A very baroque evening

A very baroque evening

The church of St. Nicholas of Bari and Saint Peter of Varona (Iglesia Parroquial-Museo de San Nicolás y San Pedro Mártir) is a unique display of amazing artwork that is a perfect setting for both baroque music and rococo architecture. The church is also placed in one of the most historic sections of the city, El Carmen. I have walked by the church many times but never stopped in. The entrance is unassuming and there is a long corridor between buildings to enter the church itself.

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Orange street

Orange street

Here in Spain, oranges grow like wildfire. Streets here are lined with orange trees, orange groves cover the mountainsides, and fresh orange juice at breakfast is like the nectar of the gods, if you are into that sort of thing. More locally, orange trees are used as street decorations. The smell of orange blossoms is a welcome sign of spring when walking in the city. As winter approaches, the oranges ripen for a pop of color on the streets. Alas, these are decorative oranges, and are not really edible. They are too bitter and sour for human taste buds.

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Beach, Benidorm, Birthdays, and Brits: A weekend away

Beach, Benidorm, Birthdays, and Brits: A weekend away

I’ve been to Benidorm before, but only for a brief drive-by. So when a friend invited us to Benidorm to help celebrate his birthday, we decided to make a long weekend of it. After all, we reasoned, it’s off season for the Spanish east coast, and the hotels were really reasonably priced. To add to the adventure, we decided to take a bus that travels directly from Valencia to Benidorm for an incredibly cheap ticket fare.

We were very pleasantly surprised when we arrived! Unlike Valencia, which is relatively flat, Benidorm has some interesting terrain due to the nearby mountains. The weather was fantastic, and while it was a little chilly, it was not too cold with the appropriate clothing. Being in the sun really helped, and added to the sensation that we were on a mini-vacation!

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Surprise street procession

Surprise street procession

Processions are part of the Valencian culture. I've seen more processions here than I ever saw in the United States. These processions range from religious events to politically-motivated parades, and everything in between. We have seen bridal parties visiting...

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A relaxing cup of Madrid

A relaxing cup of Madrid

According to Ana María Botella Serrano, former mayor of Madrid, "there is nothing quite like a relaxing cup of cafe con leche in Plaza Mayor." She was trying to entice the Olympic committee to choose Madrid as a site for the games. Instead, she created a hilarious...

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Changes in direction

Changes in direction

While I know it's been a while since I posted many things regularly (pretty much seven years!), I intend to resume a regular posting schedule. I have a long list of topics to cover, and I can't wait to share more about what it's like to live here in Valencia, Spain.I...

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Church bells in Canet

Church bells in Canet

Gentle readers, this post is long overdue.In November 2021, a friend invited us to see the installation of the church bells in Canet. In the cycle of church history, installing new bells (in Castellano, campanas) is an important event and can happen as rarely as...

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After 6 years

After 6 years

An experience living in another country can be life-changing, and I know it was that way for me. I was lucky to have visited Spain in 2010, and moved to Valencia in 2013. Eight-ish years ago, I didn't know what to expect, how to plan for such a big move, or what...

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More adventures upcoming!

More adventures upcoming!

Gentle readers, I hope you are doing well. The last few years have been quite the eye-opening adventure, especially considering how much time I spent at home. After a ridiculously long hiatus from writing on this blog, I'll be posting again soon. Stay tuned!

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2018: Green Spaces

2018: Green Spaces

In a recent conversation with a friend, she commented on the amount of non-grassy or non-tree areas in my photos. Looking through my pictures, I have to agree that the green space is not as prominent as I feel it should be. While I have emphasized green spaces in...

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