|Name of walk||A Walk Around Valencia|
|Date of walk||2012-09-17|
Next stop was Valencia.
The town was situated 6km from the port. This was walkable, but much easier to get the shuttle bus into town and walk back. A tall ship on the way into the port
In order to dock we had to turn 180 degrees then dock sideways on to the pier
Close up of The City of Arts and Sciences which we would walk to this afternoon.
Captain David Thackray making sure docking goes smoothly.
Our first point of call was the Bullring, which is free but closed on a Monday. Statue of a matador.
Across the road is the Estacio del Nord. The railway station is decorated on the outside with ceramic oranges and mosaics that depict local scenes.
Inside by the ticket office.
The employment offices!
Casa Consistorial.....The Town Hall
Inside the Palacio de Correos y Telegrafos....Post Office! Standing by the third pillar on the right it turns into a whispering gallery.
Next we headed off to the Mercado Central.
Then La Lonja de la Seda, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Built as a silk exchange. The gargoyles are extremely rude! I have not used these pix in my email to spare those of a sensitive nature!
Barley twist columns.
Inside Santa Catalina.
Built in 1262. Pretty ornate!
I headed around the back to a small side chapel to see the mumified severed arm of San Vicente Martir. He was tortured to death by an anti-Christian imperial campaign in the 4th century and is the Patron Saint of Valencia...... so wonderfully gruesome!
I don`t know what The Da Vinci Code, Indiana Jones or Monty Python were going on about, cos apparently the Holy Grail is here......Ta da!
Hidden in a monastery in Aragon since the dark ages, then kept in the Dark Chapel since the 15th Century, it is made of agate an gold.....surely every carpenter's son would have one! ?? Well it is the thought that counts! Pope Benedict conducted Mass here in 2006.....so maybe it it might just be real........ or they are hedging their bets!
Then Brendan and I climbed the 207 steps of the cathedral's Bell Tower, El Miguelete.....Hot Work!
View from the top.
Tom sat at a cafe below in the Plaza de la Reina, eating ice cream! We joined him after our exertions.
The City of Arts and Sciences in the background.
Torres de Serranos, centre left, our next destination. La Plaza de la Virgen below.
Basillica de Nuestra Senora de los Desamparados. There was a Mass going on at the time we went in, and a choir singing. We only stayed for a while.
Bridges allow the clergy to go straight from the cathedral into the archbishop's palace, and as shown here, into the basillica.
Plaza de la Virgen.....
Unfortunately the 14th century Torres de Seranos was closed for renovation.
Next stop was the Rio Turia Park. In 1957 the river (Rio Turia) once again flooded the city, destroying vast parts. It was decided to divert the river away from Valencia and keep the dry river bed and all its bridges as a public park. We would be able to walk all the way to the City of Arts and Sciences using the park, so avoiding all traffic! Some sections of the park contained children's play areas, some football pitches, but there were footpaths and cycle paths all the way along.
A tree lined path.
One of the many bridges.
Some new bridges too. The Metro Station was just below us.
Ornamental ponds too.
You are never too far from a water feature.
It took us just under an hour to walk to The City of Arts and Sciences. (Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias) Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia.....Opera House.
Museo de las Ciencias Principe Felipe....(science museum) and L'Hemispheric.....a Planetarium, Laserium and IMAX cinema..
L'Umbracle contains plants and sculptures.
The lack of people was amazing. Maybe they are all inside? Or more likely this is one of the reasons for Spain's financial problems.
One of the world's largest aquariums.