Friday, 10 October 2014

Photo diary: Valencia - and a selfie mission

I'm back in the autumnal UK after seven days of amazing summery weather in Spain... I was keeping up with some blogs here and there when I had wi-fi, and it was so weird seeing everyone talking about rain and cold when I was so hot. And now I've now got two more sets of summer outfit photos to share here... to add to the ones I've already got that I still need to post. So maybe by the time it's summer again I'll get round to autumn/winter? Or perhaps I should keep some of them back for next year (thoughts, anyone??)...

Anyway, B and I were determined that this holiday we'd actually take some photos of ourselves - as many trips/outings/events go by where we're snap happy with the scenery, but for all intents and purposes we might as well have not been there and certainly couldn't prove we were! Ironically, considering I write this blog, neither of us really photograph well off the cuff. But if holidays give you one thing, it's time to retake many, many photos... 

So, here's 15 of my favourites, including some selfies, many from Instagram - hence the squareness and filters.

Biopark

A charming 'immersive zoo' - which essentially means they've recreated habitats for the animals so that none are in metal cages, but are instead more 'naturally' fenced off by boulders etc, as my favourites, the elephants, were. You were even allowed to go into the lemur enclosure. I have quite mixed feelings about zoos and animals in captivity these days (more to come on that in a sec), but this one is as close to what I think is ok as I've seen yet.




Oceanographic

And hence my mixed feelings about animals in captivity. I was really excited about visiting this aquarium, as I love huge tanks of tropical fish... but I wasn't prepared for how upset seeing the beluga whales and dolphins in their tanks made me feel. I wouldn't say I know a lot about this, but I just felt like some of these animals weren't happy. It might be the last time I see animals like this in captivity - and my last dolphin show (amazing action picture below taken by B).




Pretty parks

One of my favourite things to do on holiday - and B's too - is to find all the parks and (sun)bathe in their beauty. Fortunately for us, Valencia has an amazing park running through the city which is where the river used to be. It's miles of gorgeous nature and fountains and swingsets (which as I noted on Instagram, was the only way I could get a rather overheated B to quit moaning - worked a treat!)...





Beaches

Not much to say here or many photos to share, but we did get a couple of days in at nearby beaches. Which involved the most harrowing bus-rides of my life to get there - Valencian buses don't offer much in the way of seats or human dignity. You basically pinball around inside until an old woman virtually mounts you to help themselves exit the vehicle. Fortunately, the beaches were beautiful and worth it.


Valencian beauty

Palaces, traditional dress and beautiful Spanish buildings for these last few photos... the traditional dress came from the last day when we realised we'd stumbled on a regional holiday celebrating Valencia. We first found out about this holiday by the loudest fireworks I've ever heard in my life at midnight the night before. B and I both thought we were going to have to grab our passports and flee to the British Embassy as a war had clearly broken out. Weirdly, they had more of these ear-shattering fireworks in the middle of the day, when it was impossible to actually see them. But there you go... Valencians love noisy fireworks.





As I say, there are more outfit photos to come from this trip... I just haven't decided when yet! If there was one good thing my being a complete spendthrift in the summer achieved, it was making sure I had plenty of choice for clothes this trip.

Hope everyone's been settling into autumn and it's not been such a big shock for you as it has for me standing on a freezing train platform last night!


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10 comments:

  1. Wow, it looks like you had an awesome time! I would love to visit Spain, it seems like such a beautiful country, and everyone that I know who's been there raves about what a great place it is. I might have snorted a little bit when I got to the bit about being mounted by old ladies getting off the bus. Can't wait to see more outfit pics.

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    1. It is a great place indeed - the food is so good, in particular, although someone overindulged and made themselves a bit sick. Eh-hem. I deserved it after the bus trauma though!

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  2. What an exciting, fun (and sun) filled post! I was briefly in Spain (just over the border from Portugal) when I was 14 (nearly 15), but I didn't get to really see or experience the country much. I'd definitely welcome the chance to return and do just that anytime.

    I share, and have always struggled with, your mixed feelings about animals in captivity. I realize that at times it's necessary to try to preserve the very existence of a species or when animals are/were injured and would likely (or absolutely) have perished in the wild, but still, being a massive animal lover (and animal rights advocate) zoos will forever be a sensitive topic for me as well.

    On a more upbeat note...I hope you have a splendid weekend, dear gal!

    ♥ Jessica

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    1. It's difficult when the animals are very intelligent, in particular, I think. I feel like they're more frustrated and act more abnormally because they don't understand why they can't roam about for miles like they want to. I feel like I want to find out more about all of this, but it will probably deeply affect / upset me for years. Sigh... x

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  3. This vacation looks amazing! It's so great to have a travel partner that likes the same things out of a trip! I need to make it to Valencia someday :)

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    1. It's not only great, I feel like it's essential! Especially when holidays are so darn expensive!!

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  4. Woo hoo! I was looking forward to seeing these! You look so cool and poised in each snap, you clearly fare better with heat than I do. Love the big hat, did it come in really handy? Those traditional costumes are amazing, what a treat. I wouldn't mind seeing some more summer outfits, I foilow blogs in Australia so always get a mix in my blog feed anyway! Glad you had a fab time xx

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    1. I actually love the heat - my mum's dad is from the south of India, so perhaps it's in my blood?! Clearly isn't in my pale, pale skin tone ;) I actually found the hat a pain because of how big it was and the horrendous hat hair it gave me, but more to come on that as it will feature in future outfit post... that's true, I see Australian posts too - good point! x

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  5. Gorgeous photos, and I don't believe for a second that you don't photograph well off the cuff - you look as beautiful and stylish as ever!

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    1. You haven't seen the outtakes..!

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