OLD TOWN & CITY CENTER
Until my next visit this photo diary will be my last post about beautiful Valencia.
Check out my previousValencia posts and La Tomatina posts if you haven't already!
My first visit to Valencia in 2012 was brief. I really didn't have a good chance to venture far from my hotel during the day and when I finally did some random guy flew past me riding a bike and swiftly pulled my dress up, exposing my underwear and leaving me standing there completely stunned with an audience. In retrospect (and from about 30 seconds after it happened) it has been nothing but a funny memory but needless to say I was definitely looking forward to seeing the city among friends this visit.
Below are selection of photos from my second visit.
I'm not the type of person who purchases guide books, I will borrow one to peruse on a flight, although, in general whilst travelling I can do without the excess weight in my luggage. A friend of mine had a Lonely Planet guide and was hell-bent on following its advice in relation to food from the second we jumped out of our taxi. The 3 of us got a little lost on our way to La Pilareta, which turned out a bonus because we ended up viewing some incredible street art in El Carmen. We were pleasantly surprised once we found La Pilareta. The restaurant is famous for its tapas, mussels and bar etiquette that demands that you dump your empty shells in the plastic troughs lining the bar. The dining area is tiny with only 6 or so tables inside, however absolutely gorgeous. The food was also great and reasonably priced. I ordered the Spanish Omlette and Patatas Bravas (because I can't sit down anywhere to eat in Spain without a side-order) and enjoyed some white wine.
After lunch we continued exploring Old Town, visited Valencia Cathedral and checked out the city centre.
I'm looking forward to returning to this beautiful city in the future. Adios Valencia!!
by NATALIE MARIE
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