I realized I never posted any photos from a great family-visit trip we took to Valencia, Spain last year. I think Valencia is the great semi-best-kept secret of Spain. It's big enough to be cosmopolitan but still small enough to be relaxed and easily navigable, people are friendly in a laid-back way, there's art and history everywhere, and the climate is conducive to strolls at pretty much any time of year.
Ironically, and somewhat sadly, I felt like the recession had made Valencia almost more enjoyable from a visitor's perspective than it was when we lived there ten years ago. I'm not sure how much of that was due to the fact that this time I was on vacation, and how much was due to the relative quiet brought on by an economic downturn.
One of the things I enjoy about Valencia is the juxtaposition of new and old. These very modern murals are in the oldest part of town. I can't say anything about these exact buildings, but many of the buildings in this neighborhood have parts dating back hundreds of years, and there are some neat interior design elements built around, say, Moorish walls.