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Ciudad de las Artes y Ciencias / City of Arts and Sciences

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The City of Arts and Sciences is almost certainly the most photographed area in Valencia. Found at the end of the Turia riverbed park, I’ve been to the CAC numerous times for jogging, sightseeing, the ATP Open 500 Tennis, the science museum, the oceanographic, and the IMAX in the Hemisferic, but for some reason, I never had a big urge to take a ton of pictures. However, yesterday’s sunset inspired me and I couldn’t hold myself back from photographing the CAC.

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November 8, 2009 at 7:59 pm Comments (16)

V for Valencia

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It won’t be news to any of our US-based readers, but 1983’s beloved and massively successful science fiction miniseries V is currently being given an update.

V is about a race of aliens (the “Visitors”) arriving to Earth with possibly nefarious intentions, and how humanity interacts with them. The Visitors have gigantic spaceships, the interiors of which contain mind-blowingly futuristic architecture.

Mind-blowingly futuristic architecture? Where to turn, other than Valencia’s Ciudad de Artes y Ciencias?! Calatrava’s tiled white creations have always looked like something designed by an alien race, so it might not be too surprising to see them pop up in the new series.

Pretty sweet! Though I’m in the States, I missed the series premiere. It got good reviews across the board, as intelligent sci-fiction, packed with smart ideas. Spain has to wait until December.

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Valencia Open 500 & The New Agora by Calatrava

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The inaugural event for Calatrava’s Agora is the ATP Open 500 tennis tournament, which is on right now until November 8th. I went to see Alberto Martin play Andy Ram but was mostly interested in the brand new Calatrava building. The Agora is stunning but on the second look it’s apparent that the tennis event snuck up fast on the organizers. On a closer look things seemed unfinished and compromised. Hopefully, this will change after more time has passed by.

Altogether, the Agora is breathtaking from the inside and out. The interior feels very organic and reminds me of Noah’s Ark. Kind of like the Marriott hotel in Atlanta.

I’m going again for the final on the 8th, but might cover some other events. I would love to see Ferrer but don’t see anywhere when he is playing.

There are still tickets available, even for the final. So if you are interested in going yourself act fast.

More info & Tickets: Open Tennis 500

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Prince Felipe Science Museum – Our Visit

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One of the largest buildings in Valencia’s insane City of Arts & Sciences is the Prince Felipe Science Museum (location). Like many science museums, this is designed for kids, offering a lot of hands-on activities.

Too bad it sucks.

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Our visit to the science museum was one of the more disappointing experiences we’ve had since moving here. Generally, both Juergen and I are big fans of such museums, but the Prince Felipe just utterly failed to impress us.

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The main problem was that roughly half of the “hands-on” exhibits didn’t work. Simply broken. Have they absolutely no maintenance budget? It was pathetic. Machines were turned off, “under repair” stickers everywhere. One crazy device, which I think was just trying to weigh me, crashed as soon as I stepped up to it, Windows 95 operating system flickering into blackness.

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The exhibits were old-school, stuff you’ve seen a million times before, presented in a cold and uninteresting manner. Juergen looked at how marijuana affects your brain: Flashing lights, spooky images, psychedelic music and misinformation which could have come straight out of brochures from 1983. I stepped onto a “futuristic” board which could roughly sense the direction in which I was leaning. Hey science museum: buy yourself a Wii Fit; seriously, it’s light years more advanced. My bathroom contains devices more interesting than anything this museum had to offer.

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The highlight of the museum is Calatrava’s architecture, even more stunning when seen from the inside than the outside.

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We also got to see a temporary Marvel Superheroes exhibit, which tried its damnedest to connect the world of comics to science, but was as uninspired & busted as the rest of the museum. “Can you beat Iceman? TOUCH THE ICE!!” Oh wow, it’s cold. That was really it — just touching the ice.

So, unless your kids are really young or particularly easy to impress, we would recommend staying away from this museum. There are plenty of other things for kids to do in the city — such as Gulliver’s park, which is free.

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April 27, 2009 at 8:36 am Comments (5)

Valencia Open 500 – Tennis Tournament

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Valencia is certainly beginning to make its presence felt in the world of sports. Following the America’s Cup and the Formula 1 race, the city now prepares to welcome a major ATP tennis tournament: The Valencia Open 500.

The tournament will take place in November 2009, in the Ciudad de las Artes y Ciencias. The most exciting thing is that the main court will be inside the (yet uncompleted) Agora — Calatrava’s latest insanely futuristic addition to CAC. Although the exact schedule and list of participating players is yet unknown, I’d expect it to be a relatively major tournament.

There’s more information at the tournament’s official site, as well as a great animation that details where the different courts will be and demonstrates how the Agora opens — something I hadn’t yet seen. If you’re a fan of tennis, this is going to be a must-see event.

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