Tiny snowflakes are steadily blowing past the windows outside, and I’m looking at pictures of Mediterranean blue skies and sun from our vacation. I’m not sure whether how this makes me feel about the cold white matter outside. Three weeks abroad makes for a lot of photos, and so I’m (slowly) making my way through, culling and editing as I go through them. Instead of waiting until I have everything done, I’ve decided to share some more photos from our trip in a series of “Travel Recap” posts, which will feature more pictures than the few I pulled out to showcase while we were on our trip.
Today I’d like to introduce you to a few sites from the central historic district in Valencia. On the day when we went out to explore these sites, we started at the Mercado Central, the large central market.
Click on the thumbnails below to open the gallery and travel along from there to the Miguelete, and a few other nearby sites.
One aisle from the market…
…which is filled with a wonderful variety of food
amazing sausages, by the way.
As it was still during the Christmas season, there was a large nativity set up in the middle of the market
From the market, we walked to the Iglesia de los Santos Juanes
It’s said that, in older desperate times, peasants would abandon children here. The parents would distract the children by pointing to the bird (el pardalot, in Valencia) and then slip away while the children were staring up.
There used to be shops below the church
We then made our way to the Miguelete, the bell tower of the Catedral de Valencia (cathedral)
There were around 240 narrow, spiralling, steps to the top.
A view of the cathedral from above
From the top of the tower
One view of the city. From the tower, you can see to the edge of the city where the City of Arts and Sciences is located (top left)
We walked back down the stairs and came to the door to the cathedral
Inside the cathedral
Near the Miguelete is a shop famous for its hot chocolate and horchata
We had the first of our many cups of thick hot chocolate accompanied by churros
The Plaza de la Virgen is an easy walk from the Miguelete
It boasts this fountain–each of the smaller statues with water flowing from their jugs represent one of the irrigation canals that supply the huertas (agricultural land) outside the city
Walking back towards the Miguelete
As the light started waining, we walked toward the Plaza del Ayuntamiento.
We went past the bull ring…
…and the train station.
Some flowers growing on fence by the street caught my fancy
We made our way home (to my aunt’s house) in the deepening evening light.