A New Beginning
Wednesday 5 September 2012 - Wednesday 5 September 2012
We got a late start in Valencia, but the minute we got into town, we knew that this place was going to be a lot better than Barcelona. The city was filled with parks. Valencia is a lot more green than Barcelona, and much more pleasant. The pace was slower, and the city was less crowded. We were able to find a parking place and spend a few hours walking around the city. The whole old area of town is filled with beautiful buildings, and it is very easy to walk and see it all. It was extremely hot, but you can get a breeze while standing at the very top of the old Roman gate (very scary for those of us who are afraid of heights, though).
We started at the Roman gate.
After that, we kept getting lost on all the winding side streets, chasing a beautiful building we saw in the distance. As soon as we got to that one, we saw another, then another.
We then stopped at Valencia Cathedral, which is extremely grand. We actually managed to part with some our money for the tour, because we were so in love with Valencia and the audio tour was included in the price. Again, neither of us are Catholic, so we were confused at the symbolism most of the time. We tried to understand as much as we could, but when the audio said to look toward something, we found ourselves looking all over the place trying to figure out what it was talking about.
We then headed to the old silk market and other market buildings. Here, we only saw the outside, but that was definitely enough. These buildings were really nice to look at.
Overall, Valencia was beautiful. We both decided that if we ever came back to Spain, that would be the place to see. After we left, we drove hours to get to our campground. Unfortunately, we got in after 11, and didn't want to take the time to set up camp. We parked in our camping spot, and slept in the car. It was a bit better than sleeping on stones again, though.