Tips Trip – The Spanish Solutions girls go to Valencia
Over the past years, our team has saved all of the small tips that kind clients leave us and put them together to pay for two budget apartments in Valencia for a night for the team to have a weekend away together.
Nine out of ten Spanish Solutions girls made it; Amanda Thomas, Ana Barbadora, Eva Gilmartin, Gema Monera Jan Campbell, Jo Garcia Philips, Poli Borosova, Sandra Ricarte and Silvia Sanchez, as unfortunately Nicola Ryan could not come.
We thought you would be interested to see a little of our trip, and us enjoying ourselves and taking a break together outside of work.
We made an early start in two cars and set off on our 2 and a half hour drive north to Valencia. We had chosen to stay very centrally near the town hall and the apartments were perfect in this street below, although the waiters in the cafe outside seemed to be seriously grumpy, and in the evening even tried to charge 18€ for two gin and tonics saying the best brand had been ordered, which it hadn’t!
We started off walking through the city to two markets, one converted to a pleasant area with bars and restaurants, where we stopped for coffee and a chat, and then on to the other one; the Mercado Central, which was full of stalls selling fish and seafood, meat, fruit and vegetables, gourmet products and even wine. It was a fantastic place, perfect for browsing. As that closed in the early afternoon, we found a café and of course had to enjoy an authentic Valencian paella!
After that we wandered a bit more, enjoying the splendid architecture and for the last couple of hours the girls split, some opting for shopping and others for the fantastic Ceramic Museum http://www.mecd.gob.es/mnceramica/en/home.html.
This is a stunning building, a palace that dates from the 15th century, and was refurbished in 1740 in rococo style with a magnificent alabaster entrance. Inside, there are 18th-century carriages, 19th-century rooms, medieval ceramics and an important collection of tiles.
After that it was back to base for showers, getting changed and out to dinner at an Italian restaurant. As you can see we were enjoying ourselves.
The next day some of the girls had to get back home for children and commitments, whereas the rest of us went to the Cabañal area and watched some of the Palm Sunday Easter processions and then found a place we can really recommend called Casa Montaña, which is the oldest bar/tapas place in the whole of Valencia. http://www.emilianobodega.com/en/ .
It was established in 1836 and we really recommend a visit. It is also walking distance to the lovely beach but do be careful if you go there with some of the neighbourhoods around there. Our last stop was the beautiful long promenade and beach where we rested a while and chatted to an English lady who had lived in Spain for 37 years, who was like us watching the world go by and enjoying the sunshine.
So once again, a final thank you to all our lovely customers who made this super weekend possible and we will continue to do our best for you as always.
Amanda and the Spanish Solutions girls.