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    Two Spanish Cities

    Two Spanish cities, on the coast, not far apart.

    Valencia, 19th Century, buildings are walls that define spaces in the city:







    Benidorm, 20th Century, buildings as points in space (except in foreground of first pic, which preserves a 19th Century pattern), inevitable with high-rises:




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    ugggghhh - it's like comparing Paris to Ft. Lauderdale.

    I'm sticking with Valencia - or as they say in Spain - Bal-en-THEE-ah
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    Wow, what a contrast. Is Benidorm like some of the coastal French towns, like Le Grande Motte, that grew up around the tourism industry? Great pics of Valencia. I have family there, and it's nice to see what it looks like (they never send photos).
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    Only 35,000 permanent residents in Benidorm. The rest are British tourists.

    All those highrises...the most per capita.

    Valencia has been described as "the most gorgeous city on the planet."

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    inspired!

    Ablarc, what gorgeous pictures of Valencia! They inspire me to start studying to improve my Spanish... Nah...(Maybe a few more pictures of it might...)
    I wonder what it would be like to be a planner in that city...

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    chihwunk, some cities you just point your camera and it comes out that way. I think Buenos Aires and Budapest are a lot like that--and of course, Paris. Beaux-Arts cities all, along with Valencia.

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