OG Post: March 25th, 2017
Denia Day5 & 6 (Thursday and Friday)
Thursday after the late night of drinking and talking we all woke up late and had a slow start to the day. The only morning activity was some soaking of the sun on the Mediterranean beach and then a trip to the Asian market for some house supplies. After a simple meal of takeout, we went back and had some more time relaxing and a short siesta. Once that was knocked out we went and visited Rolf and Luana at the home they are remodeling. Just a short trip around El Montgo to Xabia. The house has a great view of El Montgo.
El Montgo Massif is a very dramatic mountain that rises sharply out of the valley. Lots of unusual flora and fauna around that region. From the Xabia side, they say Montgo looks like an elephant’s head and
trunk. I could see it easily with a really big cave for its eye. Looking at the house that Rolf is remodeling it’s really beautiful already. Lots of work still left to do but you could tell Rolf is a master craftsman. After hanging out for a little while we were back on our way to Denia and to some dinner.
We went over to some little beach shops we had stopped by earlier on the trip and did some souvenir shopping. One of the restaurants in
that area was on the international news during the storms they were getting here in January. It was right on the front of the beach and had nothing to block it from the action that was heading their way. We found a little pizza shop that Kevin and Susan had never tried so we thought we would give it a shot. Going through the menu I found a marina pizza. Reading through the ingredients it was a pizza topped with crab, mussels, tuna, and octopus. Since we were in an adventurous spirit already I thought what the hell, at least Red would like it. It got to our table and after the first bite, I was in love. It was a pretty amazing pizza and everything on it went well together.
Afterward, we took Kevin and Susan back to the house and Red and I went out to downtown. It was pretty late so most of the shops were starting to close but we still got a good walk in. We found a shop that was still open that had lots of handmade jewelry. We found several amazing pieces and some for Red and some for gifts. We continued our stroll along downtown and then came out on the marina. We walked out to the nightclub “Sounders”. This is a rooftop club out on the end of the marina. It’s a beautiful view back to downtown. However looks like the club doesn’t even open until midnight during the slow season. Still a beautiful walk through. We came back home to go to bed and I fell asleep thinking about seafood pizza.
Friday we woke up early and excited. It was market day. On Fridays around the Mercat Municipal in Denia, there is a street lined with vendors selling all the fresh fruit and veggies. It was really fun. We drove downtown and parked in the underground parking lot. It’s a two-story tunnel underground that spans most of the length of downtown. For 4 to 5 hours of parking, it was only 4.40 Euros. We went into the Mercat and had breakfast of squid on bread at Bar Bonanza along with beer and a cafe solo. One thing I learned is why the food is so good
here. UNESCO designated the City of Denia as a Creative City of Gastronomy. This explains the quality of the food here. The UnitedNations, Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization said these people are worldwide level creators of food. I believe it because I will cry during my first meal back in the US… Well, maybe not if it’s breakfast tacos.
After dinning, we walked through the Mercat and went to pick out some fresh fish. Then out on the street to pick up all the tasty veggies that were going to accompany the afternoon meal. After getting supplies we dropped them in the car and went back to the shops that Red and I saw last night that where closed. We went to a few of the
interesting ones and picked up more gifts for people back home. After all that we came back to the house and Red and Susan began preparing a
lunch of baked fish and steamed veggies and rice. It was very delicious
After a late lunch, we went out for some Bocce ball. For those who are not familiar with it. It’s the O.G. version of an English Bowles game, or kind of like, corn hole, shuffleboard, or horseshoes. The
difference is that there is on ball that is the “Jack”. This gets thrown and is now the target for the other balls to get the closest too. There are other rules and variations but we where playing a more relaxed site. In the park we where playing there was a bar, room for skating, a kids playground and public workout machines. We need a park with a bar in Austin. We really need it. While in the park there where a couple of kids who where obsessed with the balls we where playing with. The one year old came over to play with us and thought it was some kind of soccer. That kid at one had so much coordination for soccer I bet you we will see him playing on TV when we are older. They had just moved here from England.
After the park I went for a long walk on the beach and picked up some shells for Red. It had been a long full day and we all ended up turning in early.