2nd Sept Hot day’s walking

Yesterday I explored the old city and visited the Cathedral museum which is the repository for two major religions icon. The first was the Holy Grail, an alabaster cup reputed to be used by Christ at the last supper and a monstrance That is used at the feast of Corpus Christi. It is the largest in the world. I was glad I went early because when I left there was a queue! It was very interesting they also had a relic of the local Saint Vincent Martin which was his forearm and hand – quite well preserved. Mostly relics are just bones of some saint but this was pretty creepy with flesh.

The transept of the church was quite unique in shape and had alabaster windows. Another feature was the virgin in the chair. Pregnant women come to pray for a safe delivery by walking around the church 9 times.

After that I continued down the Plaza del Rei towards the post office to buy a box in which I will post my excess baggage! The street had lovely trees and fancy shops but one really caught my eye was A Lolly shop.

Named after my son Jonny?

It was very hot. I tooa stroll to the Turia gardens. This was the river but it has been diverted and the river bed made into playing fields and gardens. They are a delightful green space for the citizens of Valencia. Hot and weary I returned home to wait for my friends. As it happened they too suffered a delay departing and did not arrive until 9.30 pm. In the end we didn’t eat but went for a drink at a nearby restaurant bar. We just talked till midnight like the locals!

Looking across the Turia river gardens

Author: fleetfootkath

I am a keen walker and traveller. I love to explore and learn about new people, places and cultures with a sense of joy and gratitude for this fortunate life. I believe walking is a wonderful way to really connect with the present and the beauty of the world that surrounds us. It makes me happy.

3 thoughts on “2nd Sept Hot day’s walking”

  1. Hi Kath, Your remarks about the size of the monstrance caught my eye. Ten years ago a friend and I had almost a month in Andalusia and we decided that there was a bit of a competition among the local bishops and it went something like this: “My monstrance is bigger than your monstrance!” Good travels, Monty & Pete

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    1. I believe the premise behind the Cathedral in Seville was to make it the biggest in Europe so I think you are correct. I just thought it would be so heavy to carry around in the feast of Corpus Christie! I am really enjoying Valencia and it’s architecture.

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  2. Must have been so great to catch up with your walking companions Kathy. We are off Tuesday and desperate to go. so funny you are already sending stuff home!!

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