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

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May 6, 2010 at 8:43 am Comments (7)

Fallas 2010: Castillo March 17th

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UFOs-Valencia

Filmed with the Sanyo VPC – CS 1 (super tiny) available here: USA, UK, Deutschland and Spain

Fireworks! My parents arrived on Wednesday too late for the Mascletà, but in plenty of time to get a little buzz on, get some buñuelos in their round American bellies, and get on down to the Alameda. According to my mom, "I’ve never seen anything like it!" According to my dad: "WOWAH!"

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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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March 18, 2010 at 4:51 pm Comments (0)

Day Trip to Xàtiva

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Earlier this week, we wrote about the history of Xàtiva — a wonderful little city an hour south of Valencia. Easy to reach by train, Xàtiva makes a great day trip from the capital.

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The town sits at the foot of a large hill, literally in the shadow of its castle. During summer months, it’s often the hottest city in Spain, because of its valley location and protection from the cooling maritime breeze. Avoid during August!

We lucked out and arrived on a beautifully sunny Sunday afternoon… early January, and we were walking about comfortably in T-shirts. After stopping at the tourist information office to collect a city map and information, we explored the streets of the old town. Xàtiva has an elongated layout, due to its being stretched across the bottom of a mountain. The narrow streets and curvy alleyways are fun to explore, and it’s impossible to get lost, as the castle hill is always visible.

A touristic train goes up to the castle, but we decided to be men and hike up. 30 minutes later (whimpering, sweat-soaked), we arrived at the castle gates. The grounds have been well-preserved and, at almost a kilometer in length, the Castillo de Xàtiva is popular with tourists and locals alike. History seeps from every brick, and visitors can wander around practically unobstructed.

Although exhausted from the climb, we bounced around the castle like crack-powered 5 year olds, exploring royal gardens, prisons, the quarters of evil popes and, of course, incredible views of the underlying city and countryside. In stark contrast to the ruins of the castle at Sagunto, Xàtiva’s has been so well preserved and renovated, it’s easy to imagine the life of its inhabitants.

We spent so much time at the castle, that we missed out on the other highlights of Xàtiva such as the collegiate church The Seu (built in 1596) and the Museo Almudín (also 16th Century, originally for the storage and selling of wheat). But no bother… it’s a good wager that we’ll be back.

Xàtiva’s Official Site

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Cute Little Hotel in Xativa


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January 7, 2010 at 3:00 pm Comments (9)

Fallas Fireworks 2009: March 16th

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The second night fireworks got underway at Paseo de la Alameda at the early hour of 1:30 in the morning on Monday night.  And, once again, it didn’t disappoint.  Thousands of people, mostly younger kids with two liters of Fanta and half-empty bottles of liquor, gathered around to watch the show.

Minutes before the show started, the crowd behind us suddenly began screaming and pushing forward.  Some hilarious jokesters were shooting fire torches from the river bed into the crowd.  It was kind of dangerous, but luckily it stopped once the show began.  Only to resume, of course, immediately after the fireworks were done. It freaked us out, but the Spaniards around us just took it in stride, even laughing as they sprinted away from the danger.  Confirming my theory: Valencians are nuts.

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Fireworks: Sunday, March 15th

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At 1am, thousands of people gathered around the Paseo de la Alameda in the heart of Valencia for 2009’s initial night fireworks — castillo de fuegos artificiales.

As usual, the show didn’t disappoint, and awed the crowd with nearly 20 minutes worth of amazing fireworks. This is just the first of four shows — the rest are even later in the night, not beginning until 1:30am. Hope you’ve had your siesta!


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March 16, 2009 at 7:06 pm Comments (0)