There are lots of day trips that you can take without a car from Valencia. The public transport in Spain is efficient and convenient. We are a short walk from the main train station in Valencia and decided to take a quick ride down the coast to check out the town of Gandia.
Valencia is top of our list right now as a potential home base for the year or two, but it's a city of a million people and there are a variety of neighborhoods we could choose to live in. During this five month stint in the city we have been test-driving two of the most popular barrios to see which suits us best.
Well we've been pretty quiet the last few weeks. In fact this is the longest time we haven't blogged since we started The Scenic Route. There's no specific reason but more a combination of them. The main one is that I have been pretty busy with work which is kind of weird for to say.
So pretty much since our first week in Valencia in Spring, we knew that we wanted to come back here. So here we are and we have decided to stay until November and get to know this city that we have fallen for in more depth.
As well as the food we described in our last post, the Emilia-Romagna area of Italy is famous for something else that Italy is famous for around the world. Speed! Lamborghini, Maserati, Ducati and Ferrari all are based in this area.
Italy is arguably the king of countries when it comes to gastronomy so what Bologna, the supposed food capital of Italy, would have to offer the hungry traveler has to surely be the stuff of dreams.
Luckily there were no end of gorgeous towns to visit with an hour or two's drive from home base. Here are a few of the pictures we took, maybe you'll see why we felt the love for this amazing corner of Europe.
In June of 2014 we sold our San Diego home and everything in it and started traveling full time. The last three years have been an amazing experience.
The place was amazing, not our usual budget AirBnB standard, we had a pool, huge terrace, gourmet kitchen and a farm to play in. We got to pick our own vegetables and have fresh eggs to feast on. Our hosts gave us a tour of the farm where we got to pet donkeys and taste their amazing cannoli.
We spent a fantastic week in Madrid, just wandering the neighborhoods and getting a feel for the pulse of Spain's capital city. During the week we sampled multiple neighborhoods to get a feel for the different sides to the city.
After 5 weeks in the city we are in a much better position to decide if Lisbon stays on the potential home list or not. Lisbon is a fascinating city with a rich and colorful history and like everywhere there were a number of pluses and minuses for us.
We had heard good things about Portugal's second city Porto a few hundred kilometres north of Lisbon so decided it was worth a trip there. We weren't disappointed.
After many years living in the states, we had forgotten what a busy holiday Easter is in Europe. It's a time when everyone gets out of dodge and heads somewhere else for the long weekend. Apparently lots of people from Lisbon leave town to visit elsewhere, but I have to believe that twice as many people visit from somewhere else to take their place.
Even though we are not ready to put down roots yet, we are potentially looking for a home base from which to explore more in 2018, so we are weighing up all of our options.
Traveling by train is always fun, the client's business area was interesting and the chance to connect with an old friend was irresistable. So Iain and I used out best Spanish to get the tickets for the right train and headed along the Mediterranean coast to Nice - our base for a couple of days.