Piles of Rice!

A lovely couple of days watching the rice harvest here in Valencia. 120 million kilos of rice harvested each year! The photo shows piles of ´bomba´rice awaiting collection in El Palmar village, in the centre of the lake. You get to the village over little bridges, across the mudflats.  I love watching the herons standing majestically amongst the reeds, the ducks taking flight as the boats move across the lake;  while the more audacious of the birds swoop down over the harvesters to peck at the insects leaping away from the blades.

You can see my first Rustic Escapes VLOG on our instagram and facebook channels. Are they channels?!! I still have a long way to go until I can understand how social media works. It´s a complete mystery to me. I´m more at home ´face to face´with people, hearing their stories first hand, hearing the wind rustling across the fields, feeling the breeze across the water, plunging my hand into the mountains of rice; marvelling at the millions of grains nature has produced; thinking of the thousands of families everywhere who will sit down to enjoy a paella this year; enjoying a paella myself! However, for those of you not fortunate enough to be here tune into my vlog and experience for yourselves the rice harvest here in Valencia. Maybe one day you´ll come and visit us, here at Partida de la Mar, Almassera and let our Concierge take you to see it for yourself!

Dos maravillosos días viendo como se coge el arroz. Mira los montones de arroz ´bomba´esperando al camión en El Palmar, un precioso pueblo en medio del lago de la Albufera. Se llega allí por puentes antiguos que sobrepasan el lago. 120 millones de arroz colectado aquí en Valencia; todos los años. Increíble. Me encantan ver a las garzas majestuosas de sentinela en el lago, a los patos que vuelan al pasar los barquitos mientras que los pájaros más audaces se abalalanzan sobre las máquinas segadoras a ver cuantos insectos pueden pillar. Podéis ver a mi primer VLOG de Rustic Escapes en nuestros canales de Instagram y Facebook. ¿Son canales? !Yo qué sé! Me está siendo cuesta arriba entender esto de los medios sociales. No logro entenderlo. De veras. A mi me va más la comunicación ´cara a cara´. El oir de primera mano a las historias de la gente. El oir el susurro del viento que viene del campo; el sentir la brisa en el agua; el meter mis manos dentro de los montones de arroz y maravillar al pensar en los millones de granos que nos ha dado la naturaleza; en los miles de familias que disfrutarán este año de paella; !comerme una paella yo misma! Si no puedes ser tan afortunado como yo lo puedes ver todo en nuestro vlog y a ver si algún día vengas a visitarnos en Partida de la Mar y dejar que uno de nuestros Concierges te traiga al lago para verlo por ti mismo.

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  • Gino Salguero

    Thanks Celestine, make sure to follow us on youtube and Instagram for more rustic escapes stories.

    18 May, 2021 at 11:22 am
  • Gino Salguero

    Thank you! Go over to our youtube channel to watch our vlogs! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZcmCPx_bVBk

    18 May, 2021 at 8:17 am
  • Gino Salguero

    Thanks Staci, don’t forget to subscribe to us on youtube and Instagram to stay up to date with all things rustic! Send us an email at info@rusticescapes.com if you would like to be added to our newsletter.

    18 May, 2021 at 8:14 am
  • Gino Salguero

    Thanks Berrie! We update our site at least twice a month. We are always looking to add to our escapes and the REA Foundation keeps growing, we are so pleased that you enjoy our content, if you haven’t yet make sure you check out our youtube channel for our vlogs. We are starting a newsletter soon so if you would like to leave us your email and become a part of the REA Foundation get in touch!

    18 May, 2021 at 7:54 am
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