We typically don't have classes on Fridays, but because we missed Monday and Tuesday this week due to traveling, we had to attend our Monday classes. After class, my housemate and I set off to explore the newer part of Valencia. Marta (the daughter who lives with us) showed us a much more direct route into the downtown area than we've been taking, and it turns out it is only about a 25 minute walk! There are endless roads with all kinds of stores. I knew we were in the more upscale part of Valencia when I picked up a gorgeous pair of shorts that I am still thinking about and the price tag said 300 euros (about $400… Sigh). However, there is still a LOT more to see there, and I plan to go back and do some (less expensive) shopping soon.
I know I've said it a million times, but the city is so beautiful. The main part of the newer downtown area is La Plaza Del Ayuntamiento. There are palm trees everywhere, a big fountain, the city hall building, and a post office that you would think is a castle. My favorite part is all of the kiosks selling fresh flowers. They smell so good!!