Valencia Day 8 – La Lonja de la Seda museum, Valencia Bullring and Valencia Museo o Nacional de Ceramica

Photo #10 of the Valencia, Spain ceramic museum.

Today I woke up ready to go out and see some more sights. I am running out of options that I considering seeing. Today I wanted to see La Lonja de la Seda museum, Valencia Bullring and Valencia Museo o Nacional de Ceramica. I chose those sights last night as I was eating dinner.

I decided to go to the Valencia Bullring first. Google maps wasn’t the best at finding the entrance to the bullring museum. I walked about half way around to find it. This area has very tall buildings and some steel work and scaffolding up as well.

The Bullring museum is pretty impressive as to the nature of artifacts it carries. I will say this up front – lighting in this museum was pretty bad. It was either too low, or simply overpowering. Saying it was not constant, is an understatement. I was changing F stops and ISO alot in Bullring museum.

I did go back to most of the major display cases and take photos with the LG G4 as a backup. I will post the best photos I can here. In low light where the Canon T3i required a lot of time to take the photo, I had much camera shake. I had to fall back to these photos done by the LG G4. I am glad I went back and redid some of the displays.

Photo #1 of the Valencia, Spain Bullring Museum
Photo #1 of the Valencia, Spain Bullring Museum.
Photo #2 of the Valencia, Spain Bullring Museum
Photo #2 of the Valencia, Spain Bullring Museum.
Photo #3 of the Valencia, Spain Bullring Museum
Photo #3 of the Valencia, Spain Bullring Museum.
Photo #5 of the Valencia, Spain Bullring Museum
Photo #5 of the Valencia, Spain Bullring Museum.
Photo #6 of the Valencia, Spain Bullring Museum
Photo #6 of the Valencia, Spain Bullring Museum
Photo #7 of the Valencia, Spain Bullring Museum
Photo #7 of the Valencia, Spain Bullring Museum.
Photo #8 of the Valencia, Spain Bullring Museum
Photo #8 of the Valencia, Spain Bullring Museum
Photo #9 of the Valencia, Spain Bullring Museum
Photo #9 of the Valencia, Spain Bullring Museum.
Photo #10 of the Valencia, Spain Bullring Museum
Photo #10 of the Valencia, Spain Bullring Museum.

Taking my time, I probably spent an hour here. I looked at my watch and it was close to 1130. I decided to use google maps and find La Lonja de la Seda museum and see what was inside. I said goodbye to the kind assistant and then started walking towards La Lonja de la Seda museum.

La Lonja de la Seda museum is a quaint, very small museum. I think it is there due to some older inhabitants that used to reside there. All of the literature is in Spanish and honestly, there wasn’t much to see. There are some neat spiral columns in two rooms, and the upper stairs offers an intricate dark chocolate ceiling,

Photo #1 of La Lonja de la Seda museum located in Valencia, Spain.
Photo #1 of La Lonja de la Seda museum located in Valencia, Spain.
Photo #2 of La Lonja de la Seda museum located in Valencia, Spain.
Photo #2 of La Lonja de la Seda museum located in Valencia, Spain.
Photo #3 of La Lonja de la Seda museum located in Valencia, Spain.
Photo #3 of La Lonja de la Seda museum located in Valencia, Spain.
Photo #4 of La Lonja de la Seda museum located in Valencia, Spain.
Photo #4 of La Lonja de la Seda museum located in Valencia, Spain.
Photo #5 of La Lonja de la Seda museum located in Valencia, Spain.
Photo #5 of La Lonja de la Seda museum located in Valencia, Spain.

Moving on towards the Valencia Museo o Nacional de Ceramica. I probably have passed this building once in my travels. It is quite impressive from the outside. The inside has a lot of ceramic items from many different years.

I attempted to take as many photos as I could.  I’ll share what I consider the best shots. Maybe later on, I can add a few more if time permits.

Photo #1 of the Valencia, Spain ceramic museum.
Photo #1 of the Valencia, Spain ceramic museum.
Photo #2 of the Valencia, Spain ceramic museum.
Photo #2 of the Valencia, Spain ceramic museum.
Photo #3 of the Valencia, Spain ceramic museum.
Photo #3 of the Valencia, Spain ceramic museum.
Photo #4 of the Valencia, Spain ceramic museum.
Photo #4 of the Valencia, Spain ceramic museum.
Photo #4 of the Valencia, Spain ceramic museum.
Photo #5 of the Valencia, Spain ceramic museum.
Photo #6 of the Valencia, Spain ceramic museum.
Photo #6 of the Valencia, Spain ceramic museum.
Photo #7 of the Valencia, Spain ceramic museum.
Photo #7 of the Valencia, Spain ceramic museum.
Photo #8 of the Valencia, Spain ceramic museum.
Photo #8 of the Valencia, Spain ceramic museum.
Photo #9 of the Valencia, Spain ceramic museum.
Photo #9 of the Valencia, Spain ceramic museum.

 

Photo #10 of the Valencia, Spain ceramic museum.
Photo #10 of the Valencia, Spain ceramic museum.

Today Wednesday 13 March, 2018 was the last full day I could dedicate going out and seeing two to three sites a day on average. I think I have picked the best choices to visit while in Valencia, Spain. There is a slight chance I may venture out tomorrow, so we will see. I hope you enjoy the photos of the three sites !

 

Valencia Day 7 – The Valencia Central Market and a revisit to City Hall fireworks.

Photo #20 of the Valencia Spain central market

Today my plans were slightly altered. When I was at the Valencia City Hall yesterday, a lady in the tourist area informed me of some shops where I could buy some souvenirs.

Today about 0930 I started walking towards the Valencia Central Market. I wanted to take some photographs of the huge market and get a feel of how many people actually visit this market.

As I approached the Valencia Center Market, off in the distance I say a rather old church. I decide to stop and snap a few photos.

I found the market with relative ease. Google maps again had a hiccup on the way,, but once it was corrected the GPS and google sync’ed up without another issue.

Stepping inside the Valencia Central market was an experience. When the doors open, your sense of smell will become overwhelmed. I was not sure of all the individual smells, but add a touch of seafood, lettuce, onions, beef, cheese and a handful of other scents.  This place is big. If I had to compare it to a grocery store back in the USA, it would take an three average sized grocery stores to match the Valencia Central Market size.  In the photograph below, c

an you see the other end exit doors? That is some distance away !

Photo #1 of the Valencia Spain central market
Photo #1 of the Valencia Spain central market

As I walked through the Valencia central Market, it was difficult to choose what vendors to take photographs of. They all looked amazing. So, without further delay, I will provide another 20 or so photographs showing the variety of items found at the Valencia Spain Central market.

Photo #2 of the Valencia Spain central market
Photo #2 of the Valencia Spain central market
Photo #3 of the Valencia Spain central market
Photo #3 of the Valencia Spain central market
Photo #4 of the Valencia Spain central market
Photo #4 of the Valencia Spain central market
Photo #5 of the Valencia Spain central market
Photo #5 of the Valencia Spain central market
Photo #6 of the Valencia Spain central market
Photo #6 of the Valencia Spain central market
Photo #7 of the Valencia Spain central market
Photo #7 of the Valencia Spain central market
Photo #8 of the Valencia Spain central market
Photo #8 of the Valencia Spain central market
Photo #9 of the Valencia Spain central market
Photo #9 of the Valencia Spain central market
Photo #10 of the Valencia Spain central market
Photo #10 of the Valencia Spain central market
Photo #11 of the Valencia Spain central market
Photo #11 of the Valencia Spain central market
Photo #12 of the Valencia Spain central market
Photo #12 of the Valencia Spain central market
Photo #13 of the Valencia Spain central market
Photo #13 of the Valencia Spain central market
Photo #14 of the Valencia Spain central market
Photo #14 of the Valencia Spain central market
Photo #15 of the Valencia Spain central market
Photo #15 of the Valencia Spain central market
Photo #16 of the Valencia Spain central market
Photo #16 of the Valencia Spain central market
Photo #17 of the Valencia Spain central market
Photo #17 of the Valencia Spain central market
Photo #18 of the Valencia Spain central market
Photo #18 of the Valencia Spain central market
Photo #19 of the Valencia Spain central market
Photo #19 of the Valencia Spain central market
Photo #20 of the Valencia Spain central market
Photo #20 of the Valencia Spain central market
Photo #21 of the Valencia Spain central market
Photo #21 of the Valencia Spain central market
Photo #22 of the Valencia Spain central market
Photo #22 of the Valencia Spain central market

Once I departed the Valencia Central market, I decided to see if there were any souvenir shows close by. I was in luck. I seen one on the way to Valencia City Hall and I decided to stop in there. I took my time. I need to buy for quite a few relatives, BUT, I also have to restrict myself to the amount of room I have in my travel bag. I can throw away some of the items I have used while in Valencia and other items will be sacrificed if necessary to make room for the souvenirs. All in all, I purchased close to 150 Euro of items, so that give you a general idea how many items I bought. I hope they all fit, or I may have to call in a maid to sit on the travel back as I zip it – the travel bag – shut.   =Þ

The second part of the day was spent back in Valencia City Center where I readied the camera to capture the fireworks. This time, the Canon T3i worked really well without any issues. It’s tough to shoot some fireworks in a tightly packed crowd, as people tend to bump each other as they get a bit excited at what they are seeing. I must admit, it was just as LOUD as it was yesterday. BUT the Sunday fireworks were more colorful and unique than the one today.

I was closer to the fireworks today, but not by much. I had a better view, and when the ground explosions happened, the ground was truly shaking. I was about 100 feet from the fireworks, and I actually felt the ground shaking under my feet.  That was a crazy experience.

In any event, the video will be processed and added to this blog post once I get back to the USA. It is over 1GB in size and it will need to be put into a mp4 format and crunched down considerably.

Tomorrow I want to head out once most of the sites open up. Typically that is between 0900 and 1000 in the morning. Until then, I hope you enjoyed another update from the streets of Valencia, Spain.

Valencia Day 6 – A Valencia museum and City Hall

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 500:1 ancient model of the City of Valencia, Spain with the outer walls intact.
The 500:1 scale ancient model of the City of Valencia, Spain with the outer walls intact.

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.

The Valencia museum displaying comics
The Valencia museum displaying comics

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.

Photo # 1 of City Hall in Central area of Valencia Spain.
Photo # 1 of City Hall in Central area of Valencia Spain. The branches that hang in the photo are from an Olive tree.

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.

Photo # 2 of City Hall in Central area of Valencia Spain.
Photo # 2 of City Hall in Central area of Valencia Spain.
Photo # 3 of City Hall in Central area of Valencia Spain.
Photo # 3 of City Hall in Central area of Valencia Spain.

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.

 

The fenced off area within Valencia City Hall area appears to be ready for some sort of fireworks display. A chat with a local police office says it happens today 1400.
The fenced off area within Valencia City Hall area appears to be ready for some sort of fireworks display. A chat with a local police office says it happens today 1400.
The vehicle that is supplying the fireworks held daily within the City Hall area of Valencia, Spain.
The vehicle that is supplying the fireworks held daily within the City Hall area of Valencia, Spain.

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.

The first part of a Falla statue being erected in City Hall area of Valencia, Spain.
The first part of a Falla statue being erected in City Hall area of Valencia, Spain.
The second part of a Falla statue being erected in City Hall area of Valencia, Spain.
The second part of a Falla statue being erected in City Hall area of Valencia, Spain.
The third part of a Falla statue being erected in City Hall area of Valencia, Spain.
The third part of a Falla statue being erected in City Hall area of Valencia, Spain.

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.

An interesting shop displaying traditional Valencia style clothing.
An interesting shop displaying traditional Valencia style clothing.
An interesting shop displaying a nice gown in traditional Valencia style clothing.
An interesting shop displaying a nice gown in traditional Valencia style clothing.
An interesting shop displaying some traditional Valencia style clothing.
An interesting shop displaying some traditional Valencia style clothing.

As I approach the market area,  I see a lot of vendors lined on the streets.

An open style flea market near the Valencia Central market selling gifts of all kinds.
An open style flea market near the Valencia Central market selling gifts of all kinds.

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.

The Valencia Central market is closed on Sunday march 11th, 2018.
The Valencia Central market is closed on Sunday march 11th, 2018.

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.

One shop out of the four valencia coin shops that I visited actually had something that I was interested in.
One shop out of the four Valencia, Spain coin shops that I visited actually had something that I was interested in. These are ancient Roman coins that are a pian to find in the USA.

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.

Many people fill the Valencia City Hall area to watch the daylight fireworks display on Sunday March 11th, 2018.
Many people fill the Valencia City Hall area to watch the daylight fireworks display on Sunday March 11th, 2018.

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.

 

 

 

 

Valencia Day 5 – A Bust for many reasons.

March 10th, 2018. Valencia weather partly sunny then afternoon thunderstorms with gusty winds. temp near 21c

Today I woke early and decided against going out. I had two reasons. There were inbound storms, according to accuweather, that could show up before 1200.  I for one am not afraid of the rain, but the equipment I carry on the streets is quite sensitive.

This is good, I get a day of planning and updating the posts prior to going to adventuring once more. I think I may be done early with the site seeing. I actually may return to the USA a bit early. Why ? The original date going back is one day before going back to work. On that day, I arrive extremely late and I’d have to go to work almost red-eyed. No problem if the flights were within the USA. This one would be another 24 hour excursion to my location.

I finished up some of the posts and photographs from day 4. Then I got an idea. I could do some time laspe photography of the street below. It was just before 0700 and I set up the camera. This time I decided to go with the Program Mode with a remote timer. I set the ISO to 100. I set the F stop to 16. I had the remote timer on automatic mode,  where it would wait 15 seconds then open the shutter for one second and then repeat the cycle.

I decided to take photos from 0700 to right near 1600 or so. The rain started at 1600 and was small showers between 1700 to 1800 and beyond. When the storms hit, it cleared people and items off the streets and it was pretty much barren after the thunderstorms came. I will have to turn the photographs into a movie when I get back to the USA. I’ll add a link on this post when I get it done. All in all I think there are over 2000+ photographs, and the movement of the people on the streets was slight for most of  duration of the event.

I expected some inclement and stormy weather on this vacation and hopefully it is all over and done with. I have a few more days of sight seeing left in me and we will see how it goes after that. I even contemplate leaving Spain early to go home and do some massive R&R before the vacation is over and I have to return to work. Time will tell if I have the urge to leave Valencia early.

Tomorrow, the weather is supposed to be better, but cooler. I have three places I want to go to tomorrow, and I think they will be a blast. One is a museum that houses a 3D handcrafted city of Valencia, Spain with the outer walls intact.  This place is called Muvim Valencia de la Illistraco I la Modernitat.

The second stop will be city hall where alot of the FALLA activity is held. I am going there to take some photographs of the building and fountains around the area and maybe grab a lunch somewhere.

The third location is going to be the Placa de Bous de Valencia or, the Bullring of Valencia.

I’ll look over Valencia City Center for any more sights to see and I will add them to the list tomorrow. I do want to visit the Central Market and a coin shop that is close to the market as well. But those will be done on another day unless my feet and body are kind to me, and I can hit all five locations in a single day.

I look forward to getting out of the room tomorrow.

Valencia Day 4 – Visiting the ancient Cathedral of Valencia, Spain

While finishing up the Prehistoric Museum of Valencia, Spain I decided to venture out to another site. It is Friday March 9th. Tomorrow the weather is supposed to be scattered rain showers during the day and possible thunderstorms in the afternoon. Also to complicate the matters a little, I may have a friend coming over for a while. I am trying to plan all of this on the only full weekend I may have here in Valencia, Spain.

So, I take a deep breath, fire up google maps. I attach the portable battery pack to the LG G4 and I start walking towards the ancient Cathedral of Valencia. Why the battery pack? Google maps is a battery hog! Ensure you plan its usage accordingly.

The walk feels longer than I expected. there were a few twists and turns to navigate and in the end. There are many, many people on the streets. After taking one more left turn, I see this in the distance.

The outside street view of the Cathedral of Valencia, Spain
The outside street view of the Cathedral of Valencia, Spain.

There are many people here. It’s almost a constant moving chaotic mass of people. I approach the doors of the cathedral and look inside. There are a half dozen young women behind the desk, taking money and handing out headphones. All of these fine ladies speak English. The cost to enter the ancient Cathedral of Valencia, Spain is 8 Euro.  I paid my fee and declined a headset. I took my hat off and stored it within the backpack and I started looking around. I didn’t know where to start taking photographs, it all looked amazing.

While at the Cathedral of Valencia, Spain I decided that I would only use the Canon T3i with the ROKNON wide angle lens. I had nothing but time, and from what many people have written about seeing this cathedral, it would take between thirty minutes to an hour to see most of the area. I did NOT opt in for climbing up to the bell tower to see the skyline and maybe become deaf as the bells ring on the hour within the bell tower.

Each exhibit has its own station number  which can be related back to a map, or a station on the headset. My goal today is to get the photographs up and then see if I am able to decipher the map and offer some comments on what each of these photographs show.

But, for now, I will simply add the photographs. these are a lot smaller than you think. Feel free to download them and look them over. All I ask is that you do not reuse these to your advantage. If you do, simply add this website www.missionincredible.org in the credits.

Photograph #1 of the Cathedral in Valencia, Spain
Photograph #1 of the Cathedral in Valencia, Spain
Photograph #2 of the Cathedral in Valencia, Spain
Photograph #2 of the Cathedral in Valencia, Spain
Photograph #3 of the Cathedral in Valencia, Spain
Photograph #3 of the Cathedral in Valencia, Spain
Photograph #4 of the Cathedral in Valencia, Spain
Photograph #4 of the Cathedral in Valencia, Spain
Photograph #5 of the Cathedral in Valencia, Spain
Photograph #5 of the Cathedral in Valencia, Spain
Photograph #5 of the Cathedral in Valencia, Spain
Photograph #5 of the Cathedral in Valencia, Spain
Photograph #7 of the Cathedral in Valencia, Spain
Photograph #7 of the Cathedral in Valencia, Spain
Photograph #8 of the Cathedral in Valencia, Spain
Photograph #8 of the Cathedral in Valencia, Spain
Photograph #9 of the Cathedral in Valencia, Spain
Photograph #9 of the Cathedral in Valencia, Spain
Photograph #10 of the Cathedral in Valencia, Spain
Photograph #10 of the Cathedral in Valencia, Spain.
Photograph #11 of the Cathedral in Valencia, Spain
Photograph #11 of the Cathedral in Valencia, Spain.
Photograph #12 of the Cathedral in Valencia, Spain
Photograph #12 of the Cathedral in Valencia, Spain.
Photograph #13 of the Cathedral in Valencia, Spain
Photograph #13 of the Cathedral in Valencia, Spain.
Photograph #14 of the Cathedral in Valencia, Spain
Photograph #14 of the Cathedral in Valencia, Spain.
Photograph #15 of the Cathedral in Valencia, Spain
Photograph #15 of the Cathedral in Valencia, Spain.
Photograph #16 of the Cathedral in Valencia, Spain
Photograph #16 of the Cathedral in Valencia, Spain.
Photograph #17 of the Cathedral in Valencia, Spain
Photograph #17 of the Cathedral in Valencia, Spain
Photograph #18 of the Cathedral in Valencia, Spain
Photograph #18 of the Cathedral in Valencia, Spain.
Photograph #19 of the Cathedral in Valencia, Spain
Photograph #19 of the Cathedral in Valencia, Spain.

I do have more photographs, but I will only display 20 which is a nice round number. The visit to the ancient Cathedral of Valencia was truly an experience I will not forget. If you are going to Spain, most major cities will have a large Cathedral. I think you should go check it out.

Photograph #20 of the Cathedral in Valencia, Spain
Photograph #20 of the Cathedral in Valencia, Spain.

I hope you enjoy these photographs of the ancient Cathedral of Valencia. If you dare climb the bell tower, do not tell your friends it will chime on the hour. It will be a neat joke to play on them, and add memories to your visit.

Valencia Day 4 – A Revisit to the Prehistoric Museum of Valencia Spain

One of the many exhibits within the Prehistoric Museum of Valencia Spain

Valencia Day 4 – March 9th 2018. Partly sunny today with temps reaching 21c.

After breakfast and a shower the idea is to make a revisit to the prehistoric museum. I was about 80% of the way through the main two museums and my Canon T3i and the phone battery were low.  Additionally, if you read the post where I was testing the quality of photographs between the LG G4 smartphone and the Cannon T3i,  you will understand the other reasons I am returning to this expansive museum. My aim today is to finish the third floor of the main museum and then see if I can get through the other two museums which are located in a courtyard in the back of the Prehistoric museum main building.

I was eager to go. I wanted to get through the Prehistoric museum of Valencia and visit one other site that is close to it.

I arrived right at 1000 when the museum opened. in the front were many schoolgirls in uniforms, which apparently were going to take a guided tour of the museum. I managed to get into the museum first. I paid my 2 euro and checked my backpack. As I checked in the backpack, the museum becomes full with children, all waiting to go on the tour. The museum lobby went from a quiet area to much chatter. I simply laughed and decided to go up to the third floor immediately. The tours start to move and I am happy that I am heading up to the top, so I can get photos free of much other people traffic…… Uh oh. As I head up to the third floor at least two tours of children are headed my way. LOL. Oh well. It is a free country.

I decided to go within the room of Rome.  Yesterday I arrived here and the Canon T3i battery died and the LG G4 phone was screaming at me for low battery.

The doorway that leads to Rome exhibit within the Prehistoric museum located in Valencia Spain.
The doorway that leads to Rome exhibit within the Prehistoric museum located in Valencia Spain.

Today I am armed to the teeth with batteries. I decided to use the LG G4 smartphone for these photographs. Should the need for me to shoot more wide angles, I could go down to the main floor and take my Canon T3i.

Immediately within the doors, very close are many items of roman culture. These appear to be recovered from a ship wreck.

Roman clay pottery on display within the prehistoric museum located in Valencia, Spain
Roman clay pottery on display within the prehistoric museum located in Valencia, Spain.

This winding path was very interesting. In a surprise, I noticed some old ancient Roman coins. There were two displays. The problem shooting these displays is that a sliding magnifying glass was in the way. I had to shoot both display cases in two shots. I will attempt to sew these together when I get home.

The First Roman coin case, part 1 located within the prehistoric museum of Valencia Spain
The First Roman coin case, part 1 located within the prehistoric museum of Valencia Spain
The First Roman coin case, part 1 located within the prehistoric museum of Valencia Spain
The First Roman coin case, part 2 located within the prehistoric museum of Valencia Spain.

I am a collector of coins, and I was very thrilled to see all of these. But for coins, this was JUST the beginning.   I will try to keep myself from adding many photos of coins. I share most of them with the coin people located at www.conecaonline.org . I have well over over 50 photos of coins that were located within the walls of this Prehistoric Museum located in Valencia Spain.

A Roman statue surprises me around a corner within the Prehistoric Museum located in Valencia, Spain
A Roman statue surprises me around a corner within the Prehistoric Museum located in Valencia, Spain.

Moving on throughout the museum, I will highlight some of the more impressive photographs of items that I have seen.  Remember, this museum is massive and it has three floors. The photographs will not be in any specific order, but I hope you enjoy some of the finds within the Prehistoric Museum located in Valencia, Spain.

Ancient coin minting process located within the walls of the prehistoric museum located in Valencia, Spain.
Ancient coin minting process located within the walls of the prehistoric museum located in Valencia, Spain.
A bust sculpture located within the prehistoric museum located in Valencia, Spain.
A bust sculpture located within the prehistoric museum located in Valencia, Spain.
Three small statues located in a special green room within the prehistoric museum located in Valencia, Spain
Three small statues located in a special green room within the prehistoric museum located in Valencia, Spain.
One of many ceramic/clay pottery that was reconstructed for display in the prehistoric museum located in Valencia, Spain.
One of many ceramic/clay pottery that was reconstructed for display in the prehistoric museum located in Valencia, Spain.

 

A variety of what appear to be shipping containers within the prehistoric museum located in Valencia, Spain
A variety of what appear to be shipping containers within the prehistoric museum located in Valencia, Spain

 

A timeline of skulls located within the prehistoric museum located in Valencia, Spain.
A timeline of skulls located within the prehistoric museum located in Valencia, Spain.

 

A massive five foot urn located on the lower level of the prehistoric museum located in Valencia, Spain
A massive five foot urn located on the lower level of the prehistoric museum located in Valencia, Spain

 

Ancient collection of what appears to be of Egyptian culture located in the prehistoric museum located in Valencia, Spain.
Ancient collection of what appears to be of Egyptian culture located in the prehistoric museum located in Valencia, Spain.
A stone tablet with an ancient inscription located within the prehistoric museum located in Valencia, Spain.

 

Some early jewelry artifcats located within the prehistoric museum located in Valencia, Spain.
Some early jewelry artifacts located within the prehistoric museum located in Valencia, Spain.

 

A series of ancient bowls some with fitted tops within the prehistoric museum located in Valencia, Spain.
A series of ancient bowls some with fitted tops within the prehistoric museum located in Valencia, Spain.

 

Early figurines-spin on a carousel on the lower level of the prehistoric museum-located in Valencia Spain
Early figurines-spin on a carousel on the lower level of the prehistoric museum-located in Valencia Spain.

 

A display of old TV's showing static scenes of early Valencia, Spain
A display of horse cart holding old TV’s showing static scenes of early Valencia, Spain.

As I was about to go downstairs and depart the prehistoric museum, I noticed on coin sitting on a book. It looked quite detailed. I took a photograph of this coin and then simply said ‘Wow”. The details I viewed of this coin on the LG G4 smartphone were amazing.

An ancient coin sits on parchment within the prehistoric museum located in Valencia, Spain
An ancient coin sits on parchment within the prehistoric museum located in Valencia, Spain

I turn and see a female guard who was here the first day. She looks at my phone and I let her see the great details of this coin. I then start up google translate to tell her of this coin, and how it would be my dream to own a small fraction of what coins are displayed throughout the museum. Her response was classic. She stated “You can never put a price on such things as this. It is a history of heritage”.  She pointed me to one last massive treasure of old ancient coins.

A large horde of ancient coins within the prehistoric museum located in Valencia, SpainA large horde of ancient coins within the prehistoric museum located in Valencia, Spain.

I thanked the guard, and proceeded down stairs. I collected by items that were checked in and I said goodbye to the lady behind the information counter. She spoke fluent English which helped me out a lot. I told her of my pleasure of seeing all the ancient coins, and she handed me a brochure. I thanked her once more pondered what I wanted to do with the rest of the day. It was only 1230.

My mind was telling to go to another site that was close. Tomorrow is Saturday March 10, 2018 and in Valencia, Spain they are calling for rain and possible Thunderstorms in the afternoon.

So I went out to the museum courtyard and took a seat. I pulled up google maps and decided to walk another 900+ meters to the ancient Cathedral of Valencia.

My feet were feeling the effects of the walking over the last few days. I take my left shoe off and thought of my sore toe. The walking was tolerable, about a mile or more a day.  I immediately chuckled, shook my head and said to myself,  at least I feel better than what I saw in the museum !

A reconstruction of a skeleton of a small child within the prehistoric museum located in Valencia, Spain.
A reconstruction of a skeleton of a small child within the prehistoric museum located in Valencia, Spain.
An ancient sculpture of a foot within the prehistoric museum located in Valencia, Spain.
An ancient sculpture of a foot within the prehistoric museum located in Valencia, Spain. My toes aren’t as back and blue as these. LOL.

I hope you enjoyed the photos of the Prehistoric Museum located in Valencia, Spain. Everyday I will try to post one or two more sites that I will see while I am here.

Standby for another Day 4 post featuring the artwork and design of the Valencia Cathedral.

Valencia Spain Day 3 – The Visit to Torres de Quart.

Today I woke up in the city of Valencia, Spain at 0630 to some one walking in high heels in the room above me. My immediate thought was it was a tapping at the door, but once my senses were good, I realized what it was.

I got up and decided that today I will cook a healthy breakfast.
It consists of Egg Omelete, Sausage, Bread and a strong cup of coffee.

I am simply amazed at the incredible potent smells of spices coming from the sausage as they are being cooked. These sausages are a bit larger than the ones from the USA, but smell more potent than a large sausage like a Braut. Cooked, these look a vibrant pink color. I was skeptical that they were done, but even after 30 sec test in the microwave, they did not change any color. These sausages would be a BIG hit in the USA, in my opinion.

With the breakfast done, I prepare myself to leave the room for some of the day. I will bring the backpack. It will have my Canon Rebel T3i and a normal lens, as well as a wide angle lens. I have charged up 5 batteries, checked the remote shutter device and the tripod, should I need it.

Weather report for the day says its 10 degrees C and it may reach 19c near 1800. It will be partly cloudy. Right now as I look outside, it looks overcast.
I may have to adjust the camera settings prior to leaving the room.
It is best to do so, in case there is a good photograph with a small window of opportunity that I do not want to miss.

As I write this, I will attempt to add links from Google maps, so you get a general idea of my travels and what I will go see.  Nothing beats actually visiting a location, but at least you will share an experience as I navigate the streets of Valencia, Spain.

Today I woke up in the city of Valencia, Spain at 0630 to some one walking in high heels in the room above me.  My immediate thought was it was a tapping at the door, but once my senses were good, I realized what it was.

I got up and decided that today I will cook a healthy breakfast.
It consists of Egg Omelete, Sausage, Bread and a strong cup of coffee.

I am simply amazed at the incredible potent smells of spices coming from the sausage when I opened the packages as well as when they are being cooked. These sausages are a bit larger than the ones from the USA, but smell more potent than a large sausage like a Braut. Cooked, these look a vibrant pink color. I was skeptical that they were done, but even after 30 sec test in the microwave, they did not change any color. These sausages would be a BIG hit in the USA, in my opinion.

With the breakfast done, I prepare myself to leave the room for some of the day. I will bring the backpack. It will have my Canon Rebel T3i and a normal lens, as well as a wide angle lens. I have charged up 5 batteries, checked the remote shutter device and the tripod, should I need it.

Weather report for the day says its 10 degrees C and it may reach 19c near 1800. It will be partly cloudy. Right now as I look outside, it looks overcast.
I may have to adjust the camera settings prior to leaving the room.
It is best to do so, in case there is a good photograph with a small window of opportunity that I do not want to miss.

As I write this, I will attempt to add links from Google maps, so you get a general idea of my travels and what I will go see.  I want to wait to do this, probably on a day when it is raining. I’ll attempt to get this done as soon as I can. Nothing beats actually visiting a location, but at least you will share an experience as I navigate the streets of Valencia, Spain.

The walk to Torres de Quart, one of the oldest towers in the city of Valencia. This is free to visit, but if you wish to go up within the tower, you will need to buy a ticket. From what I hear, most historical places are free on Sundays.

Google maps made it easy and before I knew it, the massive towers were right in front of me.

Street view of Torres de Quart in Valencia Spain
Street view of Torres de Quart in Valencia Spain.

I went to the front office and paid my 2 Euro to enter the remains of this massive wall. Its is 1000 and the Tower was opening. I got to see the keys the keys they use to open the wooden doors throughout this historical site.

Two of the three keys used to open up the historical landmark of Torres de Quart in Valencia Spain
Two of the three keys used to open up the historical landmark of Torres de Quart in Valencia Spain

After purchasing a ticket, you can leave the office, and immediately at the bottom of the stairs, go to the right while you are still on the property. There is a set of stairs that you must climb to get up to the first level.

The first set of stairs within Torres de Quart, located in Valencia Spain.
The first set of stairs within Torres de Quart, located in Valencia Spain.

At this first level, you can see many things, but there are more levels to go up.

The first level view from Torres de Quart located in Valencia Spain
The first level view from Torres de Quart located in Valencia Spain.

A second staircase will bring you up to a walkway. The archway in the photograph below shows a slow in which arrows were fired from.

A second staircase brings you up to a main level within Torres de Quart located in Valencia, Spain.
A second staircase brings you up to a main level within Torres de Quart located in Valencia, Spain.

 

I will end up replacing this photo soon. It is here for visual display only.

white washing effect from the canon T3i. This is the third staircase.
The third set of stairs to climb. The stairs split.offering. A tower door is to the top left and right of the stairs.

In front of me, I see a set of stairs forks near the top. I see a small door open to the right, so I decided to see where it leads to.

Looking into the door, it is dark but I can see there is a very tight staircase. It is a winding staircase and the entrance at the top finally gets me to the top of the tower.

The dark, really narrow staircase leading to the top of Torres de Quart
The fourth and final set of stairs. These are dark, really narrow staircase leading to the top of Torres de Quart. This is from the top looking down..

From the Top of Torres de Quart, I can clearly see the horizon. The sun is trying to break through the clouds.

The top of Torres de Quart. You can easily see for miles.
The top of Torres de Quart. You can easily see for miles.

I look at my watch and I see it is after 1200. This afternoon there is supposed to be a chance of rain so I wanted to be inside the Prehistory Museum of Valencia should the storms come.

Here are some additional photos from within Torres de Quart

Spanish flags fly proudly on the top of Torres de Quart located in Valencia Spain.
Spanish flags fly proudly on the top of Torres de Quart located in Valencia Spain.

 

Some of the metal artwork within Torres de Quart located in Valencia, Spain.
Some of the metal artwork within Torres de Quart located in Valencia, Spain.

 

A gate on the 2nd level of Torres de Quart located in Valencia Spain.
A gate on the 2nd level of Torres de Quart located in Valencia Spain.
A keyhole which opens on of the fortified doors within the towers of Torres de Quart.
A keyhole which opens on of the fortified doors within the towers of Torres de Quart.
Second level doorways within Torres de Quart located in Valencia Spain.
Second level doorways within Torres de Quart located in Valencia Spain.
One of Two massive doors located on the street level at Torres de Quart in Valencia Spain.
One of Two massive doors located on the street level at Torres de Quart in Valencia Spain.

I decided to leave Torres de Quart after a hour or so. I tried to take as many photos of the horizon as I could, but when I am home, I will have to stitch the photos together to make the photographs look good.

Camera Tests and Selections while in Valencia Spain

Tonight, in reduced lighting, I decided to perform a test.
I wanted to test the quality of a Cannon T3i with a Roknon
wide angle lens. This post simply will compare the two.

Here are two photos. Both are untouched and taken from about the same distance. Look at the photos, zoom in and compare them.

Photo #1. Look at both photographs and determine what is better.
Photo #1. Look at both photographs and determine what is better.
Photo #1. Look at both photographs and determine what is better.
Photo #2. Look at both photographs and determine what is better.

This is something I should have considered performing prior to going overseas.

Some times if a person is an amateur photographer, they wont be using a high end camera. It is best to check out each setting prior to shooting a photo, especially if it is on a DSLR. I caught one such thing today. I simply grabbed the camera to look over the side of the tower. When I was done, I took a quick look at the camera and it had moved from one mode to the TV mode. I put it back to the “correct” setting. Well, you’ll see what I mean in the end.

Now that you’ve looked over the photos, the bottom one is actually from my LG G4 phone on the Auto setting. It DOES have a complete manual settings mode as well.

I came back from my first day of sightseeing. I went to
Torres De Quart and the Prehistoric Museum which are about a 15 minute walk to the farthest location.

I will need to revisit these places as the Canon Camera was not behaving very well. I have a wide angle lens on the Canon Rebel T3i. In reduced light, this was no problem, but in sunlight it was a battle to keep the white washing down,
which most photographs suffered from. It wasn’t due to a setting problem in regards to the Fstop or the ISO. I had the ISO between 100, 200 or 400 for most shots at the Torres De Quart. I never changed the F stop all day.

The second Story Staircase that leads up toward the top of the tower with Torres De Quart in Valencia Spain
The second Story Staircase that leads up toward the top of the tower within Torres De Quart in Valencia Spain. Shot with the Canon T3i and Wide Angle lens.
white washing effect from the canon T3i. This is the third staircase.
white washing effect from the canon T3i. This is the third staircase. I figured out the issue.

The F stop was pretty much near max, and a preview of the photos in the mini display looked good. Later in the day going back to the room and reviewing the photos I realized there was a big problem. I was
planning on visiting the Prehistoric Museum once more to
finish the tour, and the Torres De Quart is actually on the
way.

I’ll simply shoot this in the manual mode outside in bright light vice in the Program Mode (auto mode). I will adjust the F stop and the ISO accordingly so the bright sunlight will have less of an effect.

 

The Incredible Journey to Valencia Spain Day Two

Beautiful Valencia Orange trees line the edge of the street on most major roads.

Valencia day two March 7th 2018
time 1300, mostly clear, temp 62F.

Today I woke about 0630 and I took a small nap to 0730. I then did the bath. I decided today was the day in which I was to find a breakfast shop and then after this, find a decent market to shop. I went downstairs to the hotel lobby and asked the front desk about a good market. It is down the street, about a 5 to 10 minute walk. I told myself that I may need to take two trips, to concentrate on the vital items first and maybe some heavy items, but to bring back enough food for two to three days.

I ate breakfast at about 0900 when the shop across from the hotel opened. I opted for a small meal, more of two pieces of cake filled with fruit and a coffee. The price came up to less than 5 euro. After I was finished I see that they brought out fresh eggs and other items behind the counter which is meant to be like a small buffet that is served by the staff. The price was less than 5 euro as well. I decided I could use that as a fallback if I did not find items I needed at a market.

Breakfast in Valencia across the street from the hotel. It was simple and hit the spot.
Breakfast in Valencia across the street from the hotel. It was simple and hit the spot.

Once I was done, I thanked the staff at the shop and went back to the room. I emptied my backpack, just in case and started up google maps. Google says it would take about 5 minutes to get there and the market was open 0900 to 2100.

This market was pretty easy to find. In Google its is listed as Vidal. On the street and on the receipt, the name is Kuups. I walked around the block to make sure I was not at the wrong market. I decided to go in and look around. They had a lot of fresh pre-packaged items like in the photo. all what you see cost near 20 Euro and I was happy with that. I thought it would be more. I did look at other items but I knew my initial load would be a bit heavy. I think with three bags, the total weight was close to the backpack I carried through the airports – probably 25 or more pounds.

Valencia Market Butcher display in the back of the market on march 07, 2018
Valencia Market Butcher display in the back of the market on march 07, 2018

 

Monster drinks in the market located in Valencia Spain 07 March 2018
Monster drinks in the market located in Valencia Spain 07 March 2018

 

Bacon, Salami and many other meats found in the Valencia Market on march 07, 2018
Bacon, Salami and many other meats found in the Valencia Market on march 07, 2018
YES, the even carry USA based Cat treats. But I did not see Smokie's favorite here.
YES, they even carry USA based Cat treats. But I did not see Smokie’s favorite here.

 

Items from the first visit of the Valencia Market on March 07, 2018
Items from the first visit of the Valencia Market on March 07, 2018

I got back to the room and took everything out. I started to put the items in the fridge, and I noticed that in about a full day, this thing was not working right. I thought I heard the cleaning ladies and I asked them to look at the fridge. They said they would call some one. In about 5 minutes, I had a lady come up. She looked like management and did not speak much English. She was frustrated but I took out the google translate app and started the conversation service.  She basically said, maintenance would be right up to look at the item. In about five more minutes, they arrived and looked at the fridge. Yes, it needs replacing.

As I type this, the maintenance man has come in, and he has already removed the old unit. He is in the process of bringing in the new unit. Outstanding service, if it not already obvious. I am very pleased, as the meats I have will not last more than 3 hours if not in a cold fridge.
Project done in less than an hour. Perfect.

Besides going to the market once more, I will have to decide if I want to go sight seeing anywhere. I am finding google maps, with everything turned on is a blessing in disguise. It allows me to search for places on the laptop and pass these to the phone and I can navigate to the places without much worry. I also noted that this google maps will eat a lot of battery. This is why i will bring the battery pack. When it gets low, I will find a place to sit and offer it a chance to charge. This battery pack, a RAV power, can charge a phone up to six times. It was down to 2 out of four lights, and it was fully charged overnight, the maximum time it was plugged in was 6 hours.

When the phone is better, I will then move on. I will create a list of places that I can go to all in one circle which will not take more than 1 km each way. If I see two or three places a day, in less than a week I will be able to see everything I have written down.

Gogle translate conversation mode is working great ! I managed to decipher what the manager said about the fridge, the maintenace guy about the issue with the fridge and asking questions in the market for items that I needed.

I am fortunate the ladies behing the counter of the hotel speak decent english. All of them are very polite and have answered all my questions. I now know how to unlock the stove and use it without question. All I need is a few more items from the market.

Talking about the market, I decided to head back to the market once more. I understand this city is quite big, and it is packed with buildings and small shop all over Valencia. These shops are typically small, I would have to guess the size of most may be twenty feet wide and no more than forty feet deep. The look like a storage locker when closed up, and when open, bigger than a 20 x 20 unit as I know them in the USA.

I seen a garage that looks like a medium sized warehouse. Its pretty active in that area, so I imagine that this is more of what the USA offers as parking garage. It is across a busy street, and I decided to hold off my curiosity and keep moving.

A garage for parking close to city center, near Espinosa
A garage for parking close to city center, near Espinosa

A bus stops near the corner as I approach it and people come out quickly. Some more traffic comes from the crosswalk as it is green and safe to cross. I stopped, letting the chaotic motion subside. I look up, and I see near the road edge trees planted. I look up and notice they are Valencia orange trees. I take a quick photo and move towards the market.

Beautiful Valencia Orange trees line the edge of the street on most major roads.
Beautiful Valencia Orange trees line the edge of the street on most major roads.

I ended up buying a half loaf of freshly made bread, 5 liters of water, instant coffee, creamers and pepper. I asked where the salt was, and the man pointed to a 1 kg package. I asked if there was a smaller package and the answer was no. I decided to skip the salt.

Items from the second visit to the Valencia market on March 07 2018
Items from the second visit to the Valencia market on March 07 2018

Back in the room, I see that is close to 1300. I see that the fridge is cooling down nicely. I put the items away went to Google Maps to look over a possible path to navigate to see two or three sights in a day. I get messaged by my friend, and we hold a conversation in Whats Up for a few hours. I tell her what I have bought. Her only concern was that I clean the mushrooms completely before cooking. I snapped a photo of the cleaning tools neatly placed out on the balcony of my room, and she simply laughed.

The conversation faded, and so did my desire to keep my eyes open. The jet lag is fading fast but, I still feel the effects of it. I decided to take a nap. It lasted about three hours. I awoke near 1900. I decided to cook some pasta tonight, and have some vegetables that I bought from the market.

Tonight I will have Spinach and Ricotta cheese ravioli in a tomato sauce. I will add Mushrooms and shredded cheese to the mix at the end. I will have the end piece of the bread to soak up the tomato sauce. I show my friend what I have created and she offers me a Bon Appetit.

The beginning of dinner in Valencia on March 07. Ricotta and spinach filled ravioli in a red sauce with mushrooms.
The beginning of dinner in Valencia on March 07. Ricotta and spinach filled ravioli in a red sauce with mushrooms.

The meal of Ricotta Cheese and spinach filled Ravioli with a red sauce topped with Mushrooms and some shredded cheese.

The meal of Ricotta Cheese and spinach filled Ravioli with a red sauce topped with Mushrooms and some shredded cheese.Dinner was good,  just the right portion. I was full, but not stuffed. I decided on pasta because I want a lot of energy for tomorrow. I will be doing some sight seeing in Valencia Spain, and I may be walking close to 2 miles or more when the day is done.

I clean up my mess after a meal. I do what my late grandfather used to do when the grandmother was gone. Simply use one item of each, wash it at the end of the meal and house keeping remains simple. Keep the plate, bowl and utensils on the counter which will thwart you from using more.

I researched a few more sights to visit here in Valencia, Spain. Tomorrow I will end up heading out for 0900 when most of the sight seeing places in Valencia open up as well as the shops.

This is the end of the long post of day two in Valencia, Spain. Day three will show some tourist sights within the city center of Valencia.

The Incredible Journey to Valencia Spain Day One

Valencia Spain rooftop view from hotel

This post will end getting photographs and editing before it is truly done.
I will provide two outputs for each day in the end. One will be long, one will be short.
I will provide links to both. At first, it will be the long posts, so I do not forget anything.

The Incredible Journey to Valencia, Spain Day One – March 5th 2018.

I woke near 0800. I had most things in order, but I attended to a few things before I had to depart.

I have not flown in quite some time. I think I should have done a few flights in the USA vice diving into a European vacation. My bags consist of a rolling bag that holds all the clothing for two weeks, and some small gifts for a friend who resides in Spain. That bag weighs close to 35 pounds, and its a bit heavy, but not overly so for a 12 day trip. The second bag is a rolling laptop bag which has an upper end laptop in it and a backpack. The laptop bag has wheels so it scoots along quite nicely. When I have to pick it up, I think it weighs close to 10 pounds.

The most difficult of the three bags will be the backpack. I knew it would be best to throw in the Canon Camera, cables, all accessories like batteries, power cords. My personal laptop will be in this since I was bringing two laptops. So most of the techie things exist in the backpack. I grunted when I picked the backpack up. Full, it weighed close to 25 pounds. It doesn’t seem like a lot, but in a long haul the weight may surely eat at my endurance.

My son was up and able to take me to the local airport. I arrived at the airport about one hour before my flight. The weather was mostly sunny, with temeratures hovering in the mid 50’s. There was still some breeze, the after a effects of a northeaster storm that pushed up the coast March 2nd 2018 and canceled thousands of flights along the east coast – including mine. That is why I am fliying today.

I asked my son if he could drop me off at the curb so I could at least get the luggage out, go to the check in counter, and getting that all started. He had no problem with it and parked the car and met me at the check in counter for the airlines.

I checked in the rolling clothing bag, and carried the other two towards the TSA gate. Since I have not flown in quite some time, I wasn’t absolutely sure what I could take or not take. I tried doing some research on the internet for specific items both for USA and international flights and got some answers, but not alot. I managed to get through TSA and I could look back and see my son waiting for me to give him the thumbs up. It took probably 10 minutes for me to dig everything out. Two laptops, the shoes, the belt, phone, keys, food, and everything else. Then, putting it all back and making it fit and not slide is always an event. But, everything went fine.

When we boarded, and I found my seat, I sat next to a lady from Maine. She came down to see her daughter who just had a third child. We talked about the trips and small talk. A Lady from Smithsfield Virginia named Leia I believe, who was on the flight as well, and asked some questions about a train leaving Madrid. I told her I did limited research on Madrid, and focused on my ultimate destination – Valencia Spain.

The Flight to Philadelphia was short and arrived in Philadelphia on time. The Philadelphia International airport is quite massive, but they do offer shuttle services and such. But, once I was on the ground in Philadelphia, I knew I had a long layover, close to six hours. Prior to the trip, I did some research on the places to eat within the airport. I will eventually get there. Now to spend some time walking and trying to kill six hours in the airport.

The flight into Philadelphia landed in the F termainal where most smaller commuter planes land. Looking at my flight schedule, I noticed that I was flying out of Terminal A. I groaned. I haven’t carried to much weight on my fragile back, so my immediate comment to myself was – this is going to leave a mark. I planned for some pain, I typically take Alleve 12 hour gel pills in preparation for this, but I know I will be uncomfortable at the destination of my lovely adventure, Valencia, Spain.

I opened up my notebook with some research notes and refreshed my brain as to what gates some of the wonder food existed. I started walking in Philadelphia International airport, leaving gate F and ultimately ending in Terminal A. I kept my eyes wide open and looked at all the airport had to offer. News Stands, Burgers, Asian food, Shoe care stand, Victoria Secrets,….. wait, what? Hehehe. Yes in the Philadelphia airport is a smaller version of Victoria Secrets. I pulled out the phone and shot a photo the Victoria Secrets banner and sent it to a friend, asking her if she wanted anything from the shop. She says, OK. I ask, well, what do you want? She laughs and says she was joking. OK fine. Moving onward !

Victoria Secret in Philadelphia International Airport
Victoria Secret in Philadelphia International Airport

I stopped at a Fork in one the many paths I can choose, and I notice a USO sign on the wall. Oh My God. This means I can sit down in a safer environment and have some sort of rest, relaxation and maybe a small drink on the house? I decided to head that way. The USO is downstairs, below the main path of places to eat and shop. It’s close to an Irish Pub, but the name escapes me. If I can remember to come back to this post, I’ll add the info here.

Walking down the stairs, down the corridor and to the right is a USO check in area. Many people sat around and welcomed me and praised me for my years of service. Everything was explained to me about the establishment. One area holds a food area, and the other area down the hall has chairs for rest and relaxation, with board games and even a business center with the lights pretty well dimmed down. The back room has some game consoles and such. The R&R room itself has quite a selection of comfy chairs to take a burden off my feet. I stayed within the R&R room in the USO until it was about an hour and a half before my flight. As I headed out, I stopped and thanked everyone that was staff for the hospitality they offered. I then went in search my goal, a good meal from an establishment in Philadelphia International airport.

A Wall of Philadelphia History inside the Philadelphia International airport
A Wall of Philadelphia History inside the Philadelphia International airport

Prior to the trip, I did some research on the places to eat within the airport. I seen two places. One was a pizza establishment, Aldo Lamemberti Trattoria and the other was a sit down italian style place which was named Cibo Bistro and Wine Bar. What Cibo Bistro and Wine Bar offered was no where near what most call a typical small portioned, cold and nasty airport food. Cibo Bistro and Wine Bar food was actually rteally good and a decent sized portion. I highly recommend Cibo Bistro and Wine Bar located near gate C3/C6 in the Philadelphia International airport.

My waitress was a huge help. I wanted to pay cash, so with all things chosen, I paid her in advance and waited for the meal to come. It came out pretty fast. I managed to eat 90% of it and drink something I grabbed from the USO and the bill came up to near 18 dollars. I gave the waitress $25.00 and collected my items and started heading towards my destination gate going to Madrid.

Cibo Bistro and Wine Bar Philadelphia International Airport
Cibo Bistro and Wine Bar Philadelphia International Airport

I looked at my clock. It was close to an hour before the flight and I could see the staff check in people moving around quite quickly as if they were ready to start bording. Sure enough, they actually started pretty early. I asked the staff at the gate if military could board after priority people and I was given a thank you a nod and I was entering the aircraft.

The aircraft that carried me to Madrid Spain
The aircraft that carried me to Madrid Spain

On the 4th I actually changed my seat assignment to get a wee bit close to the front of the aircraft. I seen an aisle seat, within the four seat section which put me 5 rows from the first row in the economy seats. I put my bags away, sit down, and get a bit comfy when I hear the voice of someone. I look up and its the Lady from Smithsfield Virginia named Leia I believe. When almost everyone was in their seats, I noticed the aircraft at BEST was partially full. Now I understand why tey limit flights like this. They’d go broke if they had to fly with the aircraft at 25% capacity. Leia and I ended up chatting some. I also tried to explain the usage of the Google Translate app that offers text translation along with voice – it even allows you to hold a conversation and will translate everything it hears.

Soon after the conversation with Leia, I noticed the flight was ready to go. We pulled out of the gate and got ready to take off. The take off was a bit turbulent, but nothing overly horrifying. At this point, I looked at my watch. I tried avoiding calculating how long this trip was going to take, but I had all night to think about it.

I was up at 0800 on the morning of March 5th. I knew if all went well, I would be landing in Valencia, Spain on March 6th at approximately 1300. I had to account for delays with the flights leaving late or bad weather and everything included. Add in the fact that customs/immigration could take some time too. I told myself, all in all – I think arrival in my room in Valencia Spain at 1600 on March 6 is an obtainable goal. So, that’s a total of 32…… wait ! I have to recalculate a bit. The departure time was in USA time and the arrival time was in Spanish time. So I took the total hours and subtracted the 6 hours difference. WHEW, its “ONLY” 26 hours of travel.

I don’t want to point fingers or get into all the antics of people do when flying overseas or for extremely long flights. In the past I have seen my share of this. The flight was long, as expected. Total distance from Philadelphia to Madrid was nearly 3700 miles. The airlines gave us dinner near 1800 and then about 2000 they dimmed the lights way down.

Leia was extremely lucky. She had no one in the row of 4 seats and decided to get some well deserved rest. I stayed in my assigned seat, and tried to get as comfortable as I could. There was a brief period where I almost fell asleep, but we ran into a slight patch of turbulence that lasted 15 minutes, and I wasn’t able to get any sleep the entire night. That is OK though, since the night before flying, I forced myself to sleep as many hours as I could stand. I felt I was rested enough to make it all the way. Believe me, I had my doubts along the way saying, you know even after I get to Madrid, I still have ANOTHER five hours before I am standing in Valencia, Spain.

Morning comes and a lot of drowsy people and waking up. The flight eventually lands in Madrid. I honestly believe it landed a few minutes early. I grabbed my bags and headed out the plane walking within earshot of Leia as she explained catching up to college girls who were headed in the general area she was. This is where Leia actually offered her name in this story and it was done so as we were walking towards immigration  in the airport with a lot of noise and announcements going on. I see a Iberia counter and I decide to stop. I thought for a second, I’d end up losing Leia by doing this, but she may read about this post on my trip to Valencia. I hope her travels within Spain are awesome and her trip back to Smithfield is fast and safe as well.

I had my questions answered about the Iberia  flight from Madrid to Valencia and I started to move towards Immigration. I was honestly surprised to see over 10 immigration gates open. Each line ended up having about 25 people in them, and the process only took 10-15 minutes. I told the officer I was headed to Valencia for a 2 week vacation and I would go back to the USA. He was pleased with the answer, and smacked a stamp within one of my my Passport pages.

Now I am through Immigration and looking for the K gates. It took about 15 minutes or so to navigate around to the right area, which included another TSA style baggage screening. OK FINE. This was pretty much the same thing, no issues, repacked a little slower and eventually found the K gates.

The four hour delay in Madrid went by quite fast, I was surprised.  In Madrid, gate information is much different than what I am used to in the USA. The flights are listed, but the actual gate is not listed until an hour before your departure. When it was down to one hour, I looked for the gate number and headed that way. It was boarding passengers for a flight to “OPORTO”, or Portugal. I tried to approach the person and ask if the next flight was going to……. She says, right now I talk of Oporto! Not of Valencia. Oporto. OK Fine, I guess she had a bad day. hehehe.

The flight shows up on the monitors and I head that way. I look at the time and its pretty close to departure time and we haven’t even boarded yet. It was amazing to see how fast the staff changed check in crews, changed the sign and started checking in passengers for the flight to Valencia. It moved so quickly, I did not even see the plane taxi up to the gate.

Once I was on my way to board, instead of a boarding area directly into the plane, we were take down some stairs and walked across the street onto the tarmac and boarded a plane that might have held about 40 or so people. The airport staff  noticed me with two bags, and they wanted to check the bag, until I ended showing them all, the laptop bag actually has a laptop in it. Once i boarded the aircraft headed to Valencia, I immediately noticed the over head bins were REALLY small compared to most others I have flown. In the end, the seat was found, and baggage stored and we were on our way.

The Captain said it would have 45 minutes to get to Valencia from Madrid, but honestly, it felt like I was shot out of a cannon. Whatever time was lost when the Madrid flight shared the gate, was easily made up. I landed in Valencia with some sort of expectation to go through a customs style service where they ask if I had anything to declare or were going to open up bags on a whim, but there was none of that. I simply departed the smaller plan on the tarmac, climbed down the really really skinny staircase, got on the tarmac and waled inside Valencia airport. I followed signs to the baggage claim which wasn’t difficult at all.

My first thought was – I’d be quite impressed IF my only checked bag was with me on that flight. I looked and seen my bag coming, and all I could do is shake my head. After a long adventure, my feet and all my luggage are with me in Valencia Spain.

I had booked a taxi though the hotel and I did not see anyone holding a sign with my name on it near the luggage claim area or immediately outside the area. I stood around for a some time, about 15 minutes but, there was nobody but passengers and people greeting them. I followed the signs to where the taxi’s were stationed and I decided to go for it.

I knew there would be a slight language barrier, but the man driving the taxi knew where I was headed. He packed up the bags and allowed me to sit in front with him. He was playing some United States home grown jazz and blues. He spoke very broken English at best, and the ride was enjoyable. I turned on Google Maps to see the route he was taken, and it was a pretty direct route.

He handed me a map for free which was English and Spanish, about the Festivals that are happening in Valencia and in general, all through Spain. We found the hotel, and the man pulled my bags. The fare was 21 Euro, but he enlightened me on some areas of the city as we drove, that I ended up giving him 30 Euro for his hospitality. He helped take the bags to the check in counter, and I shook his hand and thanked him.

Check in at the hotel was fast and easy. I went upstairs to my room, hauling the three bags full for the last time at least until the end of the vacation. It was close to 1530, and all I wanted to do was check the electronics for any damage, unpack some of the clothing to get some wrinkles out and get some well deserved sleep.

A Wall of Philadelphia History inside the Philadelphia International airport
The Hotel I stayed in while I was in Valencia, Spain

So that’s part one of the Incredible journey to Valencia Spain. This post will probably bay far be the longest, but time will tell. Stand by for more posts and photos as I navigate my way though Valencia Spain.