Viva Valencia

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Flag of Spain  , Valencia,
Friday, September 7, 2012

It is 10.10 on Friday evening and we are back in our room listening to the music from the street. So far we have had 'My Way' and 'New York, New York'. I started the day feeling a little worse for wear, not sure if the Cointreau on Ice was the final straw or whether it was just the ice! We had been warned not to drink the water, however I feel fine now!
Valencia is an interesting city with many attractions if you like architecture, both old and new. Fortunately, John does. We took the 'bus turistic' to the city of arts and sciences. There were several modern, large buildings designed by Santiago Calatrava (one of the world's most famous architect/engineers for those of you who do not know, like me!!) The design of some of the structures seemed to draw on some of those original ideas from Gaudi, the branching colums etc. John was certainly very impressed. The concert hall was closed but we decided it was a cross between D'ath Vader's head, the Sydney Opera House and a fish. We did go to the science museum which I thought was excellent. Similar hands-on, interactive stuff that your get at Questacon and the like, but with some new ideas for demonstrating scientific concepts. It was also much larger than Questacon. From there we contiuned past an amazing cable-stay bridge. For non- engineer types look at the photo.
Finally we visited the oceanografica (otherwise know as an aquarium) It was good. We had a buffet lunch at the aquarium. As I hadn't eaten since the night before it was well received though pretty disgusting.
We then got back on the bus and continued our tour. We visited many sites but did not get off the bus until we reached the IVAM, the institute Valencia of modern art.
Valencia is an interesting city, the attractions are more widespread than Barcelona, the architecture more varied and the streets more dirty. There is a bullring a few hundred metres from our hotel. Someone needs to take to the streets with a karcher!
Tonight we had dinner at Civera Marisqueria. Most pleasant. I am looking forward to an early night, mind you it is already 10.45. Tomorrow we risk losing our luggage on an  'Easyjet' flight to London or paying through the nose because we are one kg overweight. (For those of you who have not seen the 'Irish Cheap Flights Youtube video, I can highly recommend it provided you are not sensitive to the odd 'feck'). We are staying with our friends Sue and Mike Jelliffe.
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