Now, unless you’re some crazy Jeopardy wiz, you probably have no idea what half of those names signify. Perhaps you’ll go look them up on Wikipedia (a divinely-inspired web site, I must say) to figure it out yourself, but most likely you’ll just glance over the list and not care quite enough to put the requisite energy into searching for answers. But my feet care. My feet have been there.
El Palacio del Marqués de Dos Aguas is a sumptuous place, with all the floors made of marble. It’s quite delicious to slip off your shoes and stand on the cool slabs while the museum monitors are looking the other way. It’s a breath of fresh air in an otherwise warm town, as cool and refreshing as the fountain next to Los Torres de Quart (I think these two towers used to be part of the old city wall). It’s heavenly to sit at this fountain and swing your feet through the quiet water, relaxing in the quiet of the small park. There are also the huge pools in front of el Museo de las Ciencias – the modern architecture of the expansive white buildings is quite different from the feel around the ancient Torres de Quart, but the water feels the same on your feet, sweet and refreshing, the perfect way to begin a whole day of wandering through countless exhibits, including one on the science behind super heroes and another on the futuristic science of Star Trek. (Oh wait! Let’s stop at this exhibit that measures how far our feet can jump!) Then there’s the Jardí Botanic, a lovely walled garden of several acres right in the middle of the city. Here, your feet can wander many different paths, taking you by all sorts of different trees, shrubs, and flowers. They can also take you to sit in shady nooks next to cool fountains, to relax until it’s time to head back out into the city, time to walk the streets once more.
At night, my feet got to rest, but in the morning it was up and off again, perhaps to some new location, perhaps to revisit familiar streets. When they finally stepped back over the hostel entrance at night (or early in the morning), they were always tired, but always happy – how could they not after visiting everything they had? So now I sit at my little desk in my little room, my feet underneath my chair, and they are no longer tired, but still happy.