Friday, 28 January 2011

Valencia City, Day Two.

Sightseeing around the City.

Today was a general wander around the City with a mix of sightseeing and shopping. We started by going to the Mercado de Colon, an old market which had been unsympathetically done up with some not so great looking places to eat. As it was still not raining we headed down to the old river bed parks, the river was moved a few Kms down the road after some very bad floods in the 1950's and the area is now being used for walking and a great many other recreational activities. We followed the parks up as far as the Torres de Serranos the Northern gateway into the City and then moved south through the winding back streets until we found our selves passing the Palau de la Generalitat and back in the Plaza de la Virgen. We went inside the Basilica de la Virgen de los Desamparados and the Cathedral which was close by, both fantastic buildings surrounded by nice public areas.
Our next stop and for me the highlight of the day was the Mercado Central, what a place to do you shopping, Vegetable, Meat, Fish and many other stores selling what looked like some of the freshest and unmessed with food I had ever seen. The herb and spice stalls made the place smell great; it was spotless, friendly and just a great experience. Lunch was taken back at La Sardinaria; the menu del dia was very good and set us up for an afternoon in the shopping part of the City. After a quick doze in the afternoon we again went out on the town till late on, eventually found a place to eat and the retired back to the room with aching feet.
Photographs from the top: Basilica de la Virgen de los Desamparados, Lace Stalls, Doorway to Palace of the Marquis of Dos Aguas, Torres de Serranos, Mercado Central and stall in the Market.

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