Kissing hand – GentlemanThere was a time when a gentleman was the ultimate form of male humanity. If such a personage was also a bit of a dab hand at war, sports and the seducing of ladies, well so much the better. But it was the more serious characteristics of a gentleman that earned the greatest respect, making qualities such as good manners, refinement in look and intellect, a strong moral code and steadfast reliability the marks that made the man. You could rely on a real gentleman, and as the refined form of a ‘real man’ he was not confused about his gender role, but strong, resolute and also gentle and respectful towards women.
For so long now we have associated travel with sea, sun, sightseeing, pampering and generally making a nuisance of ourselves that it’s hardly a wonder that tourists are not the most beloved of people around the world. Instead of the conventional seaside hotel, country getaway or city tour we sought to find modern-day travel inspiration along a different route – one that approached the tourist experience from a novel perspective.
After a long period of time, the multinational furniture company, IKEA, has, for the first time, reached the Autonomous Community of Valencia. The chosen location has been the municipality of Alfafar, a few kilometres away from the city of Valencia, and this decision ties in with the area’s tradition with the furniture industry.
Mislata-born Miquel Navarro, a Valencian artist with his own exhibition at Valencia’s modern art museum (IVAM), is the man behind the sculpture ‘La Fuente Pública’, or ‘The Public Fountain’. Seen as a city icon, this year Valencia celebrates the 30th birthday of this emblematic sculpture. Any tourist or visitor who asks a local Valencian what the official name of the sculpture is may be surprised to find that there is hardly anyone who actually knows the official title.
In first line to the Las Arenas beach in Valencia, used to exist one of Valencia’s most emblematic places to summer. The swimming pool of Las Arenas was an excursion place for many families who would spend all day there swimming and eating. The Las Arenas swimming pool, which closed its doors at the beginning of the eighties, used to be situated, where today rises one of Valencia’s grand luxury hotels, the hotel Las Arenas. Regardless, it stayed in the memories of many different generations of Valencians, who once enjoyed one of the most popular recreational spaces of Valencia.
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