City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia, Spain // FLASHBACK FRIDAY

Let me set the scene for you:

February 2011. Stuck in a cubicle at a mind-numbing corporate job. I’m perusing Twitter, as you do to distract yourself, when I notice a slew of tweets from Airfare Watchdog, alerting their followers to a bunch of $200 roundtrip flights to Europe.

Let me repeat that: $200 flights from NYC to Europe. Are you KIDDING ME?!!

Obviously it must have been some kind of glitch with Delta’s system, because these flights normally run about 4x that price. Airfare Watchdog had announced $200 flights to Copenhagen and Stockholm, which of course I had JUST visited about 6 months earlier.

I freaked out to the coworker sitting next to me and told her: “OK, if I see $200 tickets pop up to France or Spain, I’m 100% booking it, right here and now”.

An hour later, I had a $200 ticket to Madrid for a 2-week trip in March 2011. HELLO, SPAIN!

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Believe it or not, the above photo is in fact from Spain. The City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia was quite possibly the best thing I saw in Spain: it was a unique blend of modern architecture housing all sorts of cultural exhibits. Coupled with bright blue skies and weather to die for, I had a total blast frolicking around the complex. I even splurged and visited the aquarium inside L’Oceanogràfic – well worth the price of admission!

If you are traveling in Spain, it is well worth visiting Valencia to see the City of Arts and Sciences (aka la Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias). It’s not typically European, or Spanish, but it’s off the beaten path and completely beautiful.

Lindsay Buckley is the photographer and travel blogger behind Frugal Frolicker. She's a New Yorker currently based in Sydney, Australia, documenting outdoor travel experiences Down Under and beyond. Follow along with Lindsay's travel photography on Facebook and Instagram, and be sure to sign up for the monthly Frugal Frolicker newsletter!

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