I LOVE traveling, especially when the destination is as beautiful as Valencia! If we had a lot of money we would spend it all on visiting other countries. Anson & I both enjoy visiting new countries, experiencing different cultures and trying new things! It doesn’t bother us if we can’t speak the language or if things aren’t the same as they are in Canada because that is all part of exploring our amazing world!
I have been privileged to travel across Canada and the US as well as to many other countries. I really don’t take it lightly because there are so many people who have never been able to leave the city where there were born. Of course, there are also those people who don’t want to go to new places! Those are people I just don’t understand:)
Since traveling is one of my favourite things to do, talk about, think about, and read about–I am going to dedicate Tuesdays to sharing some of my favourite pictures and memories from our travels! If you don’t like large amount of pictures you might want to skip reading on Tuesdays!
When we lived in Malta we were able to take advantage of Ryanair to take some trips without paying hardly anything for flights! A lot of people complain about discount airlines but if I can fly somewhere for ten euros, I really don’t care how squished I have to be on that plane!
When our tenth wedding anniversary got closer we checked Ryanair and found the place with the cheapest tickets possible and ended up heading to Valencia, Spain. We rented a car and went to Benidorm for a couple of nights before heading back to Valencia for the rest of the trip.
When we arrived our first views of Spain were breathtaking! The mix of old and new always fascinates me and I love imagining all the people who once lived in all the buildings!
As we drove, our phone GPS was super helpful! We couldn’t stop laughing at the ridiculous directions we were supposed to follow! Luckily it wasn’t too difficult so we didn’t get lost at all.
Benidorm is a hot spot for English tourists so I probably shouldn’t have been surprised with the amount of English that we heard, but I still was! The beaches were huge and the food was delicious. I was really excited to have frozen yogurt there since Malta didn’t have any fro-yo shops then!
After two nights there we headed back to Valencia which quickly became one of my favourite cities ever. The train was so easy to navigate from the airport right into the city centre. It stopped a couple blocks from our really affordable but beautiful hotel. The hotel was on a pedestrian street filled with cafes, shops and street musicians. Just around the corner was a massive fountain in the city square where they sold fresh flowers at little booths!
We spent the majority of our time in Valencia riding bikes that we rented. They have fantastic bike paths leading all over the city that allowed us to explore and get some exercise. (Yes, I wore a dress for all my biking, but I wore shorts under just so you’re not concerned!) We biked to the beach and also all around the Arts and Science Buildings.
We checked out one of the old fortresses and climbed the stairs to the top. Anson decided he should climb over the barrier to get to the flag on the top cuz that’s how he rolls:)
The city of Valencia is just so beautiful that I honestly can’t even describe it! It is so modern yet full of old world charm. It is a large city yet somehow feels quaint. It is bustling with kids and families but also has a large population of elderly people. It has brand new shopping malls and ancient ruins where markets are held. We fell in love with Valencia so much that we took my sister and her family there (hello ten euro tickets again!) when they came to visit us in Malta. I haven’t met many cities I didn’t love but Valencia is very close to the top of my list!
What is your favourite city?
Where are you travelling next?