Day nine is here and it is a holy day of recovery. The brilliant revelry from the night before has left most of us in various states of dishevelment. While not getting drunk myself I cannot skip out on sleep very easily and still be in the realm of functionality. The lack up consistent sleep so far on this trip has already drained my reserves so thankfully, and lovingly Red let me sleep in. I was brought breakfast in bed along with very strong coffee and it was only due to this that I was able to regain my humanity.
I find it appropriate that in this place, on this the new day of St. John, with all my negative energy washed away that it was my wife who restored me in the morning. The town was founded as Hemeroskopeion by the Greeks, later taken by the Romans the name became Dianium, named after the Goddess Diana. Today the town is known by the Moorish name for Diana, which is Denia. Diana was the goddess of the hunt, the moon, and nature. So it is only appropriate that my own personal Wonder Woman hunted through nature after the moons festivities to ensure the succession of this king.
With my crown restored we began the day. Due to the success of my new euro shorts last night and the fact they were covered in sand I returned to the shop to get a second pair. That along with a new light and breezy white shirt I was prepared for the rest of the day. We had a reservation at Ca Pepa Teresa for 2 PM so a repeat of the moving people in waves had to be done. The first wave arrived after a trip around the castle, through the goat trails they call streets, just behind an alleyway to the restaurant. Since it was on the Tapas walk no dropping people off in front. That with the tourist traffic took longer than expected so we picked up the second wave at 2 PM and after parking at the castle and taking the tunnel underneath to walk there we arrived at 2:30 PM. For Espana, this is on time. For burners in Espana, this is early.
After some confusion with the meal plan and Kevin having to use his principle voice in regards to the meal plan, he reserved with them lunch was on the way. Bread with garlic aioli for starters, then an amazing salad for the second course. The third course was a series of little Iberian style pizzas with various pastes, onions, spinach, pine nuts and of course a variety of ham and seafood. Then the main course was of two paella's one pescado and the other carne. It was beyond amazing. Just when I thought I couldn't eat anymore dessert came. There were a lot of desserts and Red could tell you better than I could what they are but I identified a chocolate mousse. tiramisu, lemon meringue pie, pumpkin and chocolate brownie, and something they called Crema de la Marina. I was in sugar heaven.
After the lunch and dinner, I took the first wave back to the apartments for a much-needed siesta. The second wave wanted to go shopping so after dropping everyone off I went back downtown to wait. While there I ran into a random pop up book fair, got to the atm and sat at a cafe with coffee while listening to my audiobooks. It was very meditative.
After the second wave joined us I took them by the Església de Sant Antoni de Pàdua. My favorite little cathedral in Denia. It was open for mass and confessional so we got to see inside. It's a small place with a beautiful square out front and a convent in the back. This was the first time I had ever gotten to see inside.
Finally, with everyone back to their spots, I went home to Red to pack and chill out. Later that night we had another beautiful handheld walk on the beach to visit with Kevin and Susan. Then a walk back to sleep.