On Monday it was back to work for Ann & Brian and back to school for the boys, so we were on our own for our last full day in Valencia!
The first order of business was a visit to a yarn/craft shop in the neighborhood.
Trusty Google Maps got us there.
There was a street market happening on the way. It was mostly clothing — some old, some new — and must only happen weekly or monthly, because there was no sign of it the next day.
Our destination was Lokita Botones. Ann had told me about it earlier, and it was only a few blocks from their apartment!
I forgot to take photos on Monday, so these are from Tuesday, before they opened, on our way to the train station (we took the long way). Isn't that adorable, though?
There was a little bit of everything — handmade clothing & totes, yarn, fabric, ribbon, knitting & sewing supplies — you know what I'm talking about. It was adorable, and it was in Spain! I came away with a ball of cotton yarn, a tote, and a big interesting button.
These were some of my favorite pieces. (I see knitting!) Those first two pieces were huge — the people in the images almost life-size.
We met up with Maddy again and — surprise! — we visited another cathedral. This time, it was the Cathedral of Valencia — home of many amazing works of art, the arm of Saint Vincent of Saragossa, and the Holy Grail. We paid for the self-guided tour, which included an audio guide, and we were not disappointed. It is beautiful, inside and out.
Words fail me.
The preserved arm of St. Vincent.
Works by Goya
The Holy Grail right there!
Skulls & bones!
It was definitely worth the price of admission, and I highly recommend it if you're ever in Valencia!
I don't remember the exact order of things, but we had a lovely tapas lunch — during which we watched two men walk by carrying an enormous pan of paella between them — and found our way to Torres de Serranos, the city gate.
We made dinner together at home that evening — tacos! And then went out for ice cream. The girls & I had been enjoying a gelato a day (sometimes two) on this vacation… bakery & ice cream were never hard to find, no matter where we were!
Oh boy… Believe it or not, this was the smallest of the confections at our table! Turns out, though, that most of it is "whipped cream" with a couple of scoops of ice cream plopped on top + various toppings and, at least to our tastes, that stuff was only palatable in very small doses. (Kind of yuck.) (But that picture menu had us all starry-eyed!!)
We amused ourselves…
Self-explanatory — the boys' work!
Everybody's on Snapchat now (except Brian)!
It was a wonderful last day! There are no firm plans yet, but I am definitely looking forward to a return visit…
Good night, Valencia!!