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Old February 3rd, 2011, 11:39 AM   #21
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really nice photos.. a very spanish city indeed
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Wonderful city! and photos! Do you have photos of City of sciences as well?
I want to go to Madrid and/or Valencia soon (I have been to Barcelona). I think Valencia has a lot of sun even in the winter.
Hi, thanks very much. Yes I've got photos of the City of Arts - what a place! They'll be coming up shortly. Yes Valencia does seem to be one of the sunnier cities in Spain, I was just surprised that going to the beach in January was so easy to do. Usually around the coasts in Spain the temperatures are around 15-20C in mid-winter but I suppose the Mediterranean is relatively warm too.

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beautiful and lovely despite the eclectic architecture.
I've never seen as many pictures as these of Valecia and it charms me.
Oh yes a very diverse mix of architecture in Valencia. It's certainly an attractive mix and the city is worth a visit.
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Old February 3rd, 2011, 11:50 AM   #22
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Valencia is really beautiful, very nice; keep it up Mike
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Old February 4th, 2011, 07:32 PM   #23
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Valencia is really beautiful, very nice; keep it up Mike
Thanks Christos, it sure is! More coming up.
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Old February 4th, 2011, 07:40 PM   #24
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PART IV
Valencia from Los Torres Quart

Los Torres Quart provide a brilliant rooftop view of the city. Being on the western fringe of the city centre, the views to the north, south and east are mainly of the city centre with churchs and tower emerging from a similar height of remaining buildings. One can see the extent of the Valencia suburbs to the west, mostly modern and comparatively boring apartment blocks.

































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Old February 5th, 2011, 04:09 PM   #25
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Wow, fantastic Photos! I go every year for the Fallas festival and i'll definetly agree with everyone else that it is a beautiful (if a bit manic!) place.
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Old February 5th, 2011, 04:19 PM   #26
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Joy of like is everywhere in Valencia.

What pictures, Mike!!! Many thanks.
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Old February 5th, 2011, 06:26 PM   #27
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Wow, fantastic Photos! I go every year for the Fallas festival and i'll definetly agree with everyone else that it is a beautiful (if a bit manic!) place.
Thank you! Am I right in thinking that's the festival where they ignite all the torches on the last night?

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What pictures, Mike!!! Many thanks.
Thanks mate, more to come!
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Old February 5th, 2011, 06:35 PM   #28
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PART V
Los Torres Quart to Plaza Virgen

From the Torres, a long street by the name of Calle de Quart runs straight to the Plaza Virgen when such sights include the Baylia Palace, acting as the Seat of the Provincial Council, the Marques de Scala Palace and La Basilica de Nuestra Señora de los Desamparados (the Basilica of Our Lady of the Forsaken) or (The Virgin of the Abandoned).

Built during the 15th Century, it's situated next to the Cathedral, just visible from behind when in Plaza de la Reina (see earlier update), it's named after the city's patron saint. It has an interior which features a domed ceiling with a fresco painting by the artist Palomino. The image of the Virgin is Gothic.









































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Old February 6th, 2011, 03:13 PM   #29
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Update coming soon!
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Old February 6th, 2011, 03:28 PM   #30
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Thanks for all the lovely pics Mike. Loads of great architecture. No, afraid I've never been to Valencia. Have only visited Madrid (twice) and surroundings.
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Old February 6th, 2011, 08:05 PM   #31
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The city is well maintained, the streets are clean, I don't see graffiti on the walls
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Old February 6th, 2011, 08:11 PM   #32
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really love the hot, sunny weather. looks a lot like barcelona eh?
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Old February 6th, 2011, 09:51 PM   #33
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That part of the city is wonderful to walk en its narrow streets.

Something typical of Valencia is the blue domes of the churches.

Valencia is very warm.

The only bad that can happen is that you get a strong storm. They call it cold drop (gota fría), and then there can be even floods of the rivers aroung Valencia.

That´s why they detoured the big river Turia from the center of the city in the 50,s and made a park there where Ciudad de las Artes is now.

Thanks again Mike. Great shots.
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Old February 6th, 2011, 10:09 PM   #34
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Thanks for all the lovely pics Mike. Loads of great architecture. No, afraid I've never been to Valencia. Have only visited Madrid (twice) and surroundings.
No problemo there. Valencia is full of very attractive architecture, in particular the area in which I've just shown. Well I certainly recommend a visit if you're ever in the area.

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Very true, there was very little graffiti if any that I noticed. A very clean and well kept city to be proud of.

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really love the hot, sunny weather. looks a lot like barcelona eh?
Yes it does share similarities with Barcelona, not quite on the size of Barcelona but nonetheless, very similar. The temperature was also very bearable that day at about 31C.

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That part of the city is wonderful to walk en its narrow streets.

Something typical of Valencia is the blue domes of the churches.

Valencia is very warm.

The only bad that can happen is that you get a strong storm. They call it cold drop (gota fría), and then there can be even floods of the rivers aroung Valencia.

That´s why they detoured the big river Turia from the center of the city in the 50,s and made a park there where Ciudad de las Artes is now.

Thanks again Mike. Great shots.
It was a delightful area to walk in, much quieter than the first areas too. I also took note of the shiny church domes poking out between the riff-raff of other buildings.

I've heard about the gota fria, around September/October time, about the time when the Atlantic starts bringing more rain and thunderstorms to the UK. There are quite a few videos on youtube regarding bad weather in Spain around mid-autumn time. It certainly is an interesting development what they've done where the river used to be.
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Old February 7th, 2011, 03:10 PM   #35
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PART VI
Plaza Virgen to Calle Glorieta

Leaving Plaza Virgen, one walks behind the Cathedral and associated buildings. The Cathedral has three doorways opening to different areas, one Gothic style, one Baroque style and another Romanesque - each opening into Plaza de la Reina, Plaza Virgen and the sidestreet down which I walked, Calle Palau. The same styles are found in the interior, the Gothic one being the most impressive. There is a Gothic octagonal tower which was constructed in the 14th Century, better known as the Miguelet Tower which is unfinished.

The sidestreets lead down towards the Puente del Real which is an old bridge crossing what was the river, but is now the elegantly sculpted Turia gardens. The river was diverted after severe floods and this was seen as a threat to the city. Now it goes to the south if I believe.

































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Old February 8th, 2011, 01:19 PM   #36
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Old February 8th, 2011, 05:07 PM   #37
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This is an incredibly beautiful city.
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Old February 8th, 2011, 06:19 PM   #38
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Old February 9th, 2011, 12:49 AM   #39
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Please Bristol Mike, don't post more pictures, I'm suffering from homesickness!
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Old February 9th, 2011, 01:07 AM   #40
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Aww man sorry to hear that! Well, I can certainly say it is one hell of a city to be homesick of! Whereabouts are you now?
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