Barcelona - Oct. 23

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October 23rd 2019
Published: October 23rd 2020
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An early start today takes us on a bus city tour with intermittent walk abouts. The City of Arts and Sciences is a cultural and architectural complex in the city of Valencia. It is located on the old riverbed of the Turia River which was drained after a catastrophic flood in 1957. L’Hemisferic was the first building completed and resembles a giant eye. It is an IMAX theatre. El Museo de les Ciencies Principe Felipe, an interactive museum of science, resembles the skeleton of a whale. L’Umbracle is an open landscaped walkway and L’Oceanografic is an open air oceanographic museum built in the shape of a water lily. There is also an Opera House and a white cable-stayed bridge crossing the dry river bed. All of these buildings are surrounded by massive reflecting pools. In the pool in front of the museum of science are five statues that are heads of people.

Spain is a Roman Catholic country and you can’t walk more than a couple of streets without finding a cathedral or basilica So many of my pictures are of these churches. In each of the squares that is dominated by a Catholic church there are beggars. Our guide advised us that there are free services that look after the people who are deformed or unable to work but begging is lucrative so they choose to do that in addition to receiving the services from the state. Spain is a rich country with free health care for everyone and good social services.

After free time in the Central Market which offered an amazing array of fresh foods at very reasonable prices, we left Valencia for Barcelona. As you may know, Valencia is famous for oranges and in place of the olive groves we are now enjoying miles of orange orchards. Valencia oranges in the market are massive and fresh orange juice is always available at the breakfast buffets. I purchased paella spice, vacuum packed green and black olives, a half kilo of chufa nuts (know as tiger nuts in Canada) and a quart of horchata, a sweet milky drink made from tiger nuts.

Our route is taking us north from Valencia and then east along the Mediterranean coastline towards Barcelona. All of this region was settled thousands of years earlier by the Phoenicians who were searching for more resources with which to trade.

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Workers on top of Opera House

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