Half Term Getaway to Spain: Part 2

Beautiful view of Valencia from the top of Torres de Serranos

Valencia really was a beautiful city with a very interesting mix of cultures, history as well as modernness to it – evident from the buildings across the city.

Plaza de Toros de Valencia (bullring)
Valencia Nord Train Station
Valencia Central Market

Being a my usual foodie self, my first stop on my last day in Valencia was the impressive centre market. It features a wide range of food ranging from the famous Spanish Jamรณn, fresh meats, fruits and sweets as well as different kinds of preserves. It certainly took a long time to go around the entire place! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Of course it wonโ€™t be Spain without Jamรณn! ๐Ÿท
Love all these exotic fruits! Shame I canโ€™t buy them all home!
โ€œSnackingโ€ in the food market (from top left going along the row): spinach empanada, pepito carne (fried stuffed sandwich), mandarin juice, Jamรณn and an apple semifreddo dessert ๐Ÿคค (thought it was a cake but it turned out to be ice cream!)
And a surprise buy! ๐Ÿ˜‚

I then headed the city centre of Valencia, visiting the grande and historical town hall as well as the central post office.

Correos (Central Post office)
Grande ceiling in the post office
Valencia Town Hall
Beautiful chandeliers!
The Laws of Valencia standing at the centre of the room!
Exquisite ceiling
The Valencian Flag
The old parliament

After a long walk in the heart of Valencia, I then headed back to the direction of Plaza de la Virgen where I was last night to visit the Valencia Cathedral. But before that, I stopped for a little tea break sampling a local drink called Horchata, which is a milk made from tiger nuts, typically accompanied with a sweet pastry called Farton. ๐Ÿ‘Œ

Horchata with Farton
Valencia Cathedral (entry for 8 Euros – though I got away with a student discount again! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ‘Œ)
Main altar of the cathedral
Beautiful chapel ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿฅฐ
Love stained glass whenever I visit a cathedral!
Amazing!
Underground of the cathedral
Eek ๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ˜ฌ๐Ÿ’€๐Ÿฆด๐Ÿฆด

After wondering through the town some more, I then rode the bus to the more desolated Pinedo beach which sat on the outskirts of Valencia, enjoying the breezes from the sea before riding back to the city again. ๐ŸŒŠ ๐ŸŒŠ

Pinedo beach

And after a few drinks at some bars and places across town (getting a little light headed lol), I settled for a final light dinner at a couscous bar near to my hotel in the Russafa area. The waitress was so lovely and welcoming, and we had such a nice chat about the city and travelling (turned out she is from Miami, so we got chatting about America which I longed to visit!) ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿฅฐ

Couscous buffet bar for a light and healthy dinner! ๐Ÿ˜‹

And donโ€™t forget itโ€™s Halloween this Sunday! ๐ŸŽƒ๐Ÿ‘ป Stay safe and enjoy the festival! ๐Ÿ˜‰

Day Out in Chiswick

As lockdown easing will hopefully continue on Monday, there is most definite a great sense of normality back in life. Weather in London is as turbulent as ever though as we went through a cycle of rain, sun, rain and more sun throughout the day – but what great fun I had enjoying a day out with my best friend! ๐Ÿ˜

We decided to visit Junkyard Market in Chiswick, and after running a bit late on the London tube, I arrived at the outdoor venue just as the rain was about to fall. ๐Ÿ™๐ŸŒง

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But thankfully as busy as the tent area was, we eventually managed to find a spot to sit down. Due to COVID measures, all orders were done through the app and QR code at the table – but it did allow easier browsing in my opinion. I decided to order an African grilled chicken thigh with chips and also sausage and beans mac and cheese! ๐Ÿ˜‹

The sun is back out again!

It wasnโ€™t long before the sun is shining back out again (typical London lol) and then very quickly back out again! ๐Ÿ˜‚ It literally lasted about 10 minutes when we took our jackets ๐Ÿงฅ off enjoying the warm sun โ˜€๏ธ before putting them back on again as the dark clouds came matching back! โ˜๏ธโ˜๏ธ But I did grab a vegan ice cream just in time haha!

Quick snap before the dark cloud was coming back over us again! ๐Ÿ˜‚

After staying cosy back in the tents to sit out the rain until it stopped, we decided to take a walk around Chiswick (juice ๐Ÿฅค in hand) as we made some surprising art discoveries around the area! ๐Ÿ–ผ

Trying to be healthy! ๐Ÿ˜‚
A โ€˜Stay At Homeโ€™ mural made by students in the area really touched home for me
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This is such a cute sign in the park โ˜บ๏ธโ˜บ๏ธ
Stumbled upon this amazing-looking building!
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Isnโ€™t it just amazing how new discoveries are always around the corners? ๐Ÿ˜Š Hope all of you also have a lovely weekend!