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Valencia

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  • Day31

    Valencia

    July 17, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    Went on a walking tour and explored the town. Saw the holy grail, silk market, food market, and churches. Then we had our first paella and sangria. Then we climbed the tower and nearly died from lack of fitness. Then went to the museum of art and science and saw some interesting linguistic, mars and chromosome exhibitions. Meagan stayed home today not feeling too crash hot. We then went out to dinner and tried tapas with the best meatball we have ever had and the famous Valencian cocktail (orange). Then we went on a pub crawl which was lots of fun and made some friends along the way.Read more

  • Day32

    Chillin

    July 18, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    Had a relaxing day we went into the town and saw a UNESCO activity where people come sit outside the church to discuss the water irrigation however there's nothing to talk about now so they sit for 5 mins then leave. Then had a yummy gelato. Then nearly missed the bus AGAIN to Barcelona due to laziness and bad time management. Then when we got to Barcelona we met the boys friends from their Croatia trip who stayed with us.Read more

  • Day73

    Valencia und Ozeanografisches Museum

    October 17, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    In Valencia war mal wieder Englisch angesagt, denn es gab nur englischsprachige Reiseleiter. Während der Rest der Truppe entweder eine kurze Panoramafahrt mit dem Bus oder einen Spaziergang durch die Altstadt übersetzen durfte, habe ich das große Los gezogen und habe den einzigen Ganztagesausflug erwischt. Das heißt: Panoramafahrt durch Valencia, einen 3-stündigen Altstadtspaziergang und weil es so schön ist, ging es danach noch in die futuristische "Stadt der Künste und Wissenschaften" in eines der größten Aquarien der Welt. Die Freude war entsprechend riesig.
    Aber gut, so habe ich richtig viel von Valencia sehen können und überraschenderweise hat das Übersetzen mit meinem überaus sympathischen Guide sogar richtig Spaß gemacht.
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  • Day65

    Mit dem Segway durch Valencia

    October 9, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    Yeah, heut hab ich mal wieder richtig Glück gehabt bei der Vergabe der Ausflüge. Während der Rest der Truppe Panoramafahrten mit dem Bus zu begleiten hatte, durfte ich mit dem Segway durch die Straßen düsen. Das macht einfach sooo viel Spaß! So wird jede langweilige Stadtführung zum absoluten Highlight.Read more

  • Day653

    Visiting Valencia

    March 20, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    Camping Valencia, 20km north of Valencia, made for a great base from which to visit Spain's third-largest city by train.

    The original city of 'Valentia' was founded on the banks of the Rio Turia in 138BC but was later destroyed in 75BC. The Moors made Valencia an agricultural and industrial centre, establishing ceramics, paper, silk and leather industries and they introduced rice cultivation.

    Its golden age was in the 15th and 16th centuries, when the city was one of the Mediterranean's strongest trading centres, before Seville took that title away and a decline began. The industrialisation of the 19th century led to the development of a lucrative citrus trade to northern Europe and to this day Valencian oranges are everywhere.

    Severe floods in 1949 and 1957 led to the Rio Turia being diverted away from the city centre and the dry riverbed was converted into a park, that winds through the city for 9km, providing the Valencians with a large, green space on their doorstep. How original!

    We arrived at Estacion del Norte, right on the edge of the historic centre, and made our way to Horchateria de Santa Catalina for a glass of horchata, a Valencian speciality, and - don't laugh - fartóns! The sugary, opaque drink is made from crushed chufas, which despite the name tiger nut, is actually a tuber. Into this you dip large finger-shaped buns called fartóns.

    Fortified by fartóns, we headed across the square to visit the cathedral where an excellent audio guide navigated us around. Built over the mosque after the 1238 conquest, the cathedral is mostly gothic in design with rich italianate frescoes. Recent renovations include a modern museum where you can get up close to centuries old artifacts and paintings. However, we could not get very close to the cathedral's crowning glory, the Holy Grail, the cup from which Christ sipped during the last supper. Apparently, the dating of the cup would suggest it could be true.

    After a delicious and great-value 5-course sampler lunch at Restaurant Delicat, we wandered the narrow streets and squares admiring scenes that reminded us of our time in Sicily. We climbed to the top of Torres de Serranos, one of only two remains of the imposing 14th century city walls and looked across the rooftops of the city and down into part of the Turia gardens. We weren't the only ones there though, groups of French and German students were all eagerly taking selfies, taking the volume levels up a notch or five!

    Whilst Valencia is a large and elegant city, it does have a laid-back feel as if the locals are very happy letting Madrid and Barcelona take the limelight, leaving them to get on with enjoying life there.
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  • Day665

    Paella cooking school

    April 1, 2019 in Spain ⋅ 🌧 13 °C

    Valencia is the birthplace of paella and therefore the best place to learn how to produce this quintessential Spanish dish.

    We signed up to a course at the Escuela de Arroces y Paella Valenciana (Valencia School of Rice & Paella) and had a fabulous and fun time learning the tricks of the trade.

    First off was a trip to the central market to buy the ingredients. Constructed in 1928, the covered market was a foodies delight with over 500 stalls. Valencia is surrounded by huertas, market gardens, which provide the market with the freshest fruit and vegetables. Our guide talked us through the process of choosing the correct paprika (smoked for a Valencian paella which is chicken, rabbit and mountain snails and sweet for a seafood paella). We stopped off to buy 2kg of small rock fish that would be used to make a rich fish stock and smelt the rich aroma of the pure saffron which, at €4500/kilo, we were careful not to drop.

    Back in the kitchen, appropriately attired in our chefs hats and aprons, we listened as our professional, top for the day, Pepe, as he explained and demonstrated each step of the dish. Most students were making the traditional Valencian paella but one had chosen to do the seafood version so we had the chance to learn about both. Tip - a Valencian paella would never mix mountain and sea, so it's either meat or seafood. You would never add chorizo either! Nothing was weighed or measured but Pepe shared his tips on how much oil, water and rice to add to the pan.

    After all our hard work, we then sat down with our fellow students to enjoy the results of our labour, which was served with a tortilla starter that the kitchen had prepared for us and delicious wines.

    We had a great time with fellow students from across Europe, and would recommended this to anyone who has an interest in cooking. We look forward to putting this new experience into practice and are now on the hunt for a small, paella dish!
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  • Day6

    Echoes of the past.

    June 3, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

    Back to morning runs & free breakies. At least this time there is a clean pool to look forward to - the brown water yesterday didn't inspire despite the heat. Can't say the Valencia version was a heated though despite some woman in it claiming it wasn't cold. No great urgency - Liz was needing recovery time so a relaxed morning, picnic in the park. Much amusement was had at the expense of a preening couple flouncing around videoing each other in various staged situations, all for the benefit of their followers. Modern world! Sat & moaned & ate sarnies.
    At this point Liz located her book. I located the Mestalla stadium, which had been closed last time I was here, so had to be visited. Liz declined on the grounds that football this trip should be just about Liverpool. This, however was - Valencia was Rafa's patch - the greatest Liverpool manager I've seen as a season ticket holder until a couple of days ago. Sorry Rafa. Pay my respects & have a look around. Impressive stadium - bit quirky. Had to wear colours - as did a few spurs fans. Bit us when we shown the press room. Guide wanted to set up a fictional press conference & being topical chose 2 fans from the weekends game who were in colours. Ooops. Not hp. Interesting tour - wanted to get a shirt but bizarrely they didn't have any in. No old ones and the new ones weren't in til July. Headed back through the park in time for a thai(ish) tea and a nice sunset walk.
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  • Day7

    Liz loving the Lizarran

    June 4, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

    Having had a lazy day, a little exploration was in order. To that end, somewhere new but also relatively accessible so as not to stress Liz's dodgy ankle. Opted for a walk along the river bed park to the old town. Ankle dependent, posdibly head up the cathedral tower. The great thing about Valencia is the vast amounts of shade & quiet walking routes there. From the hotel - straight down to the Science musuem & the Hemispheric - which offered a cool route to the river park. Lots of cyclists, a bubble guy & a noisy playground moddled on a giant gulliver. From there took in the bull ring, the palatial town hall & finally the cathedral. 8 euros to go in was a bit steep, thankfully noticed the much smaller queue was for the tower. 2 euros & the most bored cashier in the world. In theory there was a traffic light system for going up & coming down. He couldn't be arsed monitoring it & had opted for green lights both ways & chaos half way up. Bit tight @ the top & hard work for Liz's ankle but some great views of the city. Nice ice cream as a reward at the bottom. Headed back for a relax & swim depending on your viewpoint. Pre-dinner explore of Oceanographique area turned into a park walk - cost & was closing. Opted for a tapas bar called Lizarran - waiter was very helpful. Help yourself & the bill was based on the number of Pincho skewers on your plate. Back to base for a replay of the Final - just to make sure it really happened. It did!Read more

  • Day3

    Oceanographic Adventure

    September 2, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    Today we explored the Science Museum (boring) and the largest aquarium in Europe (yay!)

    After a confusing walk through the towering concrete maze of inner Valencia, we hijacked a bus and made off towards the Marina.

    As we approached through the sweltering clinging heat we immediately regretted not packing our togs, as s beautiful waterscape unfolded at our approach to the museum complex.

    We were swiftly consoled as we realised there was no swimming permitted. And proceeded to bemoan such a misuse of watery fun space.

    The aquarium was bigger than Kelly Tarlton's but, a bit ecclectic in layout and people management.. still we got to see all the appropriate water dwelling creatures. 👍

    Lunch came upon us in a lazy Spanish sort of way around 3:00pm, and we decided the correct approach was a fine dining experience that cost about a weeks worth of rent.

    Hardrock Cafe Valencia then beckoned, and I don't remember much after that...
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  • Day2

    Arrival in Valencia

    September 1, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    The day started with an epic full English fry up at the Bourne senior residence. Then it was off to the airport en route to Valencia - possibly the quickest airport check in on record, we were through security in 15 minutes which left time for teaching Mad how to play exploding kittens. Our flight was slightly delayed due to air traffic control issues in France. Following a late bite to eat we finally made it to our accommodation - a flash little apartment tucked away in the back streets of Valencia. Fortunately it wasnt the slightly dodgy looking open door place we thought - a slight miscalculation on google maps led us there initially. Here ends a fairly uneventful day, looking forward to exploring Valencia tomorrow...Read more

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