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~ VALENCIA ~ 21st - 23rd Oct

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Hi All.
Im sorry its been so long since I last updated. I've decided since Im pretty busy at the moment I'll keep the words to a minimum and let the photos speak for them selves. Please feel free to ask questions or request I expand on something.

  • Valencia*

Valencia was my next stop after Barcelona and it was a real nice chillout place.
When I arrived I went to the beach with two guys from my hostel and that was cool.

The hostel I was at, Home Youth Hostel was a really great hostel. Its not for nothing that they call them selves Home. It had a really homely feel about the place and I felt like I could have stayed longer.

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This photo is of a building that was infront of my hostel.

The First afternoon I was there I went to the beach with a couple of guys from my Hostel. It was nice.

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This photo above is of the bullring and the train station to the right of screen.

And also less than 100 meters away from my hostel was also this amazing building which now houses the Valencia market which was incredible. So many fruits and vegies. Fish, meats etc. Nuts and beans etc. Mainly food products. I bought a big mellon which was yummy.

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Valencia market

Some of the art around Valencia was really nice too. Especially the street art such as this one below. I think they are from an original building that was build 100's of years ago.

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Stamps on the wall

The second day I was in Valencia I was feeling a little tired. So wasnt so motivated. I ended up walking around a fair bit visiting the outdoor markets.

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Me on Valencia Turistic Bus

But the turn around point for me was when I decided to jump on the touristic bus tour.
The bus itself was pretty rough. There was a mess everywhere. The windows were rusty and not clear. You get these little red earphones, each person their own new pair (for hygyne purposes). And so you plug into the system and try find the right language chanel.
The commentary is controlled by the driver and it was quite amusing as it seemed always to be before the monument it was talking about or after so it was like. Oh which building to our left??

But it was fun. The highlight of the tour and I would have completely missed it if I hadnt taken the tour was the "Valencia Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències" (City of Arts and Science) which is basically a huge complex of these different buildings:
* El Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía — Opera house and performing arts centre
* L'Hemisfèric — Imax Cinema, Planetarium and Laserium
* L'Umbracle — Walkway / Garden
* El Museu de les Ciències Príncipe Felipe — Science museum
* L'Oceanogràfic — Open-air oceanographic park

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Valencia Arts Dome

The Architecture is absolutly amazing, Started in 1996 by Santiago Calatrava a Valencia Architec.

I went to the Imax Cinema which was totally amazing. I had never been to an imax before and I wont give away too much because my not know anything about it made it even more exciting but basically the image is not only infront of you but right around the sides of you too. You really feel it. And the technology of that super wide film format is incredible!

After taking a bunch of photos of the complex after the film I was able to jump back on the bus and make my way back to the hostel.
Overall it turned out to be a great day and I really enjoyed myself.

Next Stop.. Madrid..

Posted by Natassia 13.01.2007 14:18 Archived in Spain

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