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"Los tres soles"

La albufera de Valencia todo un regalo para la vista.


This famous laguna south of València is an important wetland, and birds of passage love to feed in its surrounding rice fields. People like to eat here, too: the village of El Palmar, more or less surrounded by L’Albufera, has been transformed from a collection of reed-thatched fishermen’s huts into an agglomeration of restaurants, each trying to outdo the others with the magnificence of its paella valenciana. You come here, therefore, to watch birds through binoculars and then, when the sun has set, to study menus with equal intensity. It is sometimes very difficult to move after one of these gargantuan feasts of rice, game birds and seafood. Fortunately for the comatose (although not for resident birds), there is a surfeit of nearby beach hotels along the strip of land between the laguna and the sea; in any of these you can sleep off the effects of a too-rich paella and be none the worse for it the next day.

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Additional Photos by Jose Manuel (anakin) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 554 W: 63 N: 528] (2775)
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