To have one of your best friends getting married is exciting enough, to have them getting married in Spain…AMAZING! Valencia to be precise. So what else is there to do than to take four days off and fly out three days before the wedding to enjoy some sun, sea, cocktails and tapas.

Having never been to Valencia before, I didn’t know what to expect, but when I got there, I quickly decided it was one of the most beautiful places that I’d ever been to. The sandy beach went on for miles and as with all good beaches, a walk along the beach promenade allowed me to venture into the many different cocktail bars to test the local frozen margaritas.

The wedding was set in the Spanish mountains, the view was spectacular, the venue beautiful and overall it was a very happy and emotional day for everyone involved. Not to mention hot, it was a scorching 35 degrees!

To round off an already fantastic day, the Valencian food was incredible. After an assortment of stunning looking canapés to start with, I was able to sit down with friends and devour Mediterranean prawns in a spicy  garlic sauce, followed by a gin sorbet. Now I’m not a huge gin fan, but it was the perfect palate cleanser and was a very much needed refreshment in that heat! Pork in a rich red wine sauce came shortly after, but it was the dessert that topped it for me. Torrijas, a typical Spanish pudding. This is very similar to our bread and butter pudding, but soaked in wine and honey – to say that my appetite was satisfied is an understatement.

All in all, I had a fantastic time and I will definitely be going back to Valencia to explore more of the fine food,  the cocktail bars…and the culture of course!

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