Saturday, March 9, 2013
The sun keeps playing peek-a-boo, but hopefully today will turn out to be a day without rain. We have a guitar concert this evening at 7:30 and at midnight we will be on a balcony overlooking the Plaza del Ayuntamiento to witness the midnight fireworks display. Michele, who is one of the servers at La Fórcola has rented an architect’s office and has invited customers and friends to join him for a prime seat, an open bar and some munchies. It’s 15 Euros per space, but I think it will be worth it on many levels – no pun intended.
Last evening Brian and Ofelia invited us to join them for some tapas followed by a visit to the light show that is at its brightest and most artful in the streets that surround their apartment. Zahava arrived only moments before we did and, unfortunately, Klaus was at home nursing a cold. We chatted while we munched on a most delightful array of goodies. Brian had set out an international buffet with samplings of dishes from India, the Middle East and points east and west.
A little after 9:00 we headed out and for the next two hours we watched as the various light displays did their thing, always accompanied by music. Our first stop was a replica of the London Bridge in lights and it is a display that goes on for blocks and blocks. Our next stop was the recreation of a ballroom within a palace. It was the first lighting of this display and to the tune of The Blue Danube Waltz various element of the display were lit and, as the song ended, the entire display was illuminated.
We paid a brief visit to Ofelia’s gallery so that Zahava could take a look and then we returned to Brian and Ofelia’s place for an after dinner drink, more conversation and a bit of magic. Around midnight Brian offered to drive us home, so we said our goodbyes to Ofelia and drove through the brightly lit streets of Valencia until we reached our place. It was close to 1:00 when we retired for the night.