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Transatlantic 2022 — Valencia; Reaching Sagunto

Iglesia de Santa María in Sagunto, Spain

Our tour left Valencia and traveled north for our next destination, the city of Sagunto, site of the Roman city of Saguntum. And Sagunto has it all — a gothic church (Iglesia de Santa María) begun in 1334 and not completed until centuries later; a wonderful archeological museum (Museo Arqueologico de Sagunto) featuring Roman artifacts; a recently restored 8,000-seat Roman theater, and Sagunto Castle overlooking the city and dating back to the 8th century.

Old tower on Calle del Castell near Plaza Mayor

We were advised that the trek would be uphill, so several of our group decided to forego the walk and imbibe in some beer at one of the outdoor cafés at the southeast corner of Plaza Mayor. The rest of us followed our guide as he headed south along Calle del Castell. Along this stretch you’ll find scenes such as:

Roman Theatre up ahead

You’ll know when you’re about to reach the archeological history museum when you pass this charmer:

Side streets Calle de Cubertorer and Calle Dels Delors

We’re here, so let’s step inside and look around:

Stepping back out onto the street, we headed east along Calle Dels Delors as we made our way to the Roman Theatre. Take a look back to find the bell tower of Santa María poking above the tiled roofs of Sagunto:

Sagunto street scene

But don’t just look back. Look up as well to find Sagunto Castle high above:

Sagunto Castle

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Fun Photo Friday — Transatlantic 2022; Valencia and Sagunto favorites 3

Wall Niche

Today is the third of four Fun Photo Friday favorites focusing on Valencian and Sagunto, Spain:

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Transatlantic 2022 — Valencia; Merchants, Markets, Merchandise, and More

A fun way to photographically remember we were in Valencia

Today I’m going to show you the continuation of our foot tour. This time we’ll be travelling from Mercat Central to Valencia’s jaw-dropping Edificio de Correos, their Post Office Building. Yeah, I used “post office” and “jaw-dropping” in the same sentence. But it’s also referred to as the Palace of Posts and Telegraphs of Valencia, so that should give you a hint as to what’s in store. But first, let’s continue down the streets of Valencia:

Colorful restaurant

Have you ever had horchata? Not the Mexican variety made with rice, which is great, but rather the Spanish variety using a tiger nut base? We tried it at an outdoor stand later that day, but before that we passed this lovely little horchatería, said to be the oldest in the city:

Horchatería de Santa Catalina

Horchatería de Santa Catalina is extremely popular. People were streaming in and out of it at such a pace that I had to time getting this shot of the tiled entrance:

Horchatería de Santa Catalina

Remember the belltower of Saint Martin Church (Església de Sant Martí), the photo I snagged from Valencia Cathedral? It’s less than two minutes from Horchatería de Santa Catalina:

Saint Martin belltower as seen from Valencia Cathedral

I took the quick opportunity to snap one shot outside, and another inside, before the rest of the group left me stranded.

Artwork above the entrance; Saint Martin Church
Saint Martin Church interior

Now we’re going to step inside a post office. Sounds boring, right? Well, just wait until you see the stained glass dome inside. The Edificio de Correos is less than a twenty-minute walk from Saint Martin Church:

Edificio de Correos
Edificio de Correos

Step outside, look across the Plaça de l’Ajuntament, and you’ll spot the Town Hall of Valencia:

Valencia Town Hall

Ursula and I were on our own for about ninety minutes, so as we walked around in search of lunch I caught a few more images:

Painted tile at Restaurante Palacio de la Bellota
Valencia pedestrian street scene

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