Fallas Museum

Today we walked more than 8 miles. Our day began with a visit to Museu Fallera de Valencia. We wanted to visit the historical ninots. So you may ask, “What is a ninot?” Well, a ninot (from the Valencian language “doll”) is a figure with human representation. We have seen ninots that are relatively small…

The Mascletà

Our Airbnb host generously invited us to watch a Mascletà from a balcony on one of the beautiful buildings right on the government center (Plaça de l’Ajuntament). The Plaça de l’Ajuntament, which is directly in front of the City Hall of Valencia in the old part of the city, is where the largest of the…

The Lighting of the Streets

There is so much going on its hard to catch it all. As the days of Las Fallas progress, crowds are growing, streets are closing and it is more challenging to get around. During Las Fallas there are many competitions going on between communities. These competitions are not just about the fallas. There are paella…

Malvarrosa Beach

It’s not quite spring but we awoke to what promises to be an unusually warm day. (72 F or 22 C)  A good day to take our first trip to the beach; as in a Mediterranean beach!! It is a 1.2 kilometer or .75 mile walk to the underground metro from our Airbnb, then an…

The Ninot Exhibition 2018

This morning we visited the “Ninot” exhibition at the Valencia City of Arts and Sciences. We hoped to arrive early to avoid crowds, but that was not to be. This is an important exhibition and it was crowded. For all of us that love cartoons and caricatures, this is an amazing exhibit. Although we had…

First Day in Spain

February 25, 2018, our first full day of our new traveling life. Our first city, Valencia, Spain. It is Sunday and under the new laws here, all grocery stores will be closed on Sundays, beginning today. Luckily our Airbnb host left us some fresh pastries, oranges and coffee; almost all the sustenance one needs. Of…