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Ciudad de las Artes las Ciendias, Valencia

I finally have another travel post to share with you all! I love sharing and writing ( and reading) these and don't worry, its just one post unlike Japan's 10 posts. This was a only a mini break, 4-5 days in Valencia to see my dad, but it was still pretty special. I went 2 weeks before 'La Fallas', a festival they have every year on the 19th March, and I'm so gutted I missed it! I will just have to go again! I even managed to film (vlog) while out there, hopefully the footage is good enough to put together a little film for you to see to :)





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Valencia, Spain

Valencia, Spain

For some context, my dad owns a yacht (I know! Ridiculous!), which is moored in Valencia until the end of April- So off I jetted for some early summer sun... sort of... it's still winter out there. The yacht also has it's own blog, that my dad set up (so cute), but if anybody was interested in where I stayed, click here. La Fallas is a festival where local artists, schools and businesses build models and burn them. Quite a strange concept but it is incredibly popular among locals and the world. The models are built out of wood and paper-mache and anything flammable. I should also mention that the models are built really big, some are built to the same hight as buildings and have a small narrative to go with the model. I saw a few out there and they really are impressive.



Valencia, Spain

Valencia, Spain

On our first day, my dad took me around the local town for some good old fashioned sight-seeing. Our first stop was to a Cafe & Tapas restaurant for food. It was amazing how quite it was and then come siesta time absolutely packed. Restaurants and eateries don't tend to close during siesta's. After we went see the 'Mascletas', which are day time fireworks. 'Whats the point in daytime fireworks?' I hear you ask, well its not what you can see, but what you can hear. It is Loud! Like, army barracks loud. Everyday for 2 weeks before Las Fallas, the roads will be closed, the whole city pretty much stops for about 20 minuets (the actual fireworks will last about 5 mins) and everybody will flock to the centre of town to watch Mascletas. And after, the roads will be reopened and everything will go back to normal. But the fact that this happens everyday for 2 weeks and local people still go to see it,  is amazing. I was trying to think how this would be conducted in London, and in short, it wouldn't. Period.

Valencia, Spain

Valencia, Spain

Valencia, Spain

After my eardrums had recovered,we had a wander round, where my dad took me to the indoor market and I always find places like this interesting. This one in particular was inside a very grand building and was so colourful and buzzing with atmosphere. We then went inside 'Llotja de la Seda' which translates as the silk exchange. An incredibly pretty building, relatively small and only cost 2 euros to enter. Most places in Valencia were quite cheap to visit, amazing if you're on a budget. I saw the old fort which would've been at the very front gates of the city, but is now situated in the middle as the city grew. You can go up in the towers for amazing city views too.

On our way back, we walked along the old river bed. They somehow managed to redirect the river to flow around the city as it was prone to or could potentially flood the place and instead Valencia now has an incredible picturesque park to walk through; complete with cycle routes, children's play areas and we ended up approaching the arts centre or rather 'Ciudad de las Artes las Ciencias'. The arts centre is a cluster of huge state of the art buildings and it looks amazing. One is still being built, I think it's the aquarium, but inside others is a 3D cinema and other exhibitions. We went inside to see the Fallas competition, a  competition in where you can vote for your favourite model to not be burnt and be put in a museum instead. The setting is so bright and white and looks slightly futuristic too, perfect filming location, I'm surprised it hasn't been used for Hollywood films or magazines shoots. I would definitely recommend going for a wander around, even if you don't go inside.

And here my holiday diary ends :( I was surprised by how much I came back loving Valencia, especially the architecture and trust me, I know nothing of architecture! I honestly think it is one the most under rated cities I've been to. My friend Charli has also written about how much she loves Valencia on her blog here  so I would give that a read if you want more info about the city but I am 100% considering going back to Valencia in the future to see the fires and it has definitely made it's way onto my top European cities list. Travel vlogs will be coming soon, my aim is to upload weekly, hopefully that's not too ambitious :)

xx





Ciudad de las Artes las Ciendias, Valencia



Ciudad de las Artes las Ciendias, Valencia

Ciudad de las Artes las Ciendias, Valencia


Photos taken by me or my dad :)
My dad's blog: http://www.windependent.co.uk/ 
Charli's Blog: https://charlimarie.com/2016/02/06/why-i-prefer-valencia-to-barcelona

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