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Paseo de las Rocas 2010

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Crazy weather tried, but wasn’t able to totally dampen the Corpus Christi festivities this year, and we made sure to show up for at the Palacio Arzobispal for the Paseo de las Rocas.

Close your eyes, and imagine a magical land called Pony Paradise, where diminutive horses are fed sugared hay on cotton candy sticks, and get deep horse-muscle massages from enslaved jockey midgets.

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Now open your eyes again, because the Paseo de las Rocas is the exact opposite of Pony Paradise. It is HORSEY HELL. At the Palacio Arzobispal, the smallest horses are selected to drag the mammoth Rocas up the hill. Fat, sadistic Valencians “encourage” them with vicious stick beatings, laughing as the ponies bray and buckle under the weight, sometimes collapsing onto their knees.

Naturally, it’s one of my favorite events! I always make sure to show up early, to jeer at the stupid ponies and take pictures of their hilarious suffering. Hey now don’t look at me that way, my family was slaughtered by a wild band of crazy horses. They are my enemies.

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June 7, 2010 at 3:26 pm Comments (4)

Our Trip to Madrid

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Another quick post unrelated to Valencia… we got some great pictures and took a video during our recent trip to Madrid, and need to share!

Madrid is completely unlike Valencia; huge and cosmopolitan, where waitresses are likely to answer your bumbling Spanish in perfect, world-weary English, and the number of sights and events is overwhelming. If we ever write a blog called Hola Madrid, we’ll have to take on additional staff. I love the city; boisterous and exciting, but easily navigable and with plenty of quiet corners. We had a couple days there, recently, and saw…

The Atachoa Train Station – with a huge palm garden in the middle of the station, Atachoa greets newcomers in a splendid fashion. The garden is breathtaking, and we spent probably 15 minutes at its pond watching hundreds of turtles climb over each other in a slow-motion (but frenzied) game of King of the Hill.

The Reina Sofia – One of the best modern art museums in the world houses innumerable works by Picasso and Dalí, including Picasso’s heartbreaking meisterwerk La Guernica. Just don’t try and take a picture of it, unless you want its hawkish guards to yell at you! It’s my favorite painting ever.

Easter Procession – On Sunday night, our dinner was interrupted by a solemn street procession, with men in black hoods carrying a huge statue of the crucifixion. My parents hadn’t yet experienced the pointy-hooded and quietly creepy Catholic brotherhoods of Spain. While the crowd stood still, respectfully, the bars were out of control; the Real – Atlético Madrid derby was in full swing, and when Atlético scored, everyone pretending to be religious ran back inside. The poor guys in the procession were visibly jealous.

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June 2, 2010 at 1:41 pm Comments (5)

Valencia Photography: Odd and fun

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It’s been awhile since we posted a pure Valencia picture post – I’ve got a ton stacked up, but for now enjoy these. Click on the thumbnail to view the whole image.

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May 25, 2010 at 2:19 pm Comments (0)

Bike Trip from Utiel to Venta del Moro

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Through pine forests, almond trees and fields of grape vines, and alongside an old railway track, we recently took a long bike trip from Utiel to Venta del Moro, and back again. Gorgeous scenery greeted us along every step of this route.

During the tiring 5 hour trip, we often felt like we were completely alone in the world. The area south of Utiel is cultivated, but sparsely populated. With a landscape dotted by out-of-use, decrepit structures pertaining to the old railway, and not a human to be found, the sensation was unsettling — like visiting from the distant future.

Check out these pictures… Valencia has a whole lot more to offer than just beaches and architecture.

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If you’ve got a bike, you should be collecting Levante’s series: “Cycling Routes of the Valencian Community”. They come free with the newspaper every Saturday & Sunday, and are incredibly detailed, accurate guides to some of the most stunning scenery in the region.

– Our Albufera Bike Tour

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May 20, 2010 at 2:53 pm Comments (0)

This Was Fallas 2010

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What is Fallas?

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This will be our final post about Fallas 2010 and then we’ll shut up about it… for 3 months or so! Below, you’ll find links to all the posts of this year’s Fallas festivities and some pictures which we hadn’t published yet.

Mascletàs of 2010:

And….

Special Selection Fallas:

The remaining random Fallas pictures in no specific order:

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 grass-hoppers

 alice-in-wonderland

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not-feeling-fallas

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BBQ-Spain

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magic-in-Valencia

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bird-falleras

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servicio-limpieza

fiesta-fallera

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canovas-fallas

fallas-2012

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 firework-set-up

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fallas-outsiders

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fiddle-fun

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super-falleras

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 soccer-ruzafa

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chocolate-churros

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For hostel/hotel bookings during Fallas, we’ve found the best rates at Hostelbookers, Booking.com and Apartments in Valencia

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