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.

Home Front the Revolution Weapon Parts Quirk ?

I think I found a quirk within Home Front the Revolution. I say its a quirk and not a glitch, because this does not happen all the time. Glitches typically can be achieved each and every time. This quirk happens only occasionally.

So I went into the resistance side of the game. I had about 3500 cash and my aim was to buy Consumable crates and try to get some much needed weapons parts to upgrade my weapons.

We all know how slim a chance it is to get weapons parts in Home Front the Revolution Resistance mode, so when I find something quirky, I like to share.

I’ll do these steps in bullet order;

  • I go to the Armory
  • i Click on consumable crate, it asks if I want to purchase the crate
  • I hit escape to go back to the crate listing and quickly choose the consumables crate again.
  • This time I say YES to purchasing the crate.

I don’t know why there is a better chance getting weapon parts in a crate this way, but it has a habit of working pretty well. Lets say I have enough funds to buy 7 crates. Typically, if I just buy them normally i MIGHT get one weapon parts in the seven crates. Doing the Quirk listed above, I am averaging three weapons parts out of 7 crates. To me that is worth trying over and over again.

I just performed this quirk about 10 minutes ago, and this is what I pulled from doing the Quirky Consumable crates !

Home Front the Revolution consumable crate #1
Home Front the Revolution consumable crate #1

 

Home Front the Revolution consumable crate #2
Home Front the Revolution consumable crate #2

 

Home Front the Revolution consumable crate #3
Home Front the Revolution consumable crate #3

its worth giving this a shot. I noticed this a few days ago and the odds are in your favor to pass up on the immediate purchase of a Home Front the Revolution Consumables Crate and then quickly purchase it utilizing your mouse.

Good luck ! Hope it helps.

OMG ! Hilarious Dying Light game footage

Dying light game splash screen

Every time I go to my youtube channel and I want a laugh, I simply Watch this Dying Light video.

It starts out with me using propane gas cans as bowling balls knocking down and killing zombies with them.

But at the end, I take all the propane tanks I can find, place them near a car trap and the ending is simply hilarious when the zombies go flying one to two stories in the air ! it was a blast to see them all go flying. hehehe !!

I then ran the hell out of that zone because any loud BANG bring the rabid zombies out of hiding. I don’t know if you can hear me in the video but I was laughing so hard at the end I could hardly steer my character to safety.

 

CoD Mw3 Coop Survival wave scores

CoD MW3 three Juggs on Bakaara

I managed to get some time to sit down and pen and ink a list of Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 coop survival maps and wave counts. Since Anna’s laptop went down, I haven’t participated in much MW3 coop survival. I do Ready Up with Lee out in California some but, life in general keeps us from gaming on a regular basis.

Here is a list I am going to work on. Some of the score are obviously wrong,  thanks to Activision’s jacked up database issues. As I find my top scores via Youtube videos or screenshots at the end of the game, I’ll add them here. I DO NOT consider disconnects a true confirmed game play, unless there is solid proof like a video of the action. Bear with me on this list, I have over 300 videos on youtube  hehehehe.   =)

CoD MW3 Coop Survival Map Resistance        Solo 54    Coop 99
CoD MW3 Coop Survival Map Village                  Solo 30    Coop 41
CoD MW3 Coop Survival Map Interchange      Solo 32     Coop 78
CoD MW3 Coop Survival Map Underground   Solo 49     Coop 90
CoD MW3 Coop Survival Map Dome                   Solo 31     Coop 63
CoD MW3 Coop Survival Map Mission                Solo 30    Coop 92
CoD MW3 Coop Survival Map Seatown              Solo 48    Coop 78
CoD MW3 Coop Survival Map Carbon                 Solo 33    Coop 109
CoD MW3 Coop Survival Map Bootleg                Solo 36    Coop 59*
CoD MW3 Coop Survival Map Hardhat                Solo 31     Coop 37
CoD MW3 Coop Survival Map Fallen                    Solo 43     Coop 90
CoD MW3 Coop Survival Map Outpost               Solo 57     Coop 27*
CoD MW3 Coop Survival Map Lockdown           Solo 31     Coop 37
CoD MW3 Coop Survival Ma  Arkaden                 Solo 31     Coop 68
CoD MW3 Coop Survival Map Downturn            Solo 31    Coop 28
CoD MW3 Coop Survival Map Bakaara                Solo 61    Coop 55

CoD MW3 Coop Survival Map Piazza                       Solo 38    Coop 48*
CoD MW3 Coop Survival Map Liberation               Solo 45    Coop 33*
CoD MW3 Coop Survival Map Overwatch              Solo 32    Coop 32
CoD MW3 Coop Survival Map Black box                Solo 72     Coop 84
CoD MW3 Coop Survival Map Sanctuary               Solo 87     Coop 64
CoD MW3 Coop Survival Map Foundation            Solo 38      Coop 48
CoD MW3 Coop Survival Map Oasis                         Solo 32      Coop 44
CoD MW3 Coop Survival Map Terminal                  Solo 59      Coop 32*
CoD MW3 Coop Survival Map Decommission    Solo 58       Coop 25*
CoD MW3 Coop Survival Map Off Shore                Solo 30      Coop 59
CoD MW3 Coop Survival Map Gulch                         Solo 31       Coop 51
CoD MW3 Coop Survival Map Boardwalk              Solo 31      Coop 09*
CoD MW3 Coop Survival Map Parish                        Solo 32      Coop 41

I do what I can in MW3, when my lower back acts up, I tend to quit before it becomes unbearable. I told the MI group MW3 team mates that I should be a last resort when it comes to WR’s and going over 100 waves. Simply put, the body aint liking one position for a very long time – minus sleep that is.

 

What slightly irritates me are the ultimate glitch morons. They can claim whatever they want to. But when it comes down to the truth, only they know for sure whether they have used hundreds of thousands of tubes or not. They claim “no tubes” – sure- whatever. One player who I played MW3only a few times told me he NEVER plays solo coop survival “its too scary” – now claims world records in the solo game as well. Now he’s a rabid ultimate glitch tuber – a hell of a cheat and has over 5000 youtube subscribers believing in his actions. HA! people are gullible.

Yeah, I have screenshots of them in the ultimate glitch group. yeah I have screenshots of them using tubes live in game. They can play with their insecure buddies and call it fun. All the real, clean non poisoned talent left this game a long time ago.

I booted all their asses a long time ago from the Mission Incredible Group and it was one of the best things I did. I hope their asses are still sore from it.  = D

 

Home Front The Revolution – Burnt Offerings

Homefront the Revolution Resistance Mode Burnt offerings in 5.5 minutes

Home Front The Revolution – Burnt Offerings, which is a Resistance mode play (basically Coop Survival) offers more than charred materials. Its a very quick way to get some coop survival play in, Burnt offerings is the one I can play over and over, gaining about $2000 in credits and when I needed Experience points, I would end up some where between 750 to 1050 xp per mission.

And the good news is, you can complete this mission on Easy, and get it done in under 6 minutes. Worse case scenario, it could take you 10 to 12 minutes. In any event, Its all about cash and XP in this game.

I have a few videos up of how to do Burnt Offerings on Easy, Burnt Offerings on Normal and Burnt Offerings on Hard.

Its the same tactic on all three levels. The problem with the “hard” difficulty is that a Goliath will show up and make it difficult to kill the last 3 gas containers. Honestly, for me, I would rather run Burnt Offerings on easy twice and not have to use up any explosives than to throw 4-7 bombs on the Hard difficulty.

It has that smooth game play like Mw3, but Homefront the Revolution coop missions are much shorter in duration. The Coop Survival missions can have up to Four players and as you have seen above, three different levels of difficulty. For those needing a coop survival quick fix, this might be your cure.

DeadLee690 – Always a good partner in MW3

deadlee690 on steam

Lee, or also known as DeadLee690 in Steam is always looking for veteran players and people who can go far in CoD Mw3. Lee resides out in California, USA. So for planning purposes, make sure your connection is able to travel to him with no internet issues.

Lee has helped me push some MW3 maps pretty far. His strategy and tactics are key to the Teamwork. At the end of the waves, I keep the Helo or last enemy busy and Lee sets the map up for the next challenge. BOOM. wave complete. Next !

Lee has helped me push the following MW3 Coop Survival maps pretty far:

Resistance 99

Interchange 78

Underground 90

Mission 92

Carbon 109

There is one handicap when I play for long periods of time. I have a bad back, and this information was spread throughout the Mission Incredible group. I told them all, don’t expect me to try for world records or go past 100 waves.

Lee is very polite, and likes to get things done as quick as possible. I suggest reading the tips and tricks of MW3 below before diving into a game and with one of the best, still active players of the MW3 .

  • Know when the Juggs and Chopper waves are. its important.  On this website I have a MW3 Juggs and Chopper “Cheat Sheet” which lists when they come on all the coop survival maps. It’s a one page deal which will make your life a lot easier.
  • Make sure you leave one enemy or one Chopper alive at the end of the Jugg/Chopper wave. I suggest leaving a Chopper alive. It’s much easier to avoid a chopper’s gun.  If your playing with a Vet. make sure it looks like the other player is done getting supplies and is ready to start the next wave. Spray the Chopper with bullets to acknowledge your ready. Wait for a response – They may be on a bathroom break or on the phone. Be patient, it makes a big difference.
  • To avoid Chopper fire, listen for the egg beater sound before the chopper shoots. Make sure you are moving forward, and when you hear that sound, hit the ground. About 90% of the time the chopper will miss you. Once the chopper is done shooting, get up and keep moving. Do this every time the chopper shoots at you.
  • DO NOT buy riot squads, Delta Squads, Predators or Airstrikes before wave 30. Its simply throwing money away. You are going to need a stockpile of cash in later waves, when the Juggs and Choppers will take a lot of airstrikes to knock them down. Later waves in Mw3 can easily cost you 10,000+ to get through one wave.
  • Share the wealth – If you have a lot of cash in the game, buy what you need and give a little bit to your partner. Whom ever has the most kills will have the most money. If you don’t share, your partner will have little supplies and smaller guns when the BIG stuff comes later. Remember, the key is playing like a Team.
  • If the other player appears to have set c4 spawn traps – items that will kill the enemy when they enter the map – MAKE SURE you are right next to them when the wave starts ! It’s vital. The reason for this is, the enemy can spawn on different points on a map, depending on where you are located.
  • Running in MW3 is quite simple. Bunny hop and move forward. This is essential to open up the distance between you and the enemy that are following you.
  • Stick together. taking alternate paths will split the enemy up and you will quickly find yourself surrounded, or one player goes down with a lot of enemy all around them. Sticking together will make the waves go by much quicker.
  • Whether you are playing alone, or with a partner, the MAX NUMBER of claymores that can be placed on the ground is TWENTY. The same goes for C4. If a 21st claymore or C4 is put down, it will destroy the first one that was placed – or more if there was a plie of them close together. DO NOT assume you are free to drop C4 and claymores on a whim, especially if the partner is setting up spawn traps. Its best to ask.

That is most of the common good playing skills one needs to know when playing with CoD MW3 Vets that know how to go 100+ waves on any given map, any given day.

If your into playing a game with Lee, hit him up on Steam, should your resume look good enough, you may be playing MW3 with one of the best active MW3 players out there. Better yet, join the Coop Survial group in Steam and be in the same group with Lee, and a few players who still participate in MW3.

Good luck.

  • MI

 

CoD MW3 Coop Survival – Sentry Gun Glitch

Often wonder how some of the elite players get multiple guns in CoD MW3 Coop Survival ?  It’s pretty easy to do, honestly. I started using the multiple gun glitch when I realized that Activision was slowly but surely tweeking the configuration of the enemy on the Coop Survival side of MW3. Now, the Enemy – or AI (artificial intelligence) above wave 50 are as powerful as medium level Juggs. Their aim is better, they can sprint and fire with deadly accuracy. The only way that you won’t run out of ammo is to have more than two guns.

When I was actively playing MW3 and posting videos, I was being asked the question “Hey, how are you getting more than two weapons in MW3 Coop Survival?” I finally had to post a link on the Mission Incredible You Tube home Page for users to easily find the video. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t mind answering comments on you tube, but this was a quick way for subscribers to find the answer to this question without a delay.

For example, I was on wave 50 or higher in Bakaara. It was a Jugg wave I was hiding in the black plastic bag behind the explosive armory, where the enemy cannot see me. At close, point blank range, where the enemy were practically standing still, I used all the ammo in 4 out of 5 LMG’s, an ACR, an AK-47, and two other weapons. That is not including kills that were done via claymores I planted prior to the wave starting. My point is, if it takes more than 40 bullets to kill an enemy after wave 40 or so, and there are 20+ enemy coming, you need to be highly accurate in your shots or your two guns will be empty by the end of the wave, if you have two LMG’s at 300 rounds each. The only way you can survive higher waves is to either spawn kill as much as you can, or offer the enemy a fighting chance and use bullets on them. Remember if your playing solo, you have but 30 seconds to get ready for the next wave. It’s not a lot of time. If you have a partner in MW3 Coop Survival, one player can play cat-and-mouse with one enemy left on the map, while the other goes out and replenishes ammo, supplies and maybe set up spawn kills. Then, they can swap and the other player can get ammo and supplies before killing the last enemy. But solo is much tougher and you’ll need to compensate for all of the activity you need to do before the end of a wave.

In the video below, I show you how to use the sentry gun glitch. I highly suggest watching the MW3 Coop Survival Sentry Gun Glitch. If you have two players in the game, at first ONLY 1 player puts down a sentry gun. The other player that has the sentry gun in their belt can go first and do the sentry gun glitch. That players gets as many guns as they wish – no more than 9 weapons !!! . Once the first player is done, kill the sentry that is on the ground. The player who is finished first with the sentry gun glitch then places his turret on the ground. The player who first placed the sentry on the ground will need to buy another and keep that in your belt until they finish the sentry gun glitch as well.

For two people in MW3 Coop Survival its a bit different -So think of this.

Player A places his sentry down on the ground. Player B keeps his turret OFF the ground.

Player B does the sentry gun glitch, up to nine weapons.

Once Player B is done, he destroys the sentry that is on the ground.

Player B then places his turret on the ground.

Player A needs to buy another sentry, and start the sentry gun glitch.

One Player A is done, you can either use the turrets for protection or simply destroy them all and play the game as you wish.

If you don’t have a lot of cash, simply buy hand guns or pistols first. As dead enemies drop their weapons, you can trade out a pistol for say a shotgun, mp5, ak47, acr or fad.

Since February 2012, CoD MW3 Coop Survival has slowly but surely been configured by Activision to become more difficult. Utilizing a minor glitch will assist you in balancing out the game, keeping ammo in your weapons long enough to get through the wave.

I hope this little trick allows you to go farther in your MW3 Coop Survival games !

  • MI