Monday, January 16, 2017

Masías en Valencia

Masía -Casa de labor, con finca agrícola y ganadera, típica del territorio que ocupaba el antiguo reino de Aragón.

Just in case I forget that I live in Spain, I pass by these places on my bikes rides outside of Valencia. A masía is a farmhouse and must be a pretty old word because it stretches into the Provence region of France where mas (the word is mas in Valenciano as well) is still used to describe a rural dwelling. It's sad when I see one of these old places fall further into ruin but I suppose they can't all be bought up and turned into restaurants or places to hold wedding receptions.

I don't have much desire to live in the country a la Under the Tuscan Sun or A Year in Provence but maybe a weekend place would be nice. Most people here have homes in the villages of their ancestors. 
 The place looks like a nice fixer-upper with an artichoke field.

On this ride I had three (3, tres!) flat tires. Luckily I had a patch kit and was able to repair the tube (twice, I only had one spare tube) all without my reading glasses. It would have been a long walk home.

Abandoned. Fixer-upper?

Too much grass to mow.

No grass and plenty of free parking.

How to make a rural road as charming as possible.

This place above is 1.5K from my front door. Artichokes were just harvested. Next will be squash.

Friday, November 27, 2015


Metropol Parasol
What 300KPH looks like by train

Interior Gallery

¡Chicharrón, bitches!

Sevilla Style: The Gallery

Sólo en Teoría

What Wednesday at 2 pm looks like in Sevilla.

You may be in Andalucía if...

Monday, June 29, 2015

Bike Riding Around Valencia

These are photos from three or four lots of separate bike rides. I often take the metro from downtown Valencia so that I can stretch my reach on a day ride. The line to Lliria is a about 30K from Valencia and a great place to start on several different rides. From Lliria to Chulilla (one of the most beautiful villages you will find in Europe) is little less than 40K.  Or you can take the Turia River trail back to Valencia and it's all downhill. The beautiful castle at Benisanó is a short ride from the Lliria station.
Lliria 27SEP15
Lliria Metro Station

Benisanó Castle




Back in my hood; I deserve something after 90K.



Monday, August 04, 2014


Pepe: the reason I rarely bother to make a tortilla de patatas at home.
The sandwich is mozzarella, tomato, tzatziki, and alioli.
I found this wood box in the street and mounted it for oils and vinegars. I like free solutions to little problems.

My new tortilla press.

Fish fry
Pozole y Gorditas. If you want Mexican food in Spain you make it yourself.
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Coq au Vin


Paella Valenciana

Patatas Bravas

Saturday Market in Rocafort

Gazpacho Andaluz

Tortilla de patatas (with red onion so it looks funny)
Rice with wild mushrooms

Home cured bacon

Summer Tomatoes
Ramen? Pho?