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... detractors. Spain is much different it seems like. Catholicism is so much a part of the culture that Church attendance is almost an afterthought for the people that do attend, but even the people that don’t attend mass regularly still consider themselves Catholic. The relationship of the Catholic Church with the Government is also fundamentally different than in the states. Just last Sunday, I stumbled upon what I could only ...
... 11 and a huge meal at around 2. Then they have a snack in the afternoon, eat dinner at like 1030, then go out. Apparently they also never sleep. (no one told that to my roommate though).
The entire city is so beautiful. It has been rainy and overcast the whole time I have been here, but the architecture and art is something else. I think I am going to sit outside some day when it is warmer ...
... wider than in Barcelona. There is graffiti, great graffiti not just terrible tags, pretty much everywhere and it makes for a wild juxtaposition against the older, elegant buildings.
I knew of a few things in the city that I wanted to see but decided not to read up on much else as, after my incredible surprise with Sagrada Familia, I thought it would be more fun to explore knowing as little as possible. I started my tour at the Mercat Central: the huge ...
... into town. Our first sight of the city
was the area of the “City of Arts and Sciences”. Wow and double
wow!!!! You'll know, me being an engineer, that I'm not permitted to
have a lot of time for architects but I have to say that whoever
dreamed up this modern masterpiece deserves all the praise he gets.
What a fantastic area...... It being Sunday and us being on a bit of
a deadline, we didn't get into any of the exhibitions, shows etc but
... Valencia's most famous festival, the world-renowned event known as Las Fallas. It's held every March 15th for one week, and always culminates on March 19th, on the Feast of San José (St. Joseph). Huge papier-mâché monuments (fallas) are erected in the crossroads and squares of Valencia around March 15th, and all but one lucky winner are ceremoniously set alight and burned on March 19th in a massive bonfire. The ...