The Second stop of my recent Eurotrip: Valencia!
This is the second instalment of my Eurotrip travel blog series. Do have a look at my Barcelona blogpost if you haven't already done so. Without further ado lets jump right into it!
From Barcelona to Valencia!
I woke up pretty early to catch the train from Barcelona Sants to Valencia and this was my first time travelling a long distance on like a proper train (not like a metro) so I was pretty excited. The south bound train ride to Valencia from Barcelona took a little over 3 hours and I have to say it was a pretty comfy ride. Needless to say, the views were amazing as the railway ran along the coast (with the Balearic Sea to the left) for the most part.
Unfortunately I don't have any footage of the scenery as the glass on the train windows were rather reflective and not too clear (it was great to just enjoy it in the moment though). I also managed to get some photography work done on the train so that was great!
Covering Valencia in a Day
Because we only had day to cover Valencia we got right to it! Went to the visitor centre at the train station to get recommendations and a bunch of pamphlets and we were on our way.
After dropping off our luggage at the hotel (which was really close to the City of Arts and Sciences #supercool) we headed in search of the "Hop-on/Hop-off Tour Bus" as we decided that would be the best way to cover the most ground given our limited time.
From the tour bus we got to see pretty much the main spots in Valencia including the city centre where we did get off to have a look around and walk to the beautiful Cathedral. Ooh we also got to the city centre as they were having some festival/event called "Mascletà" where they were blasting fireworks into the air in the afternoon. It was interesting and definitely loud with a great atmosphere as the plaza was packed with people.
We also got off at the City of Arts and Sciences which was just breathtaking. It consists of an opera house, a science museum, an aquarium and a 3D cinema. We had tickets to all the attractions in the 'City' but we only had time to cover the Oceanogràfic (aquarium) section. So if you are thinking of covering the entire City of Arts and Sciences, I'd recommend setting aside a whole afternoon for it.
The City of Arts and Sciences was architecturally amazing and I definitely wish I had more time to spend there but my folks were a little tired from all the walking and wanted to just chill by the beach.
After chilling by the beach and a nice Paella dinner we headed back to the hotel and called it a day, well at least thats what my folks did... I couldn't sleep without getting some shots of the City of Arts and Sciences at night so thats exactly what I did!
- If you only have a day to explore a foreign land, do your research ahead of time and plan your trip based on the locations you want to see/shoot.
- Thats right, do your homework! Go on instagram, travel blogs, social media sites, trip advisor.. etc. to figure out what you want to see ahead of time.
- If you're travelling with family, it's a good idea to make sure everyone is game and cool with your plan.
- As I was travelling with my folks who weren't too game on hitting up all the spots by foot, we compromised and took the tour-bus which hit up most of the attractions & sites. I still managed to get some great shots from the open-top tour-bus so thats cool.
- Location location location! If it is within your means, try to book your hotel near a site of interest that you'd like to shoot.
- Bring your tripod with you only if its a carbon-fibre travel tripod or when you know you will absolutely need it like when it gets dark and you want to capture landscapes.
- Basically don't let a heavy tripod get in the way of your experience of a place.
- Go out and explore at night while your family is asleep!
- If and when travelling with family, live in the moment and don't expect them to wait for you all the time as you get that awesome shot.
- Important Note: Don't forget to stay safe when you do this! Learn some martial art and know what to do incase things go south
Hope you enjoyed this short Valencia Travel Blogpost! Stay tuned for the next leg of my Eurotrip covering Madrid!
Till next time, keep shooting!