Iam singing in Spain, just singing in Spain.....
Trip Start Oct 18, 2006
93Trip End Oct 19, 2007
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A city which exceeded my wildest expectations! We arrived tired from out plane flight out of Basel at 6am that morning and our sunstroked day in Alicante- only to find out that tonight in Valencia was a festival night and fireworks would be going off at 2am! So seizing "the night" we decided to stay up. We entered our beautifully lit street at 12am and walked about two meters and were soon greeted by some Valencian men who soon swept us off our feet producing chilled wine and cups right outside our hostel doorsteps! Moments before meeting them we had witnessed a lovely display of fireworks framed by the beautiful streets buildings- and all only a meter from our hostels doorsteps. Every time we turned a corner or did anything in Valencia we would be greeted by some spectacular sight!
Our first steps out of the train station revealed the facade of one of the most lovely train stations l have ever seen
We soon after hit the streets of Valencia and walked to the beautiful Plaza Del Virgin with its gorgeous fountain. We entered the lovely Cathedral and sat and watched Spanish sung mass and ventured behind the altar to see the withered left arm of St. Vincent. It was pretty withered! We then saw the reputedly "Holy Grail," the cup used at the last supper....and the only Holy Grail recognized by the Vatican. Although however it may not be the original, it was still an amazing moment gazing at a cup that Christ himself may have drunk from and which represented the first communion.
A little Spiritually overloaded we decided to sample some "Tapas" a typical Spanish food which can really consist of anything in a two bite sized piece
Having somewhat satisfied our stomachs (l find l can never eat enough Tapas!) we decided to check out the nearby Plaza del Ayuntamiento....a huge square dominated by an enormous fountain is where we saw some of the city most beautiful buildings a group of girls dressed in traditional Spanish dress. From here we decided to walk to the modern part of Valencia Ciudad de las Artes de Las Ciencias, Valencias City of Arts and Sciences, Europe's largest urban complex. We had heard that you cant leave Valencia without seeing these futuristic buildings, even just for photographic reasons. We walked for thirty minutes down a beautiful Palm tree lined boulevard until we reached a bridge and were greeted by a sight most kids would die for! It was the biggest and strangest looking playground we had ever seen. We soon discovered it was in the shape of a man lying down holding a sword and hat- and Kat identified it as Gulliver's Travels
After our fun on the playground and long walk we decided to take the bus to the beach- where we past the port where the Americas Cup (famous Yacht race) was going to be held in a couple of weeks. We soon reached the beach, which was flat and speckled with beach umbrellas and boats and a couple of yachts practicing for the big race ahead. We watched them and took a few photos and tried to find some good gelati but after our amazing beach experience in Alicante the previous day, the windy and flat Valencia beach boulevard did nothing for us. So we decided to catch the high speed tram back to the city where we had seen some amazing looking gelati in our favorite plaza overlooking the Cathedral
We finished our perfect day eating amazing tiramusu gelati beneath the cathedral and shaking orange trees trying to get ourselves some free fruit for our long train ride to Madrid! The locals didn't look to happy with us....but there we so many and it was too hard to resist!
We picked up our bags from our fantastic and beautiful Purple nest hotel (which we were all sad to leave!) and walked back to our orange train station passing a group of beautiful and traditionally dressed Spanish women and girls in Ayuntamiento palaza
Alas we had to board our train to Madrid...a train ride which went past gorgeous abandoned Spanish houses and orchards filled with orange trees beneath towering cliffs scattered with monasteries overlooking the beautiful sight below them. As the sun set over the cactus lined desert we sat back and watched a movie on the train in Spanish (l will take Spanish trains over flying any day!!!)- a bit of a crazy one but still an amazing train ride. We arrived in Madrid- preparing ourselves for our 4th city we had visited in two days- and a big night out filled with tapas bars and flamenco dancing!