Yesterday we took the day off.  I love that on these extended trips we can take whole days to be lazy, relax, and plan the coming days.  Our latest idea is a 3 day excursion to Valencia.  I made an airbnb reservation for 2 nights, and bought train tickets.  Why Valencia?  Well, there will surely be a winter after this one, right?  Valencia has most of the advantages of Barcelona, but it’s a little warmer, and maybe a little cheaper (though we have been pleasantly surprised by the reasonable prices here).  Other than that, we didn’t do much, other than walking around a little, looking for places where Mary might get her hair done.

We walk a lot, in all kinds of neighborhoods, and I’m always looking for picture opportunities.  So, here are some random pics.  These are from old town.

 

 

 

This is a vertical garden created on a fence around a schoolyard near our apartment.

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We’ve also been searching out the best beer in Barcelona.  Mary looks content with her pint at Kaelderkold, a place with lots of craft beers, including half a dozen good ones from Denmark.

 

This is a favorite bar in Sants, not far from us.  Good beer, and great tapas!

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This statue of Poseidon is at a little park near Homo Sibaris.  I can never think of Poseidon without smiling about the wonderful little story by Kafka.  I guarantee it’s worth your time to follow the link and read.

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And finally, a pic that expresses how it sometimes feels to be an American in Spain.

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And yes, there really are wild parrots here competing with the pigeons for bread scraps.

We ended our lazy day by watching the Barca – Valencia game on tv.   We are actually close enough to Camp Nou to hear the fans from our back terrace.

 

Barca dismantled Valencia’s defense with a 7 – 0 victory.  Not only a lazy day, but a triumphant lazy day!