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Valencia Vehicle Spotting

December 6, 2013
July 19, 2014

Valencian street vehicles still have plenty of mid-20th century vehicles driving around. It's part of the Mediterranean feel to see old Italian scooters and 1960's French cars...

Besides old cars and motorbikes, I also came across a number of military vehicles as well (but none of them were circulating).

Observe the photos below. Less words... images speak for themselves.

Citroën 2CV

Mustard green Citroën 2CV.
You can see these in the old 1960's and 1970's French Louis de Funès movies.
Wicked: this car's weakest version had a humble 9 hp engine, while the most powerful one only reached 29 hp!

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Citroën 2CV seen on the photo above was manufactured between 1948-1990 and can still be found in immense numbers throughout Europe and Latin America.

Except France, they were assembled in various other countries, including: Portugal, Belgium, the UK, Argentina, Uruguay, Spain, Chile.

The scooters aren't as abundant as in Italy or Morocco, but you can see plenty of them, especially in the central area. I saw plenty of old Piaggio models.

Mustard green scooter

Another mustard green vehicle. These scooters always remind me of Italy...

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This city has a vast metro and tram network. In fact, the two function as one, under the umbrella of Metrovalencia.

In 2013 there were 169 stations on 6 lines in the Metrovalencia network, which covered 175.34 km (108.95 mi). Lines 7, 8 and 10 are projected to be built sometime in the future.

Metrovalencia tram

A typical Valencian tram. Although they're officially part of the "Metrovalencia" network.

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The light metro is in fact a tram. Of course, the "heavy" one mostly travels under ground and has a bigger capacity to carry passengers.

Valencia metro staion Alameda

I frequently swapped metros at the Alameda station

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Getting around with the subway was very easy, the network is quite well-extended and even connects with the Manises Airport.

Valencia metro interior

Very comfy, clean and green! Valencia's metro has quite small, but very good metro cars.

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As I was strolling on the Paseo de la Alameda, I came across the Military History Museum which had a tank and transport helicopter exposed in front of the building.


An old tank outside the Valencia Military History Museum

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The Jet Ranger heli looked a bit weird, somehow artificial - as if it were a huge plastic model. I guess everything that's worn-down looks a bit weird afterwards!

Bell Jet Ranger

An old Bell Jet Ranger light transport/utility helicopter

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The port of Valencia was really uninteresting, but at the Saplaya Resort I caught a wicked little boat - toy-like, indeed. It's hard to imagine what anyone can do with it on the wild seawaves!

Oberseve: it looks like an "upgraded" paddle boat!

Small boat

Mini boat at Puerto Saplaya

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But, my best sighting was truly special. It happend as I wandered east of the Ayuntamiento area, towards the Parque de la Glorieta, which is not far from the Alameda metro station.

I immortalized the moment, which truly looks like a trip back in time! These travel moments are so uplifting.

Valencian vintage cars

2 vintage cars running in front of the beautiful Centro Cultural Bancaja...

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This area was especially beautiful, I felt overwhelmed by all the beautiful architecture that surrounded me.

And there were two parks found in the middle of this area.

I was just getting ready to photograph the colourful Bancaja building, when I spotted the two rounded-shaped vintage cards arriving from the distance.

This part of the city center is at the edge between the old and new quarters. This is where the area with an abundance of old buildings ends.
The Túria green areas and modern residential districts start a bit further from this spot.

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