Here's a short video I made of (one of the) Ofrenda de Flores a la Virgen de los Desamparados. This goes on during two days, from around 11 am till 11 pm. Costumes, flowers, bands, ... men, women, children, babies, ... thousands of them are all over the city. Impressive!
Unfortunately this, too, is Las Fallas. The streets arounds Plaça de l'Ajuntament were a mess after the daily Mascletà. However, after one hour everything was cleaned up again. Same at night after the daily fireworks. The cleaning services of the city did a great job!
La Mascletà, the concert of gunpowder, as it is called ... everybody wants to be near (except us - we stayed at a fair distance). When we started our morning walk at around 10 am, people were already 'camping' on Plaça de l'Ajuntament to be on the first row. Macletà starts at 2 pm! Unbelievable, because it's extremely loud and the gunpowder stinks.
Those last two shots put people to shame, it does annoy me to see litter casually discarded like that. We were taught to be tidy and what little litter we created had to be carefully disposed of in a bin or brought home.
Man is not lost, only temporarily uncertain of his position
Ha ~ you all would curl up like salted snails at the sight of Mardi Gras litter!
Wonderful report, Amboseli. I absolutely adore the women's costumes. They even ditched their eyeglasses and hid any short hair to make it all the more perfect. Gotta say that the modern baby strollers kind of gave it away, though. I wonder how cold the people in costume were, as the spectators look all bundled up.
Lovely report, amboseli. I have to confess that my first impression was "oh, that's a refined version of what Mexico does all the time" but that is not accurate of course. It is in fact completely different, and I am a bit surprised by the mix of lacy folkloric costumes, cartoon characters and Christmas illuminations. It just goes to show that celebrations have become a total fusion of items everywhere these days, and there's nothing wrong with that.
As for the trash, no big deal -- it happens in every big crowd. Even if there were a thousand or more trash receptacles, most people couldn't get to them. The only important thing it that it is all properly cleaned up as quickly as possible.
Oh my gosh, Amboseli -- that is dazzling! I had to look up Santiago Calatrava. He is the architect of that fabulous "bird" building at the new World Trade Center. (he also has my birthday, lucky dog). Really, I'd say that architecture alone is reason enough to go to Valencia.
Excellent photos, Amboseli! The traditional costumes are beautiful and the figures are fantastic. I'm going to Spain at the end of the year and I'll be spending one day in Valencia. I won't be these anywhere close to Las Fallas, unfortunately, but these pictures certainly whet my appetite. I'm especially looking forward to seeing the City of Arts and Science. The whole complex looks amazing. I don't think I'll go in one of those water balls, though.
And of course we made our daily walks in the rest of this beautiful city.
bixaorellana Calatrava is also the architect of the train station of Liège-Guillemins in Belgium. Another beautiful artwork!
@nycgirl You'll love Valencia. It's a very pretty city with the beautifully restored Barrio del Carmen, the 'grand' buildings on and around Plaça de l'Ajuntament and, not in the least, the City of Arts & Science. ENJOY!!
I recognize some of these places from the research I've been doing for my trip. The building with the ornately carved facade is the National Ceramics Museum, right? It looks beautiful. I also like the look of the market.
Better and better, Amboseli! It's such a beautiful city and you've captured it so well. I had to laugh at myself because at a couple of the pictures I was thinking, "that really looks like Mexico", when of course it's the other way around.
I'm fascinated by the dried peppers in the market and what I could see of the list of dried spices they offer. And those Spanish hams -- whooo!
Thanks for the heads-up about the train station of Liège-Guillemins. I looked it up and you are so right about it being a beautiful artwork. I love how at certain angles it resembles a high-speed train.
Ooooo ~ thanks for the closeups and the details. The lace is so beautiful and the participants looks as though they just stepped out of a Goya painting. And you're looking pretty good there yourself, Amboseli!
Hi Manuela ; whilst you wait for Amboseli to respond I would suggest looking at the Rufaza district. I don't know if this would be the best choice for Las Fellas, as I have not been there at that time, but its a great area to stay in.