Thursday, January 5, 2017

3 Kings

Thursday 5th January comes very quickly but not quick enough for the children as this is when they get their main Christmas presents from the 3 Kings who bore gifts to the baby Jesus.


It always seems strange that the day after the 6th January is a holiday then it's back to work as usual.


This means that the children normally don't have long to play with their new toys.


However, this year was much better as the event was followed by a weekend and the children go back to school on Monday morning after they have enjoyed their toys for a few days.


As usual we had the torchlit procession through the village following the Kings and their 3 Pages on the trailer pulled by a tractor from the salón next to the bar...


...through the Plaza Mayor...


...to the Church where the tractor turned...


...the Kings and their Pages posed...


...then got back onto the trailer...


...and everyone followed them back through the Plaza Mayor...


...and down the main street back to the salón next to the bar. 


This year we had fireworks by light from the moon.


The Kings and their Pages positioned themselves on the stage... 


...and everyone, young and old, eagerly waited while the names of the recipients were called out...


...to collect their presents.



Our presents came from our good friends Maria and Juan...


...who had made a special effort to be in the village for this occasion.


Maria is getting so good at taking group selfies!





Sunday, December 25, 2016

Merry Christmas everyone!


Church this morning. 21 people there including the priest...


...but not including the characters in the nativity scene!


Posing with our Christmas tree on our return.


Coffee time and time to open the presents...


...and I got the best Christmas jumper yet from Margaret's sister Eileen!


Then Christmas dinner after the Queen's speech on TV followed by a relaxing evening. Perfect!

Friday, December 2, 2016

A Michelin Star for our favourite restaurant!

We have been going regularly to l'Antic Moli Restaurant for a few years now and I have included it in this blog on a number of occasions. 


A week ago we learned that it had been awarded a Michelin star!


This was very well deserved in our opinion as we have praised the quality, originality and presentation of the food on several occasions.


However, it is not just the chefs and the food on the plates that deserve the star of quality - it must have been awarded to everyone involved including the waiters/waitresses, the suppliers of the meat, vegetables and wine, even the cleaners and the laundry company as everything and everone work together to provide a great experience.


Today the restaurant was packed - maybe it's an end of the week thing especially as this weekend is extended to include Monday and Tuesday as holidays.


For the first dish Margaret had the mozarella salad with jamón de pato, I had the fideuà...


...and for the second dish Margaret had pork fillets with mushrooms, I had the rabbit and vegetables. Included is postre, a sweet course, bread, a bottle of wine and a bottle of water and all for €12.50 per person. Superb!

Thursday, November 10, 2016

l'Antic Moli

Lunch today was at one of our favourite restaurants, l'Antic Moli which is situated just outside Sant Rafel del Riu and is actually on the border of Catalunya and Valenciana.


We always choose the Menú del Diá, excellent value at €12.50 as it includes a bottle of wine, water and bread. My starter was lentil soup with cod...


...and Margaret had the chicken salad.


My second course was pig's cheek with 14 snails - delicious! Margaret had cod then lemon sorbet for sweet, I had the tiramisu.


You don't get dishes like these in ordinary restaurants but this is not an ordinary restaurant.


We've been to this restaurant many times and I am sure we will be back many more. The menu is never the same and the standard of cooking lives up to their slogan - With the senses, the experience of good eating.

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Venice

Yet another extra hour in bed as the clocks were turned back overnight!


The ship arrived around mid-day but the excursion didn't get underway until after lunch at 13.30 when we boarded a shuttle boat to take us to the city quayside.


We headed through the extremely busy walkway and over a couple of bridges crossing canals flowing into the sea to the Piazza San Marco...


...where we visited the Saint Mark's Basilica. I really don't know why you are not allowed to take photos or video in such places. I now have nothing to remember this part of the visit by.


Next door to the Basilica is the Doge's Palace, (the Doge being the supreme authority of the Republic of Venice,)  and here you are allowed to take photos and video...


...and what an incredible building both inside and out it is. One advantage of an organised excursion is that in both the Basilica and the Palace we were able to bypass the very long queues of visitors and just go straight in.


Here we are in front of The Giants' Staircase with Mars and Neptune on guard at the top.


In the photo above is the ceiling of the Golden Staircase which links the Doge's private apartments to the public rooms.


The ceilings of the rooms in the Palace are wonderful featuring works of art by the most famous painters of the time beautifully framed by very ornate carving. Each room is better than the previous one - breathtaking!



We walked over the Bridge of Sighs in the photo above on our way from the Palace on the left to the New Prisons built in 1614.


After our visit we explored Saint Mark's Square with the Basilica and the clock tower of 1499 behind us.


It was getting dark pretty quickly but the canals looked lovely...


...as did the silhouette of the buildings.


Back on board it was time for our last evening meal of the cruise with our friends Maria-Luisa and Ricardo.


What a week of unforgettable experiences!

If you want to see a slideshow of the photos from the complete trip, click HERE.

If you want to see my video of the complete trip, click HERE.