Our First Three Months in Spain, in Photos

December 13, 2018 Off By Peter Kleid

In no particular order, here are some highlights from our first three months since we moved from Connecticut to Valencia.

Plaza de la Virgen, about a five-minute walk from our apartment
Some of Valencia’s historic city center as seen from Serrano Towers, one of the ancient gateways to the city.
On the Serrano Towers
Liliana in a plaza in El Carmen, the neighborhood where we are currently living. The oranges look great, but they say the ones that grow in the city aren’t really edible.
Valencia is big on street art.
This work of street art portrays one of the most important events of modern Valencia’s history: the flood of 1958 that killed over 80 people and destroyed much of the city. After the flood the city rerouted the Turia river around the city and turned the dry river bed into the biggest urban park in Europe.
The site of the former Turia river is now officially a park, but locals still call it “The River”.
“El Hemisférico” is one of modern Valencia’s most iconic buildings. It houses a kid’s science museum and an IMAX theater.

Valencia’s Water Tribunal meets every Thursday at noon in Plaza de la Virgen to resolve irrigation disputes, and they have been doing so for the last 1058 years. Unfortunately these guys can’t do anything about the city’s terrible-tasting drinking water. (The water is safe to drink, but its mineral content is sky high.)
Our daughter visited in October and we celebrated with Valencia’s most famous dish: paella.
The city government picks up the tab for a lot of events that in most cities and countries you would expect to have to pay for. (Events like this might help explain why Spain’s taxes are so high.) This concert, by Spanish rocker Vinila von Bismark, was held in front of city hall in November.
From the promenade along Valencia’s two-mile-long beach. By street car, it’s 18 minutes from the city center.
The beach on a windy day
Along the marina’s main pier
From our recent day-trip to the ancient city of Cuenca
Remains of a 13th century castle in Cuenca
The Mediterranean, as seen from Peñíscola Castle. This was another day trip in November, about a 1.5 hour drive from Valencia.
From our 3-day trip to Javea, a small town two hours by bus from Valencia.
The beach is rocky in the port area of Javea.
Javea’s sandy beach, where you find most of the tourists (mainly British)
Between Javea’s main beaches are long stretches of sharp rocks. 
Sept. 13, 2019: the day we arrived in Valencia. That’s me boarding the train from Madrid to Valencia, carrying most of our worldly possessions.