Combining days 4, 5, and 6!!
Here's some of my impressions of Valencia:
- The old town area is much larger than that of Palma...probably more than double the size.
- Clearly, there was a height limit as I didn't see any building higher than 10 stories. That is, until you get out of old town and into the newer more modern areas.
- Old town is very well kept with tons of narrow, meandering streets. Back in the 'old days' the streets were built to accomodate horses and carriages...not cars and busses.
- The architecture had a very Valencian look...colorful and ornate. Now, that may sound like a dumb statement, but the style in Valencia has a very unique look, different than, say, Madrid and Barcelona. In most of the towns and cities I've visited in Spain, buildings are usually adorned with functional window shutters. But, I don't think I saw one in Valencia. Popular, however, are metal blinds that roll up/down outside of the window by pulling on a strap from inside the home. They're meant to keep the hot sun out, but you can rotate the louvres to expose small holes to let in air. They're also a good security measure if you plan to be away from home long.
- Like most anywhere in Spain, you don't find many apartments with dryers. Laundry is hung outside of their windows on scissor extension racks or old fashioned pulley clotheslines...like my mama did over 50 years ago!!!
Monday 8/17 Day 4:
I noticed the church next door, Iglesia de Sant Joan del Mercat, was open that wasn’t the day before. I went in and purchased a ticket packet that covered 3 places, one of which was for the church of San Nicolás de Bari y San Pedro. I later discovered it was closed today which was good as that’s where I was headed next.