A Weekend in the country

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Country House (Home away from Home)

We made our way by car in the morning from Valencia to Betera. On arriving I thought this was especially nice as I had the opportunity to spend some time with Juan and Gena in their family country house outside of city life. This was a welcomed retreat for me after a week in the Big and Busy city of Barcelona. We had some excellent paella one afternoon. You can purchase it in the local restaurants, complete with the pan it is cooked in, and when finished, return the pan later. There were all sorts of paella dishes to choose from and Juan and gena ordered one of their favorites. It was the ‘real-deal’ paella, so to speak and more authentic than what I had seen in looking for a place to sample it on Las Ramblas in Barcelona a few days earlier.

Paella
 If this was not enough, it was followed by a wonderful home cooked dinner that night. One of the dishes, the potato pie, was out of this world wonderful. The next day was relaxation with a meal and gathering outside for lunch before returning to the city. Inside the weekend there was conversation, sharing as friends, playing chamelo (domino), excellent meals, working in the garden, watching Nicka and Tekla roam free and just enjoying life. I had a great appreciation for this slice of real life outside of touring around and visiting various sights. It was quite special for me. I feel in this way I experienced more of the life in Spain with my friends in Valencia in these weekend days than I did in a week in Barcelona. My most sincere gratitude to the hospitality of my hosts - Thank you Juan and Gena! I hope to return one day and enjoy the country life here again sometime. Fresh air, good friends, good food, fun times, rest and relaxation.

 

spocklogic says:
It was great to experience this dish in Spain. This is the real deal here and serious business. All kinds of Paella with many possible combinations of ingredients.
Posted on: May 18, 2012
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Country House (Home away from Home)
Country House (Home away from Home)
Paella
Paella
Perfect Paella pose
Perfect Paella pose
Well enjoyed (pie plate pose)
Well enjoyed (pie plate pose)
Nicka and Tekla - in the country
Nicka and Tekla - in the country
Dinner at the country house
Dinner at the country house
Potato-Pie (Scary smile)
Potato-Pie (Scary smile)
Juan and Mom - comfort
Juan and Mom - comfort
Mom & Gena in the Gardens
Mom & Gena in the Gardens
Gena - Gardener extraordinaire
Gena - Gardener extraordinaire
Gena the Gardener
Gena the Gardener
Afternoon lunch in the country
Afternoon lunch in the country
Juan, Gena & Me - country comfort
Juan, Gena & Me - country comfort
Family Life in Betera - Juan, Gena…
Family Life in Betera - Juan, Gen…
Nicka & Tekla - What a life, eh?
Nicka & Tekla - What a life, eh?
Juan - Outstanding in his field!
Juan - Outstanding in his field!
Country Home Grounds I
Country Home Grounds I
Country Home Grounds II
Country Home Grounds II
Country Home Grounds III
Country Home Grounds III
Betera
photo by: spocklogic