Since we were in the neighborhood, we had to stop by the La Casa de los Gatos. We enjoyed riding the bikes through the quiet dark streets as we took in the sounds of people gathering in the squares enjoying food and live music.
Tuesday, October 8, 2013
Botanical Gardens of the University of Valencia
As stated in a previous post, I love botanical gardens. I thinking back, I guess I always have as I loved going to the botanical gardens frequently when I lived in Athens, GA too. I love that in every city the botanical gardens offer something new. The botanical gardens in Valencia boast a collection with about three thousand species of trees and plants, specially the palm and the cactus. This botanical garden was founded in 1567 for the study of medicinal plants. The gardens have been restored since that time and contain a variety of greenhouses, a stunning shade garden, as well as different areas for aquatic plants, a rockery and an impressive grove of trees. Currently, the gardens dedicate its investigation to the knowledge of the vegetal diversity, the conservation of the rare species, endemic or threatened Mediterranean flora and the conservation of the natural habitats. We all learned a lot as we walked the grounds.
Traveling on a bike at night without a light was challenging. We traveled through the Turia Riverbed to our apartment so there were not any cars, but there were also times when there were not lit paths either. I have never biked so fast in all my life trying to keep up with Bobby. Surprisingly, the park was still bustling with activity as people exercised in the cool of the evening. Although I would have preferred to have a light, it was really fun to be out at night and experience a little of the night culture.