Valencia 2011 Day 1 – Arrival

Valencia 2011 Day 1 – Arrival

Wednesday, December 21, 2011 by Wendy Lam

I’m a bit backlogged as you can see but better late than never! After Amsterdam, the second leg of my Europe trip was to Valencia, Spain. I was invited by Valencia Tourism (VLC) to visit and it was my first time there. I’ve been to Barcelona twice and Valencia is just about 1.5 hours away by fast train. The flight from Amsterdam to Valencia was quite brutal since there were no direct flights, I got up at the crack of dawn to make my Iberia flight which turned out to be a nightmare. Iberia flight attendants were super rude and there were little to no service at all. I was quite disappointed and never want to take Iberia again if I had a choice. After I arrived in Valencia, I checked into Hotel Vincci Palace, the hotel was pretty cute and modern. I was also happy that the hotel was in the city center, walkable from almost everywhere, especially food and shopping! I was beat by the time I got in so I decided to get some rest before dinner.

Dinner was organized by VLC as well, I went to Ocho y Medio which was about a 5-10 minute walk from my hotel. Valencia is a county known for rice, paella is the most famous. The typical Valencian paella is made with chicken, rabbit and snails, that was what I had for dinner minus the rabbit along with patata bravas. The Valencian paella was pretty different from what I’ve ever had, the presentation can be intimidating but don’t worry it’s not that much rice it just looks wide but it’s not deep ha! After dinner, I took a short stroll and headed back to the hotel quickly since day 2 would be very long! Stay tuned for more posts on my Valencia trip…

> Valencia 2011 Day 2 – Tour of the city

Hotel Vincci Palace
C/ Paz, 42
46003 Valencia
Tel: + 34 962 06 23 77


Ocho y Medio
Plaza Lope de Vega, 5
46001 Valencia
Tel.: +34 963 921 779

patata bravas

valencian paella


outfit: +j by jil sander for uniqlo puffer jacket, zara silk button-up shirt, versace for h&m jeans (courtesy of h&m), dolce vita jax ankle boots (courtesy of dv), celine luggage nano tote, house of harlow 1960 sunburst ring



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