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plaza de la virgen. the architect that lives in the blue and white house was comissioned to do work on the world trade center memorial...

after finally getting to my hostel in valencia and taking a much needed nap, i headed out for a walking tour of valencia.  it was very informative!  i retained a lot more than i expected too - which i was very proud of!  plus it was a great way to get to know the city (which i had previously not known much about), and a good way to get your bearings directions wise.  my tour guide was jonny fitzpatrick - who is not from ireland by the way!  he´s very stern about that.  he´s from liverpool and sounds just the tiniest bit irish upon first hearing him, but nope don´t confuse him for the irish!  it ended up just him and i after a while as it started out only three of us on the tour, and the other two had to leave early to catch a train, so yay for my own personal tour guide!  he was very entertaining and made learning fun!  lol.

..good guy.

i found some lunch and decided to do my own walking tour of the city and stopped in the cathedral where i found - drum roll please - the holy grail!  seriously!  valencia´s cathedral has the only chalice currently recognized as the holy grail by the catholic church.  so take that robert langdon and monty python!  i found the real thing, and it wasn´t some silly story about a bloodline and jesus´s kid or some baloney yada yada... (p.s. i found angels and demons is faaar better than the da vinci code...)  it was really cool, although hard to believe, to see this holy grail that´s been talked about for so long.  and then people would say it was just a myth...  i say it´s hard to believe because let´s be honest, how could anyone ever confirm an artifact like that??  it´s madness.

the no name statue...
  but totally awesome...  it was behind a ton of thick, and probably bullet proof, glass - kinda like the mona lisa.

while at the cathdral i hiked up to the top of the migulete bell tower for great views of the city.  i could see all the way out to the beaches i´m pretty sure.  met some nice random italians from rome.  we chatted for a bit, took pictures together for the heck of it, and then moved on.  oh!  the cathedral also houses the ´withered left arm´of st. vincent!  real or not i don´t know, but it did look old and gross!  gotta say it´s been one of the coolest cathedral visits thus far!

after visiting the museo de bellas artes i went home for dinner and to get ready for a pub crawl!  in all the hostels i´ve stayed in i´ve never done a pub crawl, but seeing as the walking tour was a success and the pub crawl was by the same group of people, i decided why not.

the coolest candy store ever!
  it turned out to be good too.  it was led by a guy named yosi (who was actually from the u.s. - miami, florida) who was studying abroad in valencia.  he was a good guy.  and it was a good night.  it was mainly with a group of south americans, argentianians and chileans, in which i realized i understand more spanish than i thought!  or maybe it was the free drinks at the bars that made me think i understood more thani i actually do??  we were later joined by a cracked out aussie (seriously, he admitted it!) and some cool chicks from pennsylvania.  good times all around!

ariel444 says:
thanks eric!
Posted on: Oct 21, 2010
Eric says:
Nice photos, was in Valencia for a day or so a few years ago, but didn't get to explore it much!
Posted on: Feb 24, 2009
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plaza de la virgen.  the architect…
plaza de la virgen. the architec…
the no name statue...
the no name statue...
the coolest candy store ever!
the coolest candy store ever!
during construction they found rem…
during construction they found re…
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the narrowest apartment i've ever…
the masturbating gargoyle -- joh…
'the masturbating gargoyle' -- jo…
valencias main (huge) market
valencia's main (huge) market
just because it said kansas... :0)
just because it said kansas... :0)
Catedral de Santa María de Valenc…
Catedral de Santa María de Valen…
the cathedral entrance
the cathedral entrance
inside the cathedral...
inside the cathedral...
the withered left arm of st. vinc…
'the withered left arm of st. vin…
the first apperance of demons in g…
the first apperance of demons in …
okay so i seriously cant take a s…
okay so i seriously can't take a …
these statues were originally on t…
these statues were originally on …
THE HOLY GRAIL!!!!!!
THE HOLY GRAIL!!!!!!
theres so much light on it you ca…
there's so much light on it you c…
atop the miquelet
atop the miquelet
the cathedral from above
the cathedral from above
my hostel in valencia...
my hostel in valencia...
words of wisdom.
words of wisdom.
the computer room
the computer room
the best hostel kitchen ive ever …
the best hostel kitchen i've ever…
hostel #4
hostel #4
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another great hostel. it was quite a bit a walk from the train station i came into - or at least it seemed that way at 4am in the dark when i got in.… read entire review
Valencia
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