Today I wanted to venture out to three or four locations and see some things that were on the edge of what I wanted to walk each day. Typically I am walking close to 2-3 km a day, but today I had planned for more.
When google maps updated this morning, I got to see the schedule of hours first hand. I could have dug within the google maps listing to see the open hours for the week, but it only made sense that most of these places are open on Sunday. Some were, some were not.
The first stop was going to be a small museum that had a replica of Valencia City in a 1:500 scale. Before coming to Valencia, this is one of the places that I had written down as possibilities to see.
The Museum opened up at 1000, so I started to walk there. when I arrived there were banners on the side of the wall representing comic figures all written in Spanish. I found the entrance to MuVIM, Museu Valencià de la Il·lustració i la Modernitat . As I entered the glass doors, immediately in front of me was the 3D model of Valencia City.
The comic exhibit was on this level as well. I approached the information counter and the man did speak some good English. There were two other exhibits within the museum, but these were pretty modern and I decided to pass on them.
I looked at my watch and noticed it was only 1045. I looked at google maps and found the route to the Valencia Bullring, but the hours on Sunday said. CLOSED. No big deal, I have the City Hall courtyard to explore . After that I have the Central Market and the coin shop that I wanted to visit before I arrived in Valencia.
I decided to head towards the City Hall area. The walk was a winding path, but in the end google maps did the job.
I looked around. There was a lot of city worker activity happening here. They were standing up barricades. There was at least one ambulance and one fire truck. My goal was to take some photographs of the Valencia City Hall courtyard, so I wandered around in a circle to capture as many photographs as I could.
Not to mention, there are a ton of police in this area. I think something is going to happen today, but I am not sure what. A few of the locals are pointing at a fenced off area directly in the middle of the courtyard.
Go towards the fence line and peer within. I can barely smell a hint of gunpowder. Hummmm, This is a fireworks setup. I scan around the courtyard and fenced off area and I see many workers within the fence, There are a handful of police in the area as well. I decide to approach an officer and ask him a question about the fireworks. he speaks broken English, and tells me this is a festival of fireworks that goes on each day at 1400. I asked him if the celebration happens at night, and he stressed that it happens at 1400.
iI then quickly thought to myself – I can find a place to sit and relax, or a shady area for now. I decided to focus some shots on the Falla statues that were being erected in the area.
Within this area, are a few festival statues that are being put together. From what I can understand from the locals, the statues – many of them – are made each year and eventually displayed to the public. Later in the month, I believe on the 19th of March these statues will be burned up in a massive Falla celebration.
People traffic is light. Its close to 1130 and more people are wandering in to see the festival. being this day is Sunday, I am sure the streets will be line with many people. I have two and a half hours before the celebration starts. I wander into the Information Center within Valencia City Hall and I asked some general questions, All the fine ladies here speak English, some a bit better than others. I asked about the festival. I asked about some recommended shops where I could buy some better than average souvenirs and I was directed to an area that is not all that far from my hotel.
I stepped outside and immediately thought – why don’t I take a walk to the Valencia Central market, and see if I can find this coin shop. It would help pass some time. Additionally if I find a place close to the City Hall area I can sit down, have a meal and maybe a beer. It would help pass the time. But I knew if this is a Sunday and people are off, the area may get crowded.
I head out, with sights set on the Valencia Center Market.
The path is not far, and I see some interesting shops along the way.
As I approach the market area, I see a lot of vendors lined on the streets.
I find the entryway to the Valencia Central market, but the doors appear to be closed. I waited to see if anyone would approach the doors, thinking it isn’t closed, its just the way the building appears, but not a soul went in that direction.
I then added the coin shop location to google maps. I remember seeing that this shop would close close to 1400. So I decided to get to the shop just in case they closed early.
Google maps was a bit off in this location. It was probably due to all the tall buildings and some scaffolding erected in the area. I back-tracked a bit and found the coin shop. I wandered in and asked my question, but I was politely told they do not have what I am looking for. I did chuckle a bit when I seen some United States proof sets in the display. I tanked the man for his time and I went back onto the street.
I looked across the street and there was another coin shop. Wow, this area said there was only one. I approached this one, and tried the door. It was locked but there was an older gentleman who opened the door and I asked him if he had what I was looking for. He pointed to a few coins that looked interesting, but these were not what I was looking for. I thanked him for his time and I went back to the street. I did not see another coin shop in the area, BUT, I did see an interesting tavern at a fork in the road. As I passed this place to look inside to see if they offered a beer and something to eat, it appeared they did not. I look straight ahead and I see another coin shop. The own was standing outside looking down the street. I decided to ask him the question about the coins I was looking for, and he pointed to a window display that offered some of the coins I was looking for. I did the gesture of how much do they cot, and we went in to look around. After seeing all that he had, I chose one coin paid him and shook his hand. I may have to revisit this shop if time permits.
I decided it was time to head back to the City Hall area of Valencia and see how the crowd was coming along. I was a bit surprised. There were more people packing in by the minute. I told myself, I have stood up for many more hours than the two I had left to do to see this daylight fireworks display. So, I found a nice viewing area and decided to wait.
I had the Canon t3i ready. Again, as soon as the event lit off I attempted to shoot the entire fireworks display. It lasted about 5-10 minutes and I must admit, it was a pretty decent fireworks display.
I thought for sure I was recording a video on the canon t3i, but when I got back to the room, and reviewed the chip, there was no video on the chip what so ever. I remember seeing a warning on the screen that said, make sure a lens was attached – and it was – but it was the ROKNON wide angle lens. Tonight I will have to find a youtube video to see if I was in the right mode, or the lens simply does not support it.
Guess where I will be tomorrow before 1400 ? I will be in Valenica, Spain City Hall waiting to video this display of daylight fireworks associated with the Falla celebration – with a better understanding of what went wrong with the Canon camera.
I have not set my trip for Monday, but it will be done tomorrow morning. It may include a walk to the Valencia Bullring and on the way purchase some gifts to bring back to the USA. I may also visit the Valencia Central market to take a few photos and maybe visit one more place.
Once back in the USA I will attempt to add the videos I have within this post.
Until then, I hope you enjoyed this display of information about the sights within Valencia, Spain.