Thursday, July 18, 2013

Madrid to Valencia

Last night we went out for a tapas dinner in Madrid starting at the Mercado de San Miguel; an amazing market where we quickly realised we needed to pace ourselves, both food and drink wise. The highlight was pimientos de padron - salted, oiled and fried green peppers, with beer, yum! After some iberico jam on, aranchini, more beer and sangria we wandered off and stopped in at a couple more places for a tortilla de patata, and some more iberico jamon and queso manchego (cheese) at a lovely place that had an awesome dog out the front. We finished the night with some churros with spanish hot chocolate. I think this was my favourite night out - the spanish definitely have the right idea about food and drinks!

Mercado de San Miguel

Pimientos de Padrón

Cheese and Sausage

Also... we're still alive, yay! This morning we hired a car and after a great amount of swearing and going around in circles managed to escape the crazy streets of Madrid.

On the way to Valencia we stopped at a town on the way called Cuenca, famous for it's overhanging houses built on cliff tops. We managed to find this beautiful view by accident, and stayed to enjoy it over a packed picnic lunch of iberico jamon and queso manchego.

Cuenca Overhanging Houses

Driving through the countryside was really relaxing, and driving in Valencia was a lot easier than Madrid. We're just about to head out for a paella dinner at the beach!

On the way to Valencia

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