So let me take you on a walk with me. This is the lobby of my hotel:
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which is actually on the 4th floor of the building with a five story (why five and not four?--one level is underground) shopping mall underneath. This is the entrance to the hotel, on the roof of the mall:
As soon as you leave the hotel and get out on the street, you can see the City complex with the Palau Reina Sofía in the distance:
Looking back at the hotel/shopping mall complex Aqua:
The first buildings in the Ciutat that you come to are the L'Oceanogràphic on the left and the L'Àgora on the right. The former is an open-air oceanographic park, the largest aquarium in Europe, and consists of several buildings of which you can only see one in this photo:
Here is another one:
The Agora is an event centre and right now seems to be being renovated. Right next to it is a very unusual asymmetrical suspension bridge for cars that crosses over the Ciutat (which is built on the old riverbed of the Turia, which was diverted in the 1950s).
I didn't get a really good shot of it, but the next building is the Museu de les Ciències Príncipe Felipe, which is a very, very large science museum with a capacity of 10,000 people.
The Ciutat is large enough to have its own mileposts, though this one gives walking times to various buildings:
Here is a poster outside the science museum with a quote from my favorite philosopher, in Valencian:
I think that says that "Doubt is the beginning of knowledge." We are getting a bit closer to the Palau:
But the next building is actually L'Hemisphèric which is a planetarium and IMAX theatre in the shape of a giant eye:
The "eye" actually opens for showings, though I'm not sure how that works. There is a kind of amusement "ride" on one side of the Hemisphèric that consists of getting into a transparent plastic sphere, then floating around on the water. You fall down a lot:
Looking back, from here you can see the science museum on the left, the suspension bridge, the Agora and on the right another very large building, L'Umbracle, a really huge botanical garden that actually is the roof terrace to a parking garage.
I did not get a good photo of it as I couldn't get back enough, but here is one from the web: