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Our first Paella, a must in the food department when traveling in Spain. Many restaurants will only cook the dish for multiple people. Such was the case in Old Town Malaga, where we toured after picking up our friend, Jane at the airport. It's cook in a special Paella pan that looks like a cast iron skillet with 2 handles and seems to be a dish you do not order if you're pressed for time. We noticed on several menu's it would indicated it might take 30 minutes once ordered.
The first time we ordered it, we all 3 shared it and had too much food with the fact that we also order shared kabobs. According to Wiki, Paella is a main dish of the mid 19th century from a lagoon in Valencia, Albufera (on the East coast of Spain). It's an Valencia Rice Dish, a Catalan Dish. It can be fish, rabbit, duck or vegetables. We ordered it twice in our travels, and saw it served many other times. We noticed some difrferences. Our first go round was difficult to eat, because all the seafood was still in it's shells. You can see how wet, soupy the meal is. Trying to hold onto a Lobster tail, snail, prawn etc to get the meat out was very difficult. I ended up wearing some on my scarf and I believe Jane did as well. I neglected to get the name of where we dined on that first day with Jane, as we were all pretty jacked up and talking a mile a minute.
The 2nd time it was order, was less oily, less soupy and the sea food was nicely already removed from the shells. This was also made as a one person meal...though was too large for one person. Jane ordered this the second time and said it was much nicer not fighting to get the meat out, better tasting and all together a better meal. This was ordered in Marbella at a restaurant right next to Marriott's Marbella Beach Resort where we staying. The restaurant, Merendero Cristina. I'll blog more about it later...but the short story is, we ate there twice because it was soooooooo good.
**Suggestion, make sure you ask how it's prepared when you order Paella**
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A bike rack
For Viu Bicing in Barcelona. Today is the letter V as we move through our A-Z challenge (if you want a V location post, here's several for Virginia...Richmond, Monticello, Arlington National Cemetery, Williamsburg, and more.
We saw these strange bikes everywhere while we were in Barcelona. Viu Bicing is a bike sharing program that began in March of 2007 in Barcelona. It has moved about Europe, to Germany, Netherlands, and Italy as a means to reduce traffic and carbon dioxide emissions in busy cities, reduce noise and it seems to be very popular. You purchase a pre-paid smart pass annually, and with a swipe of a card can slide a bike out to use. They are meant for short distances, to supplement public transportation for the locals.
There are 420 stations and close to 100,000 members in Barcelona. Vodafone (a mobile wallet app) is now involved giving members the ability to track their distance, average speed, and emissions saved. The first 30 minutes of use are …
Look at this beautiful bright aqua blue Iguana. I can't imagine you could miss this one as it slithers quickly across the hot bricks pool side. You know how hot cement and bricks are on your barefeet? These creatures love heat, in fact if you watch them you'll see they hunker down while resting so their belly touches the pavement. They get as close as they can to the hot surface to absorb as much of the heat at they can. I spotted this one coming towards my chair. Once I got the photo, I moved the chair a bit which caused it to go elsewhere. Thank you very much. Anyone who knows me, knows I'm not a big animal lover. In fact, I'm afraid of lots and lots of animals and creatures. this one was about 18 inches long. This big green Iguana was over 2 foot long and apparently likes to have it's picture taken. This is a male, I don't know the gender of the above blue one. You can see this one isn't spotted like the blue one, has a striped tail and thorny…
Story Mound is a State Memorial off Allen Avenue at Delano Avenue in Chillicothe, Ohio. The archaelogical preserve is somewhat visible near the Middle School on Arch Street (formerly the old HS). Chillicothe is rich in Indian history. Mound City Group, the more famous area is a National Memorial with much to see regarding The Hopewell Indians.
This mound, measures 19.5 feet tall and is 95 feet in diameter. It's fenced and so I wasn't able to walk around it to get a better feel for the size. This is an Adena Indian Mound. The Adena Indians inhabited the area between 800 BC and 100 AD. The mound is slightly smaller then it was originally. It measured 25 feet in height and 125 feet in diameter before it was partially excavated in 1876 by Clarence Loveberry for The Ohio Historical Society. It sits on just under one acre of land. Beneath the mound are traces of a round timber building; the first documentation of this type of structure for the Adena people.