Farewell 2011!

Saturday, December 31, 2011

Our goal during the day is to eat light because our celebration this evening at La Fórcola promises to deliver an amazing amount of food.  The fun begins at 9:00 with a welcome cocktail and meal service begins at 9:30 and will end after midnight with the traditional champagne and 12 uvas.  The ceremony of the 12 grapes is a longstanding Spanish tradition.  You are supposed to eat a grape at every one of the twelve strokes of the clock at midnight.  Each grape successfully ingested represents a month of happiness in the upcoming year.  This will mark the first time that we have participated in this practice.

Yesterday was a rather low-key day.  We went out in search of a recently published book entitled Judíos y Juderías en el Reino de Valencia, which seeks to document the history of the Jews here in Valencia.  It is published by the Generalitat de Valencia and is available in its bookstores and nowhere else.  It is a good looking replete with many color plates.  We look forward to reading it.  After paying for our purchase we stopped in at La Taberna de la Reina and had a drink and a tapa before we continued on our way home.

Soon after reaching home we headed out again.  Our destination was Mercadona and our goal was to replenish a number of staples.  When we had put everything away it was already 3:30 and we decided it was time for lunch.  We passed by the crepe restaurant, but it was closed.  We continued walking along Guillén de Castro until we discovered a very small restaurant called Lauditori.  We ordered the menu of the day.  We started with a very tasty salad with goat cheese, lettuces, carrots, walnuts and raisins.  I had the chicken breast as my main course and Susan chose the hake.  My dessert was flan and Susan tried the roast pumpkin.  After our coffee we headed back home and that is where we spent the rest of our day.

In the evening we watched an episode of “Inspector Lewis” that I had downloaded from iTunes.  It was refreshing to see a murder mystery that did not focus on bloody corpses and lab dissections.  We had a light supper before we sat down to watch TV and as soon as the program was over we headed for bed.

Here are some shots of Valencia at night that Susan captured on Thursday evening.

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