Saturday, September 29, 2012

Valencia Trip- Part 2

So where we left off, I was on the coach going to the Botanical Gardens. We had only been on the coach for about 5 minutes when it came to a stop. I hadn't a clue where the Botanical Gardens were, but assumed it wouldn't be in the middle of the City. Then I saw the coach driver with a map and thought 'Uh Oh, we're lost.' However, a few minutes later we were told that the Botanical Gardens were just around the corner, so we all go off the coach. When we stopped, we were in front of a building which looked more like a Government building, rather than a tranquil garden. However, our tour guide went inside and we followed. To my surprise, we were transported to another place entirely.


 'The Botanical Gardens' of the University of Valencia, was founded in 1567. The Gardens were used for classes in Botany and also the Medicinal plants were was for studies in Medicine. During the 20th century the gardens fell into adandon, until a major restoration of the gardens which began in 1987. I can't many names of the plants we saw, only Palms and Cacti, but here are some photos:



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There were many people sitting on the benches in the garden,s enjoying the peace or reading a book. There was even an art class, drawing the plants in the garden. I couldn't think of a perfect place to chill out and get away from the noise of city.

Surprisingly, a group of cats were wandering the gardens too. They have been adopted and are cared for by the employees of the gardens. They are very well cared for and very friendly:

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One was so friendly, that he/she came to sit on my mum's lap! The rules of the Gardens state that you are not allowed to feed or stroke the cats, but it was hard not to, because the cats were so lovely (we saw a lot of people breaking the rules though).

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Here are some more photos, we even saw a man climbing a tree to saw a branch off:

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After a wonderful couple of hours it was time to leave. I would definitely go back to the Botanical Gardens and next time I visit Valencia, I'm going to be more prepared and find out where the shops are, before we leave!

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