Sunday, 21 January 2018

Barcelona, Spain (Barcelona Hilton – Avinguda Diagona)

Was up early so I could have breakfast before getting ready for the 10:00 train to Valencia. An advantage for getting up early is seeing an amazing and beautiful sunrise over the skyline of Barcelona and the Mediterranean.

For whatever reason, I wanted to arrive at the train station early. And I did. The taxi ride was less than 10 minutes and I walked into the station about an hour before the train was scheduled to depart.

After waiting for a little over 30 minutes, we were allowed to board the train. I found my seat and settled in. The train departed right at 10:00 and we were on our way.

I started a mini-project to pass the time on the train. I’m updating my list of questions and answers about my travels. I did this last year and thought it was time to do it again. The train ride today is a little over three hours and it gave me something to do, and also an exercise that helps me define my experience as a traveler. I’ll publish the Q & A in a few days.

As we approached Valencia, I saw groves of orange trees and took a picture. Not a great picture through the train window, but when I hear the name Valencia, I think of oranges. I did some research and discovered that our Valencia oranges, first developed in California, were named after the sweet oranges grown in Valencia, Spain.

The taxi ride to the hotel was very short since the station and the hotel were both near the old part of the city. The Caro Hotel where I’m staying is a small 26 room hotel built inside an old city palace that combines the old with the new. I was assigned to the Wall Room.

Link to Wall Room

Very interesting to have an old wall as part of the room, but it somehow works and I settled in quickly before taking a nap. I must have been real tired because I took a two-hour nap.

Was given some treats by one of the staff, but had to send it back. Looked good, but I had to apologize. They asked if they could bring me something tomorrow and I asked if they could bring me some fruit instead.

I got up and realized that I needed something to eat. I was told everything in the mini-bar was free so I helped myself to a few snacks before going for a walk. The hotel is definitely in the old part of town and found myself walking down a number of narrow streets and enjoyed the walk as it started to get dark.

I wasn’t all that hungry, so I bought a chicken sandwich from Starbucks and headed back to the hotel. I took pictures of a nearby church the hotel.

Church

Caro Hotel

After I published an update to my blog, I watched videos on YouTube and Netflix. Around 10:00 I couldn’t keep my eyes open and went to bed.

Tomorrow, I’ll walk around this part of the city and will make arrangements for a Segway tour on Tuesday. Think I’ll like it here.

 

 

 

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