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Train station

Train station


Exterior of train station

Exterior of train station


Train station exterior

Train station exterior


Train station

Train station


Pillar in train station

Pillar in train station


Stained glass in train station

Stained glass in train station


Scooters

Scooters

parked all over on sidewalks, sometimes in groups, sometimes just singly.


Church

Church

I honestly don't remember which one this is.


Post Office

Post Office

The post office building is one of the most fabulous in Valencia. We liked these letter slots - lions; one for domestic mail; one for foreign mail. There is also an awning so you don't get rained on when you are posting your mail.


Recycling and Garbage Bins

Recycling and Garbage Bins

These are all over the place - Spain. Everyone has to sort their trash and put it in the proper bin. It does take away from the ambiance a bit.


Apartments next to the Torres

Apartments next to the Torres

Just thought they looked nice.


Street sign - Calle Quart

Street sign - Calle Quart

This is the street that leads to the Torres de Quart. Just thought it looked nice.


View through the Torres de Quart

View through the Torres de Quart

People walk through this portal like it was an everyday thing! No big deal to have medieval towers to walk through on your way to work.


Cannonball holes in the Torres de Quart

Cannonball holes in the Torres de Quart


Looking up at the Torres de Quart

Looking up at the Torres de Quart

These are the other set of towers in the old city wall. These have signs of cannonballs from Napoleon's army when he came through Valencia. These look to be old; the other towers (Serrano) look brand new although nothing is said anywhere about any restoration.


Bat Motif in Gate

Bat Motif in Gate


Flowers in Bottles Hanging from Window

Flowers in Bottles Hanging from Window

No clue


Smoking Allowed

Smoking Allowed

They have just passed a law outlawing smoking in public places. But if the place is small enough, the proprietor can allow smoking. So we have been seeing a lot of these signs. We actually went in a cafe where smoking was not allowed and nobody else was in there.


Oranges

Oranges


Oranges

Oranges


Restaurant in Valencia

Restaurant in Valencia

We ate here on Sunday - the food was pretty good, and we liked the waiter because he joked around with us. We asked him what he had for dessert, and he listed chocolate tart, pudding. paella valenciano... waiting for us to double take. Har Har. A little valenciano humor there. El Generalife is actually part of the Alhambra, si mal no recuerdo, so I don't know why they have named a restaurant in Valencia El Generalife.


Plaza de la Virgen

Plaza de la Virgen

Cathedral on the left, bell tower on the right. This is not a great picture. The bell tower is called El Migelete, for Saint Michael. It is really a beautiful octagonal, I think, tower, with the bell on top. Donna probably has a good picture of it.


Torres del Serrano

Torres del Serrano

Old towers at an entrance to the city.


Donna taking a picture

Donna taking a picture


Tiny Little Gas Station

Tiny Little Gas Station


Electrical Bus in Valencia

Electrical Bus in Valencia

These are very common - very environmentally responsible.


Sculpture in front of the Ayuntamiento

Sculpture in front of the Ayuntamiento

It is set up like a Christmas tree, with a star on top, and "Merry Christmas" in several languages on the bottom. I think they decorate it for Christmas during the season.


El Ayuntamiento

El Ayuntamiento

or City Hall.


Flower Stalls in the Plaza del Ayuntamiento

Flower Stalls in the Plaza del Ayuntamiento


Belen in front of the Ayuntamiento

Belen in front of the Ayuntamiento

or City Hall. This week (Friday the 6th) was the Dia de los Reyes, when the Reyes Magos (Magi) come to give gifts to the Christ Child, and not incidentally, bring gifts for all the children in Spain. So there are these manger scenes all over town, and the Reyes Magos arrive by boat the evening of the 5th, and there is a parade. "Belen" is what they call the manger scene, or nativity scene; it means "Bethlehem".


Date trees

Date trees

... in the Plaza del Ayuntamiento, one of the big plazas in Valencia.


Police car

Police car

when they are not on their scooters...


Small car

Small car

This is a Mercedes. I have been trying to get a picture of a Smart Car and I haven't been able to get one, although I've seen several. But there are other tiny cars around. This one drove up across from the cafe where I was people watching, and double parked, and the elderly gentleman got out and walked across the street with his cane to run some errand.


Beautiful building in Valencia

Beautiful building in Valencia

I think it's a bank building, but it's pretty fabulous. Buildings like this are a dime a dozen around here.


Pickpockets in Valencia

Pickpockets in Valencia

As is true everywhere in Spain (so we have been told), there are pickpockets. I was walking along and saw two policemen (on scooters) pull over this group of young guys and give them a good talking to. Then they let them go on their way. I assume they were pickpockets. But I also gather the cops didn't find anything on them or they wouldn't have let them go. So I took a picture.


Shield (Escudo) of Valencia

Shield (Escudo) of Valencia

All of the cities we have been in in Spain have "escudos", which are used as symbols all over the city. They usually have a pretty ancient origin. This one has a bat, because a bat woke the king up and saved the kingdom from the Moors. Also, the double "l"'s apparently stand for "loyal" (leal), meaning that Valencia is twice as loyal as other cities (to the king, of course). This is the cover in a sidewalk for the traffic signal machinery.


Smart Car

Smart Car

They are so precious.


Passeig Russafa

Passeig Russafa

This is in the shopping district heading to the Plaza del Ayuntamiento. I think the orange trees here are great. They are compact and trimmed to be little pompoms, and they are full of oranges.


Fountain in Plaza Rodrigo Botet

Fountain in Plaza Rodrigo Botet

Just your normal everyday fountain in quite an elegant little neighborhood.


El Palacio del Marques de Dos Aguas

El Palacio del Marques de Dos Aguas

Former palace used now as the ceramics museum. Fantastic baroque portal, and the inside resembles Versailles. But now it is used as the ceramics museum. Ceramics is big in Valencia. Lladro is based here. They had a wonderful collection of Chinese porcelain, and also Valenciano ceramics.


Mercado Central

Mercado Central


Mercado Central

Mercado Central


Mercado Central - Artichokes

Mercado Central - Artichokes


Mercado Central

Mercado Central


Mercado Central

Mercado Central


Mercado Central

Mercado Central


The street with our school

The street with our school

We go in the door with the decoration on top, to the "entresuelo" - where the school is.


Ermita, I believe

Ermita, I believe

Saw this walking along - the remains of an old building, but I don't know more about it.