A first visit for the Saga Sapphire and Castellon did us proud!
We "jumped" ship quite early but there was (apparently) an
excellent reception on board with exchanges of plaques etc. Castellon
had laid on a welcome of tables for we folk going ashore with maps,
bags, brochures and refreshments - all for nothing - and it was appreciated.
First trip ashore we got the shuttle bus to Independence Place
La Farola in Independence Place. Not
too inspiring but nice buildings behind it.
and walked around Ribalta
Park. Very pleasant and contains the Pergola
La Pergola in Ribalta Park.
I'm a real traditionalist
so do not have a problem with Bull Fighting (part of Spain's heritage)
and so was pleased to see a "statue" of a bull and
the old Bull Ring next to the park.
Then we had a look in El Corte Ingles Department
Store. I've just looked it up and find that it is the biggest Department
Store Group in Europe and the fourth biggest in the World. I never knew!
Anyway, time to get Edna back to the Ship.
Went out later, on my own, for a swift walk around the City. Very happy
that I did. Started at Independence Place again but went the other way
towards the old Town. Plaza Mayor, what a lovely Square. The Town Hall,
the Co-Cathedral, the Market, the Bell Tower a fountain and another
building which I have not been able to identify (too much in the Square!).
The Town Hall and the Co-Cathedral of Santa
The Central Market and ? Is it a Museum?
The Bell Tower (El Fadri - the bachelor)
Then a casual walk back
to the Ship via Plaza Santa Clara and Plaza de La Paz.
Homage to Castellon and the Real Casino Antiguo
Also saw rather an unusual
statue which appears to be in Honour of the Cordeliers, a populist club
during the French Revolution! Perhaps I'm wrong.
Saw several other statues
around the town and took photos of just a few of them.