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Valencia is the 3rd largest city of Spain after Madrid and Barcelona.

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Founded by the Romans, Valencia has been the home of many cultures throughout history: Romans, Visigoths, Moors and the Aragonese all made this city an important cultural and financial center. 

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Valencia was founded as a Roman colony in 138 BC. The city is situated on the banks of the Turia, on the east coast of the Iberian Peninsula, its historical center is one of the largest in Spain.

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Its Cathedral was built on a former mosque which began in 13th century and continued to undergo a serious of changes until the 17th century. The structure features different styles but appears in the Gothic style.

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El Miguelete Tower is one of the city’s emblematic monuments which stands next to the cathedral’s main door.  It was built in 1381 in an octagonal shape. IMG_8273 IMG_8272IMG_8277 IMG_8290 IMG_8288 IMG_8287IMG_8283IMG_8433IMG_8425IMG_8423

Valencia is trade, art, history, museum, theater and business, it is the center of avant grade design and one of the most active cities in Europe regarding fairs and conferences.

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Plaza del Ayuntamiento, Town Hall Square is the main square in Valencia. This beautiful plaza has a fountain and patch of grass in the center and its flanked by some of Valencia’s most beautiful and important buildings.

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The famous Paella is a Valencia rice dish.  There are usually  several types of paella, with meat (chicken/rabbit), fish or seafood and mixed ones.  An authentic Paella is made only with fresh ingredients in a special iron pan and the girls totally loved it.

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With its unique setting, Valencia has been Spain’s mediterranean port, the vastness of the sea against the coastal mountains make Valencian coast attractive.

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We end our day trip with a walk at the Platja de El Cabanyal, which is the start of the beach line in Valencia city. IMG_8401

New York born, Taiwan raised, married Swiss, addicted to travel, love the change of boundaries, cant live without bubble, lover of food n wine, helping dad to run a lock company, passion in art n culture, recently picked up photography and blogging, raising two girls, balancing a busy life, juggling with different chores, writing my book and living my life!

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