Category Archives: Spain

Barcelona to Paris

There is brilliant white snow on the Pyrenees as the train crosses the border. Valencia was good. The trip didn’t have the coherence of my visit to Barcelona in March – that concentrated on Gaudi, whereas Valencia took in the Romans … Continue reading

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Last day in Valencia

The last day in Valencia included a trip to an old ducal palace now ceramics museum (the one with the melted-wax portal I had seen on my first day), where I discovered attractive Moorish-style ceramics from Manises. Then a short … Continue reading

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City of Arts and Sciences

I now know that I have already crossed/been through three Calatrava structures: the footbridge by the Imperial War Museum North, the Ponte della Constituzione in Venice (where I cursed the absence of a continuous ramp as I hauled a laden … Continue reading

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Valencia this afternoon

This afternoon’s walk explored the many Art Nouveau (and some art deco) buildings of Valencia. Most of them are outside the tight centre of the city, in areas that were “released” for development when the city walls were demolished in … Continue reading

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Valencia this morning

First stop was the Plaza del Ayuntamiento, with the Post Office and City Hall squaring up across the square. Nice ironwork on the top of both, but the Post Office edged it with its allegorical females driving a train and … Continue reading

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The Valencia coat of arms

There are two Ls (awarded for loyalty in twice resisting the Castilians), a bat (appeared on some king before a major battle) and the Catalan flag. It appears everywhere – with or without bat.

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Being in a foreign country

There are times when you forget that you are in a foreign country. “Everybody” speaks some English, revenue-generating tourists are catered for/pandered to, there is butter as well as olive oil at the breakfast buffet, you can google anything anywhere … Continue reading

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