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Valencia

sunny 31 °C

The order of the next day was a long drive, so we thought it would be good to get some food into us to start with. So we had a Parador breakfast to see us through most of the day. A near 500km drive took us over 5 hours with a couple of stops on the way to refuel and get cold drinks. Then with 5 km to go, G said with urgency ‘gottachuck’ and we pulled in quickly as the projectile started. Cleaned him up and then into the impressive El Saler Parador, where we put him to bed. He recovered enough for a quick play in the pool, but headed downhill after that and it was into bed for 16 hours sleep.
There are also modern Paradors...

There are also modern Paradors...


The next morning G and I headed out to have a day at the Oceanografic, the Science Museum and at the Hemispheric. Along with the Reine Sophia Arts centre, these make up a city of Arts and science at the southern side of Valencia. They are all modern designs, with the Arts centre looking like it has just landed in a sci fi movie.George Lucas designed the Opera House

George Lucas designed the Opera House


At the oceanographic we saw the dolphin show, which was impressive but led G to wonder if the dolphins were really happy doing this.
Dolphin show

Dolphin show

In the Oceanografic

In the Oceanografic

There is also a lot of underground tunnels to wander through and have fish, sharks and rays float over you. At the science museum we played with comic heroes and ate lollies (scientific experiment I swear) and avoided the space school when we found G would get thrown about – not a good idea after yesterday’s car trip, we thought. We also looked a bit at chromosomes and what they do before we had to get to the Hemisferic for a program on Egypt, good effects but light on a story line – and we still don’t know what was used for preserving mummies.Ready for Imax lobotomy

Ready for Imax lobotomy

Hemispheric

Hemispheric


Back at the Parador, we found out that L had wandered the sand dunes behind the Parador (this one is on the beach with a Golf Course) and got lost, taken a bus ride and then got back just in time for a body scrub and treatment. By the time we found her she was exhausted. Dragged her off for dinner which was uneventful apart from some delicious tomato smothered in olive oil and salt.
One for Fab

One for Fab


The next day we eventually headed up to Tortosa to a parador where we gainfully employed ourselves having lunch on the balcony and a swim in the pool for a few hours. Lunch in Tortosa

Lunch in Tortosa

That night we had a good chat with a couple of local ladies as we were eating our tapas, and finding out more about the area and getting the low down which we couldn’t use because we were heading straight to Barcelona the next day.
At the Parador

At the Parador

At the river

At the river

Posted by lostagain 16:13 Archived in Spain

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