Day 21 - Friday 18 September 2015
This was our last day in Valencia so we woke up around 9am and spent a couple of hours packing up our things and cleaning up the apartment. We had accumulated quite a few things (and just packed too much in the beginning) so we were juggling things between cases hoping we would be under the weight limit.
Once we got everything together we had to walk with our suitcases back to the car. When we got there the immobiliser wouldn't work for some reason, we opened the door with the key instead but the alarm started going off. We had left a lot of heavy things in the car initially and needed to sort those out too but because the car park was underground it was really hot and we were both feeling a bit tense so decided to leave it for later & get going.
We had gotten a parking ticket earlier in the week and went to the bank to pay it but were told we had to go to a different address. The lady didn't speak any English and I couldn't understand her but she wrote down an address. We asked some police officers on the street to try and understand the ladies instructions. The male police officer had a massive shot gun.
The officers confirmed we had to go to the address the lady had given us and looked it up on their phone to show us a picture.
We drove there still a little unsure of what to look for but found it and it was a DMV type office. Jazz stayed in the car and I went in but there were at least 50 people waiting so I went back to the car and we agreed we'd have to leave it as we didn't have time to wait that long.
Before heading off I went to the supermarket to buy some breakfast for us and also some Valencian orange juice (Zumo de Naranha).
By the time we left Valencia it was 12.30pm and it was a 3.5 hour drive to Barcelona. We needed to be at the airport just after 4pm so we were right on time. If we had more time we would have liked to stop in Sitges as we'd heard it was the gay capital in Spain but we had to leave it.
Most of the drive went pretty well expect for the last part because I freaked out that Jazz was driving too close to the RHS and she said I was stressing her out. We were both glad to return the car when we got to the airport.
We had already checked in online so just had to drop off our bags when we got in. They even let us check in our carry on suitcase at no cost as it wasn't a full flight.
We still had a bit of time so we got some snacks and beers and sat at a table talking about our future wedding guest list.
Our plane left right on time and it was a very short flight of only 1 and a bit hours. We actually arrived a bit early.
When we went to get a taxi it was all Mercedes and Audi's pulling up. We thought it was cool until the guy said it would be €35 and that he didn't have a meter. We knew we were being ripped off but were both tired and weren't sure what our other options were so we accepted. We've since been told uber is a much cheaper option in Nice.
We got to the apartment just after 8pm which was a bit earlier than what we had told our host so we waited out the front for a little bit. While I was waiting with the bags, Jazz walked around the corner and bought some beers which cost €15 for two beers! We realised we were definitely in a much more expensive city than we'd been to so far.
Our host Elkie was Dutch and very friendly, she stayed and chatted for a little while to show us the apartment and answer all our questions.
After she left we freshened up a bit as we'd been travelling for the last 8-9 hours and went out to find somewhere for dinner. Elkie had given us a list of nice restaurants and also restaurants to avoid so we looked one up on our offline map and went there. It was fully booked but one of the places nearby looked quite nice to we went there instead.
The food was delicious but the servings were massive and we were both so full by the end of dinner.
We were both feeling pretty exhausted once we were done so we walked home. It was starting to get a lot colder as it was now quite late and Nice is also a lot more north then where we came from in Valencia.