If this is the first time you're hearing about Fallas, and the first time you're seeing photos of the amazing figures which are constructed around the city, you're probably not going to believe (too precious to burn) that they're all burnt to the ground.
If a Valencian from 2018 had been able to glance three years into the future, they wouldn't understand what's happening. Why is Fallas being held in September?
The Fallas of 2021 is probably the weirdest Fallas of all; not only because it happened during the month of September, during a pandemic, but also because all of the Falleras and Falleros were wearing masks while marching in the big parades through Valencia.
The Plantà of Fallas, when monuments are erected throughout the city, is already in its final stages. Valencians are accustomed to having their streets taken over by the massive, colorful statues, but usually it's in March.
Fair warning, I have to admit that I'm obsessed with this Fallas figure by Valencian street artist Escif. It began when I saw the original sketches for the figure commissioned by the city of Valencia, for Fallas 2020.
I was only in Barcelona for ten hours, during a recent trip to take care of some paperwork, but couldn't resist the opportunity to check out the Sagrada Familia. This was my first visit to one of the world's most remarkable buildings, which is faintly embarrassing, having lived in nearby Valencia for so long
I few days ago, I spent ten hours in Barcelona. The main reason was to take care of some paperwork, but I decided to combine this administrative task with some fun as well. So if you find yourself with time to kill in Barcelona, this post is for you.
Fallas in the summer is something that's never happened before (as far as we know), and to get into the spirit, we went to the 2021 Ninot Exhibit, held at the Marina.
We decided to get in touch with Fallas artist Vicente Domínguez, in advance, and ask if we could stop by his workshop.
We drove out of the city, across the border separating Valencia and Castilla - La Mancha, and into Almansa. As we pulled up to his house, our old greeted us with a huge smile on his face.