Valencia, Spain

October 5, 2008 at 1:48 am (Uncategorized)

Day 4

~ Arrive at Valencia Airport at 7:45 P.M.

~ Take a Taxis from the Airport to your hotel. $20

~ Check in at the Beatriz Rey Don Jaime in Valencia, Spain. $124.98

Day 5

~ Take it easy today and explore the city. The Fallas festeval is in full swing. The Fallas are the celebration of St.Joseph. Each neighbourhood of the city has an organized group of people, the Casal faller, that works all year long holding fundraising parties and dinners, usually featuring the famous speciality paella. Formerly, much time would also be spent at the Casal Faller preparing the ninots or dolls. Each group takes its ninot out for a grand parade, and then mounts it, each on its own elaborate firecracker-filled cardboard and papier-mâché artistic monument in a street of the given neighborhood. This whole assembly is a falla.

Day 6

~ After leaving the hotel today you’ll see a bull fight ($35.32) from the stands of a colloseum. Vicente Barrera, grandson of Vicente Barrera the matador whom Hemingway takes to task for his killing technique in Death in the Afternoon, is preforming on the final day of the festeval.

After the show, head to the square of town where the final pyrotechnic display will occur.  This traditon is called …

La Mascletà

Day 7

~ When you wake today the aftermath of the nights celebration will be overwelming with the falla still burning in the streets.  Check out of your hotel and venture toward Pamplona, Spain.

There is something intoxicating and dangerous and reckless in the way the Spanish celebrate, which is what must have drawn Hemingway to their way of life. It is physical and hard and colourful and noisy and yet has a rare sense of historical continuity.

~ Board a train to Madrid and then on to Pamplona…

From Valencia to Pamplona $168
Freedom, 2nd class; 1 adult

[11:25 AM-02:55 PM] 10/13/08, train 1415
Valencia Nord to Madrid Atocha, Seat
[03:05 PM-06:10 PM] 10/13/08, train 609
Madrid Atocha to Pamplona, Seat

Board a train to Madrid and then Pamplona, Spain at 11:50 A.M.

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