The History of Silk in Valencia

We initially did not understand that there are two separate sites promoting Valencia’s historical silk industry. One is the The Lonja de la Seda, or Silk Exchange, used as the center for commerce in the silk trade, the second is the Silk Museum.

Lladro, Botanical Gardens and Museums

This week we visited the Lladro Boutique and Factory. Wow! Their figurines are just simply beautiful. We also walked another 25 miles or so trying to catch the last few sites of Valencia before we head off on new adventures. With our anniversary coming up (special plans), a trip to Bordeaux, France and then more…

Street Art and Holi Life and Bicycles. Oh My!

Today’s blog is proof that our calendar has been full of an eclectic variety of activities and there is even more fun on the horizon. This week we managed to ‘see‘ art and ‘be‘ art all in the same week! Hooray for us!

Churches of Valencia

Paperwork is finalized! We are now official. Yeah!! And we managed our first hair cut! A successful week! Now we can start to branch out across Spain. Plans are already in motion. Things are about to get more exciting.

Tiles as Art

On any adventure it is important to have some way to measure your forward progress. One measure of our time spent in Valencia is our ability to communicate.

Semana Santa and Easter

On the Friday of Semana Santa (Holy Week) we attended a very solemn procession near the beach in Playa de la Malvarrosa.

Museums of Valencia

We have been in Spain now for six weeks and are settling in. We are both surprised at how comfortable we are with our new life style. There are a few things we do miss about our life back home.

Moving Day

Las Fallas is over proclaiming the coming of spring and Valencia has responded beautifully. The days are getting warmer, trees are in bloom and Semana Santa (Easter) celebrations are upon us – and today we change residences.

Jardins del Reial

Under the category of “No Rest for the Wicked” we dragged our tired bodies out of bed at 8:00AM this morning to once more address the issues around our rental contract. I have learned the hard way that, after staying up to midnight (or 2:00AM for the Cremá) too many nights in a row, requires…

La Cremà

La Cremà, the cream on top, the cherry on your ice cream, the pièce de résistance. Whatever you call it, this event certainly lives up to its name. La Cremà brings to an end the festival of Las Fallas and is the time when they burn all the fallas in the city; all 350+ of…

Fallas of the Las Fallas

During the festival of Las Fallas many of the communities of Valencia build small (fallas Infantil), medium (fallas Premios) and massive (fallas Especial) Fallas or Monuments. The Fallas Especial are amazing fallas which can reach heights of 70 feet or more. They are stunning to say the least.

The Ofrenda

Las Fallas is a 3-week festival. For days and days we enjoyed spotting many lovely falleras and chicas (ladies and children) walking around in full costume. It was difficult not to want to take a picture every time we saw one of them. The richly patterned dresses are beautiful, as are the shoes, combs in…