Thursday, 27 January 2011

Valencia City, Day One.

Jayne’s Birthday!!!!

Plan one for today was to get lost just wandering around the City streets, but the rain was heavier that we had hoped so plan two was put into action. We caught the bus down to the Ciudad de las Artes Y las Ciencia’s which was what we had planned to do the next day. We arrived and purchased a ticket for the Science Museum and the Aquariums, the buildings in this area are very futuristic and modern looking. We entered the Museum and made our way to the top floor and started to explore, we soon came across the one thing I had wanted to visit. I quickly took off my Naturalist anorak and put on the Star Trek version. The exhibition was great with loads of info and items of clothing from the many different versions of the program/ films. We continued to work our way around this attraction and before we knew it we had used the whole of the morning up and so we decided to head over to the Sea life Centre as we were told that this would take us a lot longer than the museum. The only faults with the Science building was a lack of signage and the only loo's being down on the ground floor by the entrance which is one hell of a trek from the third floor, but a good morning.
We started in the Oceanográfic (Sea life centre) by going through the Tropical and Mediterranean tunnels and tanks, it was fantastic with so much to look at we found we had spent another hour and a half just in this area and our stomachs were telling us it was time to find some food. We visited the cafe on site which was reasonable and not too expensive. On our way around the to next tunnel we called in at the bird enclosure, where there was a collection of water birds including Night Heron (Marinete Común / Nycticorax nycticorax), Ferruginous Duck (Porrón Pardo / Aythya nyroca), American Green-backed Heron and Rosy Spoonbill amongst others not really the way I like to see birds, but it was a fairly good for a captive collection. We then continued through the Caribbean area and then into the tunnel with all the large Sharks. We finished of by going into the Arctic and Antarctic areas; here we saw Walrus, Beluga Whales and Penguins.
It was early evening by the time we caught the bus back to the hotel, we had 40 winks and then headed out for the night and to find some where nice for a meal. We eventually decided on a small restaurant called La Sardineria which was very popular. We enjoyed the meal and would fully recommend a visit, the food was good and the owners were very pleasant.
Photographs from the top: Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia building, Jayne and friend, Star Trek costumes, Enterprise bridge, Sunfish, Green-backed Heron, Tropical Fish and male Walrus.

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