On my last day in Valencia, I put a priority on seeing the famous Mercato Central. It was just a few blocks from my apartment. The above picture is how it looks from the outside. It opened in 1928 and is said to have about 900 food stalls. I have never seen anything quite like it. One of the most interesting stalls to me was one selling valuable smoked meats with the actual cure dates showing:
I then went to nearby area where I had seen some department stores as I was thinking about shopping. I didn't find what I was looking for, so headed back toward my apartment. Along the way, I saw a restaurant called 100 Montaditos. There is a 100 Montaditos a few blocks from my home back in DC, so I was interested. It was still too early for lunch, but I had a coffee. Back home, I did a little research and 100 Montaditos is a Spanish chain. In the United States, they are in DC and Florida! Comparison of logos is in order:
|District of Columbia-Yards Park|
|Valencia--in the Ciutat Vella (Old City)|
I would love to have put those side-by-side, but couldn't get them to do it. The geography is just too far apart, I guess.
I continued on to a museum I had read about, called "L'Almoina." I had looked for it a few days earlier, but it was closed. I am so glad I persisted. It is an archeological dig site and provides an historical review of the city of Valencia. I have to admit that I should have done some research before going because it was hard to put what I was seeing into context. Also, most of the signs were in Spanish; actually, Valencian. As an art object, my favorite thing was a terra cotta mask from the second or third centuries AD.
I was overwhelmed by the history which covered Visigothic, Roman, Moorish, and Christian eras. One particularly compelling part of the site was a well which I think is considered Visigothic:
It was a nice finale to my "Trip to Spain." Actually, the real finale was a late lunch at a nice restaurant on the plaza. It was siesta time for most people, so not too busy! My glass of wine while I waited:
Back to my apartment and getting ready for plane trip tomorrow. All went well on the trip back home.