09.07.2011 33 °C
Llieda to Valencia on the train
Another early start,we needed to catch the train @ 6.23am,so off we went dragging our suitcases along the cobbled streets, not pleasing the locals I'm sure!
The train station was very quiet with only a few passengers and staff roaming the track. Overestimating the time to get to the stationed posed 2 lonely figures sitting on the bench on the platform, watching daylight gradually break.
With a last puff of their cigarettes, passengers and staff got on and we were on our way. 1 1/2 hours later we arrived in Tarragona. We got off the train bought our tickets for the next leg - €34 each, had breakfast and waited for 55minutes for our train to arrive.
The train looked very tired,but we were pleasantly surprised when we go on it was clean and the seats were comfortable. It must have been Senior's day many Nonnis on board with carry bags filled homemade goodies and bottles wrapped in plastic bags (probably homemade brew).
When we got on there was a Nonna in our seat,trying to explain to the Old Dear that she was sitting in the wrong seat was a lovely experience. Eventually we sorted it out,and for the next 5 minutes she continued to speak to me in Spanish and all I could do was smile and use lots of hand gestures. Finally she was exhausted and she fell asleep.
Arrived Valencia just on lunch time and luckily our hotel was across from the station and they let us check in early. Dropped our bags and scooted off to find tourist info, postoffice and laundry, all before they closed for siesta. Spent some time in queues but found the info we needed and went looking for the laundry which was tucked away in a little back street, in the old part of town. Lots of narrow alleys, combination of shops and apartments.
Back to the hotel and loaded up with bags of dirty laundry, hoping for no spillages or accidents on the way. The laundry was self serv laundromat and Internet cafe, so you can do email etc while the clothes are spinning. Went for a walk while they were drying and came to a large river-bed that has been turned into park land and sports fields, with a few local lads having a social game of soccer. Collected our now hot, clean clothes and deposited them at the hotel.
The centre of town is the old city with lots of old buildings and grand government buildings. Plenty of people around but not too busy, quite pleasant walking around really.
Cruised the main centre area, stopping for refreshments at one of the many cafes and having a Spanish style "hamburger" for tea.