Sunday, June 20, 2010

Ohhhhh Valenciaaaa!!

The neat thing about Valencia, besides being a great Decemberists song, is that it proves the "picture's worth a thousand words" adage. The thing about this city is that there are few better ways to experience than with your two eyes and a camera.

Like Sevilla, Valencia is one of those places you have to experience with all five of your senses. Your smell you'll need for the orange trees on the streets and the smell of the central market and the amazing aquarium. Your hearing you'll need to try and make sense of the Valencian dialect, which with its combination of Spanish, French and Catalan sounds, is quite pretty. Touch comes in handy for peeling those oranges (I am obsessed).

One of my favourite sights ever: pipi can. Valencia is a really
green city, and its cleanliness adds to its appeal.

But of course, if you want to go to Valencia, you'll need your taste buds for the best oranges you'll ever have, the surreally sweet horchata (a sweet, milkshake type drink made from a plant root+water, sugar), and of course the pa-YEA-YEAH!! But since I can't really describe fully the taste of this gorgeous town, I'll have to settle for a close second: pictures.

Valencia is really a visual city. Its tourist appeal mainly comes from its array of architectural sites from different centuries. So this post is going to be a little different.
the Mediterranean

Central Market/ Mercat Central

this Japanese spider crab at the aquarium was so cool. Even though the lighting was bad, I lucked out. This one froze right as I took the picture, looking like he's posing.

Hey, tour guide. Paolo taking cityscapes.

Ciudad de las Artes y Ciencias.

Manta-ray feeding.

Sha-sha-sha-Sha-sha-sha-SHARKS!! EVERYBODY!!

Silla, countryside

tourguides Hector and Paolo on the way to the sea

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