we head to Granada and the Alhambra.