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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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Transatlantic 2022 — Valencia; Central Market

Last look: Church of Saint John of the Market

Everybody loves a little shopping. And if you’re Ursula, you’re enamored with foreign food markets. Doesn’t make any difference if it’s an outdoor farmers market, a Coop or Spar superstore, or a cavernous monstrosity housing myriad vendors selling everything from produce to hams to seafood to candies. In the case of Valencia, that last one describes Mercat Central de Valencia (Central Market of Valencia), an Art Nouveau hall of immense proportions located just southwest of the Silk Exchange. And, yes, when I say immense, I mean immense! Just take a gander at the exterior:

Mercat Central de Valencia

Think that’s impressive? Head on inside, where it looks even bigger because the photo above gives you no hint as to the depth of the market:

Mercat Central de Valencia

I have a sneaking suspicion that the vendors here are selected for the quality of their wares. It certainly appears so looking at, say, the produce:

Central Market produce

Or the seafood:

Central Market seafood

Or how about some of that famed Spanish jamón Ibérico?

Central Market Iberian hams

Getting hungry yet? If not, just click on the following slide show/photo gallery to fix that problem:

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