Monday, 28 November 2016

Valencia

We leave Keith & Chris at the Delta and head off towards Valencia but first seeking out an Aire not used by us previously but promised much
Alas it was not to be as the heavens opened up and it rained heavily as we entered the hills near Ondo
Torrential rain followed and when we made the stopover it was clear there was no way we'd get out of the rapidly flooding site at the bottom of a rather steep access road next morning


Common sense prevailed but the only way to turn the rig round was to drive another 8km to find a turning point. This meant even more ascending up the flooded hillside roads and when we saw a series of rocks fall in front of the van as we travelled things got very twitchy inside the cab...

We made it thankfully down to a flat industrial estate where we found a 'quiet' spot for the night to ride it out. Unfortunately things got worse...
We were safe and not in danger from mudslides, rockfalls and the like but the lightning and very loud thunder arrived coupled with very heavy rain. Storms rage for a half hour or so and then they move on. Not this one. It stayed above us for the entire night shaking the van with shock waves from the thunder and lighting things up like the 5th November...

Next day I inspected what was now a clean van & trailer thanks to the rain and we moved off tiredly to Valencia Camper Park


Max takes us in to Valencia amidst grey skies and we park up and wander the lovely streets. This is the Mercado where its closed today but usually home to a very lively and bustling indoor market



The Bank of Valencia


Fine embroidery & lacework







Even the roller shutters are interesting...



Paella pans on display






'High tea' was beer and tapas at a favourite bar of ours in the old sector



Bullring & rail station



Really like it here. Classy architecture blends well with modern shops





Rounding off the day we take in some local brew which hits the spot nicely after the trauma of the twilight hours...