First Weekend In Valencia 02/23/2012
I am going to start off by saying that I am pretty terrible at riding a bike, oh but what is this? On the 3rd day I am in Valencia you want me to ride a bike all around the city? Well shoot sure tour guide I will ride a bike and fall over multiple times >.< But in all honesty I would have to say that I actually enjoyed the bike tour very much because all of Valencia is very flat so there are no hills and the new part of the city has bike lanes all over which is really amazing. As a group we got to ride around and see the sites of the new city which included the arts and science building, a giant playground in the shape of a guy and along the coast and pier area at sunset which was absolutely gorgeous. Of course no trip would be complete without shenanigans which are just what we did by riding around in open areas and doing silly tricks on our bike or riding really close to other people to try and psyche them out. All and all the ride was about 3 to 4 hours and I had much more fun than I thought I would on a bike.
The next big thing I did this week was go on a historic tour through the old downtown part of the city which is where all the gorgeous old buildings and statues are. To tell you just how old some date back to the 1200’s and have been conquered by at least 3 different groups of people all fighting for their right to control the town. We started off by meeting at Serrano towers which is one of the two towers that is still standing today. At one point there were 12 towers that formed a wall around the city that helped to guard it from outsiders, it is an absolutely amazing structure that is complete with gargoyles, slits in the walls for archer to shoot their arrows through and a heavily fortified structure that has withstood the forces of nature and mankind which is very impressive and I could not help but stare at it for around 10 mins or so just looking at how much work had to go into this place. Unfortunately only two of the original 12 towers still stand today but they are a very big part of the city because of their historic value. After looking at the towers we headed off into the labyrinth that is the historic area because most of the streets are original streets and so the labyrinth like walk ways were meant to confuse invaders or in the case now a day’s people that get drunk in the downtown area. While walking through this area we saw all sorts of statues that were figures of saints and important people throughout the history of Valencia as well as churches and cathedrals. There is one imparticular called the cathedral is a great example of 4 different types of architecture because it took so long to build that it spands 4 different periods. Hopefully soon I will also get to go into the Silk exchange and the Mercado Central, both of which are very beautiful works of architecture.