Dec 11-When the little green man starts flashing…

by Amoeba December. 11, 2008 2358 views

…You have one of two options: 1) Dash across the crosswalk in about 3 seconds flat and pray to all the mighty beings that you do not get flattened by 6 lanes of oncoming traffic or 2) and I highly recommend this one, wait for the next light. I am very much in love with Valencia, but I have never seen a pedestrian light signal change so damn fast with drivers revving their engines in preparation of turning you into a road pancake. I suppose it does bring back fond memories of being in Paris a number of years ago.

This was a fairly hazy day for me, I was certainly not feeling the best and think I may have been a touch delirious throughout much of the day. I clearly remember the crosswalks in addition to thinking that roundabouts were designed to pick off the unwitting traveller. Not that I am paranoid or anything.

My first stop was the Mercat Central, which was everything that I had envisioned it would be. Fresh fruits, vegetables, pastries and seafood filled the stalls, and in short, this was an absolute food heaven that reminded me of Toronto’s St Lawrence Market. Unfortunately I was not able to taste anything particularly well and had to pass up on the pastries, which was a huge disappointment. I stood in front of one patisserie for awhile drooling slightly and had to move along eventually, lest I made a complete fool of myself. I ended up buying some Clementines that were absolutely delicious! With all the orange trees that lined the streets in Valencia, I was also contemplating whether or not these were edible and if you were even allowed to pick them.

Other vague memories, I walked a lot…often in a bit of a daze and was lost very often as well. But eventually I made my way to the beach and it was gorgeous. Brilliant sunshine, blue sky, fine soft sand, lovely cold water and a wicked breeze coming off the Mediterranean-life often does not get any better. I just wish I could have smelled the sea. I stumbled along until I ended up at Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències, or the City of Arts and Sciences designed by Santiago Calatrava. An interesting little side note, this is the same architect that designed the Allen Lambert Galleria in Toronto, one of my favourite places. I know I will return to Valencia, just to see Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències once again, in addition to all the other sites that I missed including the Cathedral. The architecture at Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències was fabulous and I could not have asked for a better day to photograph, as the white building exteriors contrasted beautifully with the deep blue sky. Next time though, I will have to return at night.

By the time I had made my way back to the hostel and had dinner, I was ready to call it a night. With a constant wheezing cough, I had a difficult time carrying on conversations with some really great people I had met at the hostel. So I tucked myself in early, hoping that some rest would help my cold heal a bit faster. Next morning, I would be leaving for Barcelona and I was a bit sad b/c I wasn’t ready to leave Valencia quite yet. There will be another opportunity though…

(Top to Bottom; L to R) Plaza de Toros Valencia; Estació del Nord; Mercat Central sign; Inverted image of roof of Mercat Central; Meat stall; Early morning shoppers enjoying a coffee; Snack stall with dried fruits, chips, etc; Bananas; Fresh seafood; Fruit stall

A bike leaning on the wall of La Lonja

(Top to Bottom; L to R) Paella pans for sale next to shovels-I suppose this was an all-purpose store; People queuing for lottery tickets…there was a huge jackpot to be won and the line-ups outside these booths were ridiculous (even worse in Madrid); This was the most interesting door knocker I have seen in some time, a lady’s hand with an apple-I could not resist and gave a couple of sharp taps before scurrying away; Alameda metro station also designed by Santiago Calatrava; Tram crossing signal; The beach…so pretty; Still at the beach…yes those tiny black dots are people; Shadow of a Vespa

(Top to bottom; L to R) Ciutat de les Arts i les Ciències…without a doubt, this was my favourite place in Valencia, along with the beach! Bridge; Museo de las Cièncias Príncipe Felipe (Science Museum); Stairs of Science Museum; Walkway of Science Museum; Hemisfèric (Imax Cinema, Planetarium and Laserium); Palau de les Arts Reina Sofía (Opera house and performing arts centre); A lift; Umbracle (Garden); Air vents from parking lot

Palm tree in L’Umbracle

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Eric J H Joyce 12 years ago

Love #2.

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