We left Barcelona for Valencia on the 4 pm train, arriving at about 7. Ann & Brian met us at the station and we walked to their apartment. The boys were happy to see us, but also pooped after the school week and ready to hunker down for a bit.
So we took off with Ann!
Surprise! We visited another church!
We found a delightful spot for tapas, and I tried a yummy local beer.
We got our bearings a little bit…
And took off for the park. Jardin del Turia (Turia River Gardens) is a huge garden/park located in what was formerly a riverbed. There are, indeed, gardens…also foot and bike paths, soccer fields, a children's playground called Parc Gulliver, and more, all leading to the City of Arts and Sciences.
We happened upon an Alternative Craft Fair in the park, just before closing time.
Maddy & Annie found some amazing handmade shoes, and each came home with a pair!
I found an adorable dress for Gin (modeled by Jun, below).
And some lovely earrings for myself.
Made by Anna Panyella Joies. I can't stop wearing them!
And we walked, enjoying the park and admiring a few of the beautiful bridges overhead that cross over it. We made our way to the City of Arts and Sciences and, once again, found ourselves agape.
It's gorgeous, day (this photo taken a few days later) or night! Hi-tech, sci-fi, modern… very Star Wars-y. And the whole thing — everything — is covered in mosaic tile, almost all of it white. Incredible.
By then it was about midnight and it had been a long, busy day. We head back to the apartment and to bed. Mack kindly gave his room & trundle bed up for the girls, and I slept in Addy's room. We were on the 6th floor, had a tiny shared balcony, floor-to-ceiling windows — it's really a cute apartment! The boys were thrilled to camp out in a fort they'd made in the living room, so it all worked out.
It was nice to know that we'd be there for a few days/nights, too! To be continued…