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Valencia, Spain: A Photo Diary

I took a spontaneous trip to Valencia, Spain at the end of January. I had been itching to be back abroad, and the best, quickest, and cheapest way I knew how was to be an Au Pair for a few months. I chose a city that I didn’t know too much about. Valencia is the third largest city in Spain after Barcelona and Madrid. Though I haven’t explored all of Spain’s major cities, Diana and I did go to Barcelona back in 2015 and loved every second of it. Personally, I knew little about Valencia as a city. Spain, as a country, however, I knew a thing or two about. For starters, it is a relatively cheap country to live in, the people are warm and hospitable, and the culture and language are aspects I know pretty well (thanks, Mom). Spain was also the only place I could think where winter acts more like spring. With February right around the corner in New York, it was a no-brainer of the countries I could choose from. While on the search, I found a great family who saw me a perfect fit for their daughter’s needs. I was also allowed to stay with my host family in their house, so finding accommodation and preparing meals were all included in this opportunity. It was settled. I knew I had to go.

I was both excited and nervous to stay in another city let alone live in another country for more than a few weeks and by myself, as Diana stayed in New York, of course. Nevertheless, my time as an Au Pair proved to be a great, albeit too short of a life experience that I continue to miss daily. It’s a good thing I have tons of photos to remind me of my time well spent there and to take me back when I’m feeling nostalgic, which has become an everyday feeling even months later. The only solution now is to wait until I go back again to visit, which I hope to be very soon.

Here’s Part One of my Valencia, Spain Photo Diary.

xoxo

signi

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21 Comments

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    Emily
    May 17, 2017 at 1:07 PM

    Great post! Very nice photos 🙂 which software to you use to edit your photos?

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    Bernadett
    May 17, 2017 at 1:31 PM

    Very nice pictures! 🙂 What an amazing city even in the middle of winter 🙂

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    Tessa
    May 17, 2017 at 4:29 PM

    this is great!!!

    Love everything about Valencia – I havent been for years but want to go back ASAP

    xo
    Tessa
    http://travelwheretonext.com

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    ada
    May 17, 2017 at 5:55 PM

    There is something magical about Spain that it make it my favourite country in the world! I haven’t been in Valencia yet but its definitely on my list! There is something special about your photos! They are so lovely !

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    Sol Solntze
    May 19, 2017 at 6:11 PM

    What a lovely varied collection of pictures from whatI see is a really varied place.

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    Aarti Kamath
    May 19, 2017 at 6:24 PM

    Beautiful Photo Story! … Perks of being an Au Pair! :)..

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    Tina
    May 19, 2017 at 7:38 PM

    I enjoyed the stunning pictures!

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    Brigitta
    May 20, 2017 at 3:20 PM

    These are so unique photos! I love them, the tone, the colors, the perspectives, everything!

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      Michelle
      May 31, 2017 at 7:11 PM

      Thanks so much!

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    jin
    May 20, 2017 at 3:32 PM

    omg your valencia photos are quite lovely! love the documentary style!

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      Michelle
      May 31, 2017 at 4:26 PM

      thank you so much!

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    Karen
    May 20, 2017 at 3:33 PM

    Wow, your photos are absolutely beautiful. I’d love to visit Valencia. It looks SO charming in your photos.

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      Michelle
      May 31, 2017 at 4:25 PM

      thank you!

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    Dariel
    May 20, 2017 at 4:07 PM

    Beautiful! We skipped Valencia so I guess we need to go back to Spain again some time soon.

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      Michelle
      May 31, 2017 at 4:25 PM

      It quickly became one of my favourite cities! Definitely, go visit it!

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    Leigh | Campfires & Concierges
    May 20, 2017 at 4:29 PM

    I really, really need to visit Spain one of these days! I love your photos, especially the mix of old and new architecture.

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      Michelle
      May 31, 2017 at 4:24 PM

      There’s so much old and new architecture Spain! In Valencia, you can see who had invaded where based on the designs. Lots of Christian architecture built on top of Muslim architecture. And of course the modern day architecture!

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    Sapna
    May 21, 2017 at 6:38 AM

    Awesome pictures. I love the post with lots of pictures because I get the visual feel of the place. I prefer lots of pics 🙂

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      Michelle
      May 31, 2017 at 4:21 PM

      Thanks!

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    Diana
    May 22, 2017 at 2:07 AM

    Absolutely beautiful. Wonderful photos.

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      Michelle
      May 31, 2017 at 4:21 PM

      Thanks so much!

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