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Mar 12, 2007 - Valencia - Home of the 32nd America's Cup 2007

Just a few days in the house before my course starts in Barcelona. Decided to take advantage of the fact that finally I was in Spain at the same time as Las Fallas so off I went to Valencia. From what I could understand, Las Fallas was started by carpenters who had a big bonfire burning their left over wood to mark the end of the winter and the arrival of spring. The event has evolved into a 5 day festival of eating, drinking, watching fireworks, admiring the fantastic papier mâché caricatures and generally have a jolly good time. I went...

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Feb 8, 2007 - Valencia, Spain

The picture postcard Spain of festivals, color and fireworks was glaringly absent during our 3 nights in Valencia. But to visit a city, whose claims lie around it's March festival and the fact that the sun apparently shines 300 days of the year, when the festival is not on and the sun decides to be shy is almost akin to visiting a snowfield in summer....there's stuff to do but it's just filling time. So as I've surprisingly done throughout this whole trip (as some close to me would sometimes view me as a glass half empty person), I'm...

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Nov 25, 2006 - Welcome to Valencia, Spain

Greetings all, BEN Well, we made it to Valencia after a long night of flying. Started from Ottawa to Philadelphia, then from Phily to Madrid, and finally from Madrid to Valencia, Spain. We left Ottawa at 5:30 p.m. Eastern and arrived in Valencia at about 9:00 a.m. Eastern (3:00 p.m local). We were both pretty zonked but still managed to go for a nice walking tour before hitting the hay for a 3 hr nap. The excitement of the day was our cab driver from the airport who pretended to not know where he was going and seemed to be running up the...

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Jul 31, 2006 - Valencia

Hola, Well were in Valencia now, home of the America's cup for 2008. We arrived in the early afternoon and Spain is big on their seistas so there wasn't a lot for us to do on our first day. One of the guys Ollie that was on our busabout was in our room so we befriended him and to our joy he has the same crazy personality as us when we start to go delarious from lack of sleep. On our second day we went to the markets where there are thousands of stalls selling fresh fruit, vegetables and meat. The smell was pretty rank at first but the...

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Jul 22, 2006 - Valencia

Although only a short drive to Valencia, we had an early start as we only planned one day in the city. Spain is meant to be relatively cheap compared to the rest of Europe; maybe once upon a time, but boy have they certainly caught up with the Euro! Diesel was easily the cheapest on our trip so far, but when it comes to campgrounds... This particular campground was easily one of the dearest, the campground had all sorts of things that are not necessary but if you stay there you have no option but to pay the price - a zoo, horse shows,...

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Jun 5, 2006 - We went to the beach

We had to leave the penthouse this morning...very sad and very early. We made our connecting train, which the guy selling us the tickets was sure that we would have to run to catch, and spent another 6 hours traveling to our next destination. Valencia is very simple. Our hostel is really nice and the people are fun but no one is much into partying. That is probably for the best tonight, we haven't slept more than a couple hours the past 3 nights. We did make it to the beach today...we had to take a 20 minute bus ride to get there. It...

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May 10, 2006 - Valencia

We were going to spend some time here and sample Paella in the home of Paella, but it didn't quite work out. The campground was miles from the centre, we arrived after lunch so missed out on having lunch in the market, the Cathedral was shut for lunch (in Spain that means from 1pm until about 5pm) and we had a parking place only til 5pm and we decided not to go to the Aquarium as it cost about 25euro each and we thought it probably wasn't going to be worth it (despite it being the biggest aquarium in Europe) - after Monterrey and Sydney,...

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Apr 23, 2006 - Valencia, Spain

After a grueling ten hour bus trip we were keen to get to our accomodation a massive backpackers hostel (despite only paying about €10 a night on average we had only stayed in dorm rooms twice before). It is a massive place in an old converted church (i think) with three levels of rooms and lots of other travellers to swap stories with. We spent the rest of the night getting some dinner and planning the next day with the help of some fellow travellers who had been here a bit longer. Our big day of exploring took us to many historical...

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Apr 19, 2006 - Posting from Valencia, Spain

Wednesday, April 19, 2006 Valencia, Spain The tour I chose for Valencia was a countryside tour into the wine country to the west of Valencia. Valencia is a new port for the QE-2 so the tour department couldn't be very specific about any of the tours since they hadn't been on any of them before. This one sounded interesting and it included a stop at a winery that produces Cava, the Spanish equivalent of Champagne. On our way to the winery, about an hour outside Valencia, our guide gave us a brief history of the region, with its significant...

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Norma's World Cruise

Apr 18, 2006 - Costa Blanca, Spain

I had a day of leave to use before the end of the month, so we decided to lump it in with Easter and go to Spain for five days. Although Spain is somewhat famous in England for being a popular holiday destination for chav-bastards, we were keen for some sun and to just explore some of the more traditional villages. To ensure that the place we were staying at was OK, we stayed at the same place as Kirsten and Gemma had done 12 months previously. The package we got from lastminute.com included the use of a hire car for the weekend. Driving on...

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Chris's rant fest

Apr 12, 2006 - Valencia

We travelled down from Madrid to Valencia today, arrived about 5pm and arrived a bit nervous having our first night of the trip with no pre-booked accommadation. As expected, it's pretty busy leading into Easter but we managed to get into a nice little 3-star hotel right in the middle of the old part of town which is very beautiful. Valencia & this part of Spain seem to be on a growth curve as we saw lots of new developments and new road etc on the way into the city. We will go and visit the America's Cup village tomorrow and check out the...

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Feb 5, 2006 - Finally left Sevilla

Hey All, Lysney and I finally left Sevilla, but not without problems. The American we were travelling with wanted to stay an extra day in Sevilla, but we wanted to move on so we tried to catch the 11:00AM bus to Murcia, but missed that by two minutes. Then we decided that if we didn't go to Valencia, the rest of our Spain trip would be very rushed, so we bought the next ticket to Valencia at 4PM. Unfortuately we were at the wrong stop and missed that one two, so we eventally bought tickets and made the 10:30PM, overnight bus. I told you...

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