SPAIN: Valencia – It’s not just about the oranges.

Posted by on May 31, 2015 in Uncategorized | 4 Comments

I took the overnight bus from Granada, and came scraping into Valencia with very little sleep due to the rather bulky and ripe passenger next to me. I was blessed to arrive at a hostel that actually let me into my room at 8:00am(Unheard Of), after which I got some much needed sleep and woke up in the early afternoon, and booked a Segway tour of Valencia so I could at least take advantage of some of the day. Luckily sundown is around 9:00 pm, but I was to find that the next two days would be mostly consumed with blog catch up, travel plans, and sleep. Thus, my Valencia adventure was limited but not entirely uneventful. I managed to get a lot done, catching up on four cities, making travel plans to two, and setting up an airbnb account and making my first booking. So forgive the limited commentary as of late due to delays because of a dearth of good wifi, and my crappy memory.

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Here is your recharged intrepid voyager on the aforementioned Segway embarking upon his first Segway city tour with a Swiss family consisting of a mother and two daughters. Those are the Torres de Serranos behind me in case you were wondering.

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Here’s the opening I’m blocking in the previous picture.

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Here is the Swiss Family Robinson with our guide. No, their name is not really Robinson, and anyway who ever heard of a Swiss family named Robinson anyway.

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For you cat lovers, a truly elegant pet door that actually gives access to the feline directly from the street. When you think of it, they better have a cat because I think the rats would find that access equally appealing. Just saying.

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Carrying right along with the curiosities, this is a section of the facade of the narrowest home in Europe. 107 centimeters. Yep, they beat out that skinny little place in Amsterdam.

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Plaza de la Virgén                            Hi Danny!

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A nice view of the Cathedral for some afternoon diners.

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Jose Iturbi was a famous Valencian conductor and pianist who starred in a number of Hollywood films in the Forties playing himself. Some of the films were quite good. Many of the films of that era did inject a little nourishment into a sometimes culturally starved medium that emanated from Tinseltown. Opera legend Caruso also made a number of films during that time, and it is nice to have such well-preserved performances available to us.

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It’s getting darker, must be time for dinner.

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My first Paella Valenciana made with chicken, rabbit and assorted vegetables.

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Num Num Num

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There’s another one of those skies I love so much.

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I took a walk in the park and ran into a family festival with all kinds of food and this quite good Spanish rock band. A nice prelude to three nights of working on this blog until 4 am.

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A very old bridge.   13th Century I think.

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City Hall

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On my way to the Central Market.

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The Central Market

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THE CULINARY MAELSTROM INSIDE

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I picked up a packet of that thinly sliced Valenciano ham, and bought a small fresh baguette and made myself a sandwich since I was starving. Then I had a pastry of course.

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Truly a palace of food.

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Adjacent to the Central Market is one of the oldest and most important Gothic structures in Europe. It is a Unesco World Heritage property.

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Valencia’s Plaza de Torros

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Estación Del Norte – Art Nouveau Design

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Even getting a railway ticket is an experience to be savored.

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This is truly a Cathedral of Travel – The Travel Zealot approves.

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It’s about time to leave for Barcelona.

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I just hate to leave this station behind.

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Have A Good Trip

Off to Barcelona to wrap up this whirlwind tour of Spain – See you soon.

4 Comments

  1. z
    June 3, 2015

    I didn’t know Valencia is such a big, vibrant city. I always thought it was small seaside town. Good to know…

  2. Jason B.
    June 3, 2015

    Just in time, I really needed my TZ fix. traveling vicariously is kinda fun especially with your great commentary. I think you may have found your calling. The food at the central market looks amazing.

  3. The Travel Zealot
    June 5, 2015

    Me neither Z, came as a bit of a surprise to me to. I didn’t get to spend as much time exploring Valencia as I would have liked, but had to take advantage of the good wifi. Good thing I did. Wifi in Nimes is not so good. Nimes is a wonderful little town however with one of the best preserved colosseums in existence. I look forward to sharing that as soon as my wifi improves, and of course I’m back in pastryland.

  4. The Travel Zealot
    June 5, 2015

    Hey Jason, so glad you are enjoying my stuff. I’m trying to make it so the reader is going along with me on the adventure. There’s a central market in Lyon, France that is insane and not to be missed.

    I want to expand the commentary a bit, but it is hard when I am so busy taking it all in. By the time I get all the pictures sorted and downloaded, there’s not enough time for the verbiage. I’m basically doing three days per city all across Europe.

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