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Europe Spring 2024: Valencia wine bars (+ one brew pub)

Europe Spring 2024: Valencia wine bars (+ one brew pub)

La Patrona We had an hour to kill before our apartment was available and this was one of the only Russafa wine bars open in the later afternoon. It was warm in the sun so we grabbed a table outside and ordered two glasses each. Eric: blac de engueara + gewurztraminer;...

Europe Spring 2024: Valencian paella

Europe Spring 2024: Valencian paella

We visited 3 paella-specific restaurants while in Valencia. It's traditionally a leisurely lunch meal with family and friends on weekends but we did have it for dinner once. Important to note that places charge by the portion (1 person = 1 portion) and usually there...

Europe Spring 2024: Valencia restaurants

Europe Spring 2024: Valencia restaurants

As one can imagine, we visited a lot of restaurants in the month+ we stayed in Valencia, even if we did eat at home most nights. There were many options right outside our door in Rusafa, and we did venture further out for some special meals in other districts too....

Europe Spring 2024: Russafa neighborhood memories

Europe Spring 2024: Russafa neighborhood memories

We have a lot of good memories from our month in the Russafa neighborhood. Just about anything we could possibly need could be found within a few blocks, including two large grocery stores and dozens of restaurants and bars. And just one block away was the Mercat de...

Europe Spring 2024: Valencia gardens

Europe Spring 2024: Valencia gardens

Valencia has as a lot of different gardens, some simply between streets, others as large formal gardens. Jardín del Turia The famous former Turia riverbed is now a large, winding park for the city. It has a little of everything including flowering bridges, orange...

Europe Spring 2024: La Semana Santa Marinera de València

Europe Spring 2024: La Semana Santa Marinera de València

One of the memorable moments from our 2022 visit to Valencia was stumbling across the Our Lady Of The Forsaken Festival while trying to go for a drink (never made it to that bar...). Our 2024 stay started before Easter, i.e. Holy Week, and we figured the old town...

Europe Spring 2024: Valencia apartment

Europe Spring 2024: Valencia apartment

Finding an apartment for a month in Valencia wasn't difficult, but narrowing the choices down definitely took us some time. We started with neighborhoods of interest - on our 2022 trip we had stayed by the market in the heart of the old town, and felt that it would be...

Europe Spring 2024: introduction + flights

Europe Spring 2024: introduction + flights

We have long wanted to try an extended stay in Europe, but previously stuck to 1-2 week long trips due to our dogs. Finding ourselves dog-free for the first time in 15 years we decided to finally try a remote-working stay, and ultimately booked ourselves an apartment...

Our Itinerary

2024 Trips

San Diego, CA (Jan)
Sarasota, FL (Feb)
Madrid, Spain (Mar)
Valencia, Spain (Mar+Apr)
Palma, Mallorca (Apr)
Croatia (May)
Long Island, NY (July)
Faroe Islands (Aug)
London, UK (Sept)
Bari, Italy (Sept)
Rome, Italy (Oct)
Frankfurt, Germany (Oct)
Grand Rapids, MI (Nov)

2022 Trips

Florida (Feb)
NC Mountains (Apr)
Washington DC (Apr)
Valencia, Spain (May)
Hilton Head, SC (May)
Pacific NW (Jun)
Long Island (Jul)
Florida (Sept)
Chicago (Sept)
Poland (Sept)
NC Mountains (Nov)
Euro Xmas Markets (Dec)

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Eric and Leandra in Orient Point, NY :)

Hello! This website chronicles the travel adventures of a computational biologist and a WordPress website developer (with past entries of our 😇 rescued mini schnauzers, Riesling and Pasha).

We’ve steadily increased our travel over the last several years and that is the focus of our blog currently, but you can read older ‘daily life‘ and ‘canine‘ posts by clicking on those links.

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Eric and Leandra in Orient Point, NY :)