So I've said that the weekend was brilliant and whacky and chaotic and crazy (all of which are true) but did I mention the sunhsine?
The Las Fallas festival, in part, comes from carpenters celebrating the end of Winter and burning their wooden scraps. Those scraps are what previously made up the falles (or statues). Now they're made by full time artisans.
What better way to celebrate the end of a long travelless London Winter with some glorious sunshine. Walking in it, sitting in it, even laying in it (gardens and beach, not so much on the street) was just glorious.
The beach. Oh how I loved it (but not my sunburnt feet and nose)
Ceramics Museum (marbl building - quite amazing up close)
One of the last remaining gates to the town from the Moorish times.
The Central Market
...and on to the festival...
As mentioned, the festival is quite multi faceted. Wiki does a pretty good job explaining things, so I'll be brief and just share some pics. Pics of the statues & fires will follow seperately (there are so many - I want to cull etc).
La Mascleta is the day time fireworks display. I know - day time fireworks, right? I'd seen the once before and been completely underwhelmed. These though, are paired with outright explosisions and create their own beat. Completly amazing. Pics, well not so much so maybe just appreciate the blue blue sky that had me mesmorised.
L'Ofrena Floral is the offering of the flowers to the virgin mary. The offering is done in tradtional Valencian dress and left in the Plaza de la Virgen where they are then put to use building a huge statue (you can see the progress below over two days)