Valencia Spain Daytime Falla Fireworks event City Hall center

Here is the You Tube video link of the Valencia Spain Falla Daytime Fireworks event City Hall center. The crazy part to all this is the massive ground shaking explosions that can be seen about 3 minutes into this video. The fireworks were better live than what is shown here. Sunday March 11, 2018 was my first visit to see these fireworks, and that day was the best. BUT, a camera malfunction caused me to miss filming the event. So I went back a few days later and filmed this event instead.

Valencia Day 9 – Plaza de la Virgen and Palau del Marques de Campo

Photo #8 within Marques de Campo museum located in Valencia Spain

I was on the edge whether I wanted to go out adventuring the day before I go back to the USA. I sat and looked over the city of Valencia, Spain via google maps and I noticed two places up by where the Valencia Cathedral is that may show promise.

One is a simple Plaza that holds a fountain and it is close to the Valencia Cathedral. It is called Plaza de la Virgen. The other location is Palau del Marques de Campo museum. Marques de Campo was a wealthy man back in the 17th century who maintained a huge fortress.

I headed out towards Plaza de la Virgen and the walk would take me about 0.5 miles from the hotel. When I arrived, I looked around and I heard a friendly female voice ask if I wanted something to drink. I jokingly replied, it depends if you are buying? She giggled and said no, not right now. I told her I would take lunch and a drink later after I am done photographing the Plaza courtyard and one other museum.

Photo #1 of Plaza de la Virgen located in Valencia, Spain.
Photo #1 of Plaza de la Virgen located in Valencia, Spain.

Part of the courtyard was blocked off due to this gigantic wooden Falla style statue. People were able to maneuver around it without issue. It was a tourist magnet for sure.

Photo #2 of Plaza de la Virgen located in Valencia, Spain.
Photo #2 of Plaza de la Virgen located in Valencia, Spain.
Photo #3 of Plaza de la Virgen located in Valencia, Spain.
Photo #3 of Plaza de la Virgen located in Valencia, Spain.
Photo #4 of Plaza de la Virgen located in Valencia, Spain.
Photo #4 of Plaza de la Virgen located in Valencia, Spain.
Photo #5 of Plaza de la Virgen located in Valencia, Spain.
Photo #5 of Plaza de la Virgen located in Valencia, Spain.

That was the extent of Plaza de la Virgen.

I looked at google maps and noticed that Palau del Marques de Campo museum was just around the corner. I decided to go there before I sat down for lunch.

Arriving at Palau del Marques de Campo within minutes, I paid my 2 Euro to enter and took some photographs of some statues in the courtyard before I wandered inside the museum. When I walked into the museum, I was pleasantly surprised. Their were stairs immediately up, and I could see a pretty vast amount of windows and rooms. At the first landing I was greeted by a lovely painting.

She looks like she is waving at me, almost invitingly. I chuckled and said, I take that invite, and pull the painting off the wall, the only invite I will receive is one to the nearest prison.

Photo #1 within Marques de Campo museum located in Valencia Spain
Photo #1 within Marques de Campo museum located in Valencia Spain.

The staircases at this lower level were simply magnificent. Very much ornate, and well taken care of.

Photo #2 within Marques de Campo museum located in Valencia Spain
Photo #2 within Marques de Campo museum located in Valencia Spain.
Photo #3 within Marques de Campo museum located in Valencia Spain
Photo #3 within Marques de Campo museum located in Valencia Spain
Photo #4 within Marques de Campo museum located in Valencia Spain
Photo #4 within Marques de Campo museum located in Valencia Spain

Some of these paintings would be documented and go back as far as 1500.

Photo #5 within Marques de Campo museum located in Valencia Spain
Photo #5 within Marques de Campo museum located in Valencia Spain
Photo #6 within Marques de Campo museum located in Valencia Spain
Photo #6 within Marques de Campo museum located in Valencia Spain
Photo #7 within Marques de Campo museum located in Valencia Spain
Photo #7 within Marques de Campo museum located in Valencia Spain
Photo #8 within Marques de Campo museum located in Valencia Spain
Photo #8 within Marques de Campo museum located in Valencia Spain.
Photo #9 within Marques de Campo museum located in Valencia Spain
Photo #9 within Marques de Campo museum located in Valencia Spain
Photo #10 within Marques de Campo museum located in Valencia Spain
Photo #10 within Marques de Campo museum located in Valencia Spain
Photo #11 within Marques de Campo museum located in Valencia Spain
Photo #11 within Marques de Campo museum located in Valencia Spain
Photo #12 within Marques de Campo museum located in Valencia Spain
Photo #12 within Marques de Campo museum located in Valencia Spain
Photo #13 within Marques de Campo museum located in Valencia Spain.
Photo #13 within Marques de Campo museum located in Valencia Spain.
Photo #14 within Marques de Campo museum located in Valencia Spain.
Photo #14 within Marques de Campo museum located in Valencia Spain.
Photo #15 within Marques de Campo museum located in Valencia Spain.
Photo #15 within Marques de Campo museum located in Valencia Spain.
Photo #17 within Marques de Campo museum located in Valencia Spain.
Photo #17 within Marques de Campo museum located in Valencia Spain.
Photo #18 within Marques de Campo museum located in Valencia Spain.
Photo #18 within Marques de Campo museum located in Valencia Spain.
Photo #19 within Marques de Campo museum located in Valencia Spain.
Photo #19 within Marques de Campo museum located in Valencia Spain.
Photo #20 within Marques de Campo museum located in Valencia Spain.
Photo #20 within Marques de Campo museum located in Valencia Spain.
Photo #21 within Marques de Campo museum located in Valencia Spain.
Photo #21 within Marques de Campo museum located in Valencia Spain.

In the end, I would shoot 165+ photos in the Palau del Marques de Campo museum. I did not take a photo of everything, only select items that were quite interesting to me.  I was pleasantly surprised at the amount of items that were in this museum. This is a MUST see if your planning a visit in Valencia, Spain or simply live there and are looking for something to do for an hour or two.

Well, my travels through Valencia Spain are over. Once I am back in the USA I will summarize it all with one last post. I hope you enjoyed the photos !

 

 

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 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.