After a few eventful days in Madrid, the three set out toward Valencia. Out of the country, one begins to get the feeling that the clocks tick more slowly out here. After the Turia River flooded half of the city at the end of the 1950s, the river was diverted out of the city and the riverbed dried out. Today the countryside surrounding Valencia is irrigated by the Turia’s numerous tributaries, creating a flourishing agricultural industry. Its name is simplicity itself: Huerta – vegetable garden. Where the Turia once ran through the city is now a leisure park with the futuristic buildings of the “Ciudad de las Artes y Ciencias”. Valencia is a city of contrasts. Green oases and metropolitan flair, modern architecture and historical romance, city and seaside vacation.