A long cruise - Valencia, Spain - part 1

jim_1 Zone 5B Illinois(5b)June 11, 2014

Allow me to state at the beginning - I learned quickly to love Valencia. I would go back there now! It is fantastic. Okay, enough of that.

Valencia has a population of 800,000, making it the third largest city in Spain (Madrid and Barcelona are one and two). The city has many old buildings, but the new ones are just as impressive. You will see both in a short time there.

It was originally a Roman Colony, but it has a long and varied history as to how it became what it is today. The climate is mild, never below freezing and less than 50 days of precipitation per year.

This is a view of the skyline as we make our approach in mid-morning on Monday, November 11.

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jim_1 Zone 5B Illinois(5b)

Valencia is the busiest port on the Mediterranean with contain shipping. For many years, shipping was the biggest revenue maker in the city; however, since the 1990s, tourism has moved into a spot to generate as many Euros.

In almost every port we were at in Spain, the topic of unemployment was brought up. Comments were never positive. Most of the college graduates were moving to Germany due to their better position for employment. That leaves those with less education and a higher unemployment rate.

    Bookmark   June 11, 2014 at 9:13PM
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jim_1 Zone 5B Illinois(5b)

Ford Motor Company has a large plant near Valencia and there were several auto transports loading vehicles to be shipped throughout Europe.

    Bookmark   June 11, 2014 at 9:15PM
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jim_1 Zone 5B Illinois(5b)

Other cruise ships were in port the same day. This is P & O Cruise Line's Oriana, with a passenger capacity of 1800.

    Bookmark   June 11, 2014 at 9:18PM
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jim_1 Zone 5B Illinois(5b)

Also in port was Oceania's ship Marina. Less then 2 years old, it has 80% of the cabins with balconies. It carries about 1250 passengers, similar in size to our ship ms Maasdam.

    Bookmark   June 11, 2014 at 9:22PM
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jim_1 Zone 5B Illinois(5b)

Away from the port area are many resorts (south of the city) with expansive beaches.

    Bookmark   June 11, 2014 at 9:24PM
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There is a lot of construction in the city of Valencia. Here is an apartment building with views for all.

    Bookmark   June 11, 2014 at 9:26PM
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jim_1 Zone 5B Illinois(5b)

A teaser for the next posting about Valencia. This is a view of some of the modern structures that are close to our pier. You'll see much more of this next time.

    Bookmark   June 11, 2014 at 9:29PM
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