Valencia Travel Blog› entry 23 of 42 › view all entries
after finally getting to my hostel in valencia and taking a much needed nap, i headed out for a walking tour of valencia. it was very informative! i retained a lot more than i expected too - which i was very proud of! plus it was a great way to get to know the city (which i had previously not known much about), and a good way to get your bearings directions wise. my tour guide was jonny fitzpatrick - who is not from ireland by the way! he´s very stern about that. he´s from liverpool and sounds just the tiniest bit irish upon first hearing him, but nope don´t confuse him for the irish! it ended up just him and i after a while as it started out only three of us on the tour, and the other two had to leave early to catch a train, so yay for my own personal tour guide! he was very entertaining and made learning fun! lol.
i found some lunch and decided to do my own walking tour of the city and stopped in the cathedral where i found - drum roll please - the holy grail! seriously! valencia´s cathedral has the only chalice currently recognized as the holy grail by the catholic church. so take that robert langdon and monty python! i found the real thing, and it wasn´t some silly story about a bloodline and jesus´s kid or some baloney yada yada... (p.s. i found angels and demons is faaar better than the da vinci code...) it was really cool, although hard to believe, to see this holy grail that´s been talked about for so long. and then people would say it was just a myth... i say it´s hard to believe because let´s be honest, how could anyone ever confirm an artifact like that?? it´s madness.
while at the cathdral i hiked up to the top of the migulete bell tower for great views of the city. i could see all the way out to the beaches i´m pretty sure. met some nice random italians from rome. we chatted for a bit, took pictures together for the heck of it, and then moved on. oh! the cathedral also houses the ´withered left arm´of st. vincent! real or not i don´t know, but it did look old and gross! gotta say it´s been one of the coolest cathedral visits thus far!
after visiting the museo de bellas artes i went home for dinner and to get ready for a pub crawl! in all the hostels i´ve stayed in i´ve never done a pub crawl, but seeing as the walking tour was a success and the pub crawl was by the same group of people, i decided why not.