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Category Archives: SPAIN AND EUROPE

Destination – Valencia, Spain

I just want to share our current adventure to everyone as we take a short break after a hectic 1st part of our wedding season. We travel to Europe and are exploring a few of our favorite destinations photographically. First is Valencia, Spain - the third largest city in Spain after Madrid and Barcelona. Valencia was founded as a Roman colony in 138 BC. The city is situated on the banks of the Turia, on the east coast of the Iberian Peninsula, fronting the Gulf of Valencia on the Mediterranean Sea.

While in Valencia we visited a few of the important historical land marks of the city. First is the Valencia Cathedral, the home to the mythical Holy Grail (believed to be the chalice where Jesus drank of during the last supper) for over 500 years.

We were very fortunate to have been able to hear Holy Mass inside the small chapel where the Holy Grail is displayed.

Roaming around Valencia, you see lots of street beggars particularly near the Cathedral.

Another interesting place we visited was Mercado Central de Valencia, which is considered to be the largest fresh food market in Europe, it dates back to 1928.

A vendor wheels in and deliver fresh fruits and vegetable during the early morning at Mercado Central de Valencia, Spain.

The hustle and bustle interaction among vendors and customers is pretty interesting to watch…

Another amazing place I photographed was Valencia’s Plaza de Toros (Bullring). Finished in 1861, Valencia’s bullring is a fascinating structure essentially based upon the structure of ancient theaters like Rome’s Colisseum. Too bad there was it was not a bullfighting season while I was there this week.

Valencia just like other big cities of Spain is very rich in history. And one of the remarkable remnant of its history is the Torres de Quarts, built in the 15th century. These two towers are part of the medieval defensive walls that guarded this city from conquerors. Until now you can still see the gaps in the walls that were caused by shelling of Napoleon’s army during the War of Independence.

And for it’s modern flavor, Valencia has the City of Arts and Sciences which was designed by the architect Santiago Calatrava, a native of Valencia and who is now one of the world’s hottest architects. He designed the Olympic sports complex in Athens. Just walking around and photographing this complex is such a rewarding experiencing…

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