Friday, March 20, 2009

The night of fire

Last night marked the end of this year's Fallas in Valencia en la noche de la 'Crema'. Today the city returns to its daily routine.

In spite of the economic crisis, Nou Campamor produced the most expensive fallas in history. The 900,000 euro construction won them the first prize for the sixth year running. However they will not be competing next year, leaving others the opportunity to pick up first prize.

The numbers of visitors to the city was down this year due to the crisis. Hotels reported 70% occupancy. Complaints about the noise and the disruption due to closure of streets were up though.

In spite of these problems, the Fallas will return next year when Valencia will once again clear winter away to make way for spring.

Now we await Semana Santa and the parades of pasos.

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