A virtual visit to Valencia

A virtual visit to Valencia
: ZOOM MEETING: 50 Javea U3A members attended the last online meeting Photo credit: Javea U3A

JAVEA U3A meetings have been held via Zoom during the pandemic and the last was watched by 50 members.

Former History group leader Peter Atkinson’s informative talk, illustrated with excellent pictures, traced the history of Valencia City, Spain’s third largest after Madrid and Barcelona.

Valencia suffered numerous attacks by advancing and retreating armies during its history as well as serious flooding in the late 1950s.  This led to diverting the River Turia to avoid further destruction, with a dry valley created in its place.


Peter’s presentation featured Valencia’s contrasting architecture, from its beautiful old buildings to the ultra-modern City of Arts and Sciences, constructed during the last 20 years.

Any person who is retired from full-time work and interested in finding out more about the U3A should visit the www.u3ajavea.com website.

Linda came to Spain to live when she was 24, just over 52 years ago, and her husband is Spanish. She began writing for English-language local newspapers in the mid-1970s and hasn’t stopped since! She leads a Spanish life, which she believes is vital when conveying the news to English-speaking residents, and along the way she produced two editions of Expand Your Spanish, helping English-speakers to enlarge their knowledge of the language. She was excited to be in at the birth of the Euro Weekly News in 1999 and is still passionately writing for the paper 22 years later.


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