I was driving to Alicante now, along the way I had passed numerous villages and towns, Guadix, Baza, Lorca, Alhama de Murcia and Murcia to name few. One thing which I found strange on outskirts of Granada was that the olive trees were in much lesser numbers. Then dark clouds were hovering on the sky. I could see lighting in the far distant; the weather was changing very fast. Then it started to drizzle, it was a welcome change. I was entering Spain now after visiting Al-Andalus in my own mind, I had created a boundary.
Santa Barbara Castle
Before, I could reach Alicante; I entered the details of the Castle of Santa Barbara in GPS. I took a wrong turn on a roundabout and went to the wrong side of the road. I couldn’t turn back because it was a one way street. I took another turn, reversed the car and came to the opposite side of the road. I came back on the roundabout once more and took the correct exit.
Then car was moving upwards, when I entered the car park, it was full. I drove around to find a parking space but there wasn’t any. Then I saw a guy, he had car keys in his hand. I waited on one side so he could take his car out. Then I parked the car on the exact same spot. Then I stated to walk upstairs, when I reached at the top of the castle. It was very busy there. The clouds were still there but it wasn’t raining but it was becoming darker and darker by the minute. There were beautiful mountains on the far side of the city and lighting was flashing above them. Some of the people, who had brought children with them, decided to leave. The breeze pick up as well. There were two pretty girls standing there, they looked like sisters. They asked me if I could their pictures together. I had no objection to it. One of them was around twenty two or twenty three, she was very pretty and I mean pretty by any standards.
Santa Barbara Castle is a medieval fortress on top of Mount Benacantil. It dominates the city and constitutes a landmark that is seen from far away. The castle site as seen today was established by the Muslim, although earlier remains have been found at the site. Artefacts from as early as the Bronze Age and Roman Empire have been unearthed here. Alfonso X and his Castilian forces recaptured the site on the feast day of Saint Barbara and so for this reason it was named Santa Barbara Castle.
The castle's three enclosures are built on differing levels on the bare rock. Each holds a unique feature: the upper is the original medieval fortress enclosing the ancient Torreta (turret), the medieval walls and the King's Bastion. The middle is from the Bourbon era and encompasses important rooms such as Hall of Nobles, Room of Phillip II, the Queen's Bastion and the Troops Wings'. The lower is an eighteenth century rampart used today as a car park. Most of the original Arabic architecture is hard to distinguish due to medieval conversions. Of the oldest features, the barracks, tower and walls remain. Cannons used by the most recent inhabitants were left behind when the castle was deserted in 1852.
More recent additions to the castle include some creative bronze sculptures and Ereta Park on the gentle slopes behind and to the North of the castle. The Museo de Alicante is spread in different rooms over the castle: the Engineers Hall, the Former Hospital, the Long Room and the Mine Rooms or English Caves. La Cara del Moro ("The Moor's Face”) is a characteristic image of Alicante. When one looks at Mount Benacantil from the beach, it looks like a human face.
A stiff breeze and odd few drops of rain kept playing with each other for nearly half an hour. Then came the real rain and I mean rain it started like cats and dogs. Everyone ran for the cover, I managed to stay under an arch; there were few people there, including the two girls. They were in their summer dress and rain drops were kissing their skin. Then there was also an older lady with them as well. At looking at her face, I would say that she was their mother. Now rain got heavier because there was wind as well so it became difficult to stay under the arch.
I ran out of the hiding place and straight to the room on the opposite side, soon after me, everyone followed. When I looked back at the arch, there was only a couple standing there. The man tried to step outside but then he moved back, he was waiting for the right moment to go for the run (may be when Mrs wasn't looking at him, he wanted to run). Then rain started to slow down a little bit and I came out of the room and walked down hill, it was still drizzling. There was a restaurant on my left hand side and by the looks of it, it was closed already or everyone went into hiding.
Then I came down after passing a sculpture on the left, on right hand side was a bride and groom, busy in photo shoot. The girl had bunch of flowers in her hand and both were being photographed. I walked to the left side and there was an exhibition in one of the rooms. When I came out of the room, I walked beside a hallway there was another bride standing there with her family, maybe she was there for the photos as well. I would say it was a perfect place to snap memorable photos.
I came to the car park and entered hotel address in the GPS and I was heading to the hotel for the night. After reaching the hotel, I parked the car close to the reception and came inside to check in. I was given a room on first floor. It wasn’t the best hotel room but I was in no mood to complain. I skipped dinner that night due to tiredness, it wasn’t a good thing to do but I fall in sleep so fast.
Next Morning I woke up early after breakfast I came out of the hotel. There was a big building or few buildings joined together in front of the hotel. They had lots of apartments in them. It was blocking the view of the ocean and it was one massive concrete block planted on a nature's beauty spot. I took a small door and which led to stairs and I came down to Avenue Benidorm and walked to the beach. There was a small grocery shop on my left hand side, and an old English man was talking to the shopkeeper with an English newspaper in his hand.
It was all quiet and peaceful on the beach, I didn’t have any intention to swim or bath or sun bath. I just wanted to have a look around the beach. There were few people jogging there, then I saw a couple coming from the opposite side, while they were running, they were waving too. I thought, maybe, they were calling someone on the far side, but no, I was wrong. They were moving their arms while running, may be a quicker way to burn those extra calories, while on holidays. From looking at their physique, I could guess safely that it was their first week of exercise; even I would dare to say that it could be their first day of the exercise?
The beach was full of tall buildings, probably they were there to accommodate holiday goers, on the far side of the beach, a machine was working on sand, and it was picking up rubbish and top of that it was ploughing as well. Then I came back to the hotel and after the breakfast I checked out within half an hour. Now I was driving to Valencia. It was the greenest part of Spain I had seen so far. From time to time I would see groves of oranges were replaced by ocean on the right hand side.
I was getting closer to the Valencia Science Park. I came on a roundabout and then searched for car park sign, I didn’t see any sign. I was unable to stop the car because it was busy there. So I turned right and I took two more rights and I was back on the same roundabout once more. Now I was driving slowly and looking around more carefully. I saw a sign going to one side into the basement. I stopped the car in front of the sign but attendant told me that car park was only for the coaches. I had to driver further 400 meters and then I could park on the other side of the complex. After driving for couple of minutes, I saw a sign for the car park on right hand sign and parked the car in the basement. I came out of the underground car park and now I had to look for the L’Ocean graphic building. Opposite the car park was El Museu de les Ciències Príncipe Felipe.I crossed the main road and Agora was on my left hand side. Next to it was the beautiful buildings of modern design called La Ocean graphic. The Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias is a 350,000 sq. m leisure space that focuses on three main themes; art, science and nature. As well as the Oceanographic the site also includes the Hemispheric, the Museo de las Ciencias Principe Felipe, the Umbracle and the Palau de les Arts Reina Sofia. While I was walking towards the building, in front of me was a girl, who was smoking a cigarette, she passed beside a small puddle of water and she threw cigarette in there without a care in the world. It wasn’t the best thing to do while there were bins everywhere, but who am I to judge in someone else's country?
I entered the building through a gate on the left hand side; there was a long queue already for the ticket. I was in the queue for twenty minutes or so and I looked back and queue had swelled so much that people were queuing outside the gate, on the footpath.
Close to the ticket windows, the queue was divided into two sections, it was hard to tell what was for what because there were no sign to guide and it was a total chaos. I had been in the queue for nearly 45 minutes and judging by the pace of the queue, I would be another 45 minutes before, I could get my ticket Then a guy and a girl came over and told people to follow them, they broke the queue four or five people in front of me and advised use to go to the entry door of the building. Everyone paid at the entry point in order to save the time and it worked. So they almost halved the people but those who were coming with the tickets in their hands still had to join another queue to show the ticket and then get access to the building, now queue was much smaller but by no means it was moving fast.
La Ocean Graphic
It has more than 45,000 examples of 500 different marine species - amongst which can be found sharks, Beluga whales, walruses, sea lions, penguins and manta rays - inhabit nine underwater towers that, structured in two levels, represent the most emblematic ecosystems of the planet.
The oceanographic park, created as a great leisure, training and research centre, is structured into ten great areas. The marine areas reflect the Mediterranean habitats, the polar oceans - the Arctic and the Antarctic, the islands, the tropical seas, the temperate seas and the Red Sea. Moreover, the park also has a spectacular dolphinarium, an auditorium - within which one can find the Red Sea aquarium - with an area for the mangrove swamps and another for the marshlands, and different garden areas, with more than 80 different plant species.
The Aquarium at the City of the Arts and Sciences is made up of different buildings, each one identified with one of our planet's seas and oceans, and housing the exhibitions of the most typical environments and ecosystems. The spectacular circular entrance building with its 26 metre glass walls was designed by the architect Félix Candela.
Tropical and sub-tropical environments of the Mangrove Swamps and the Mediterranean Marshes.
Temperate and Tropical
Exhibitions: Sea turtles, The seaweed Kelp Forests, The Izu Peninsula in Japan, The Seal Exhibition, The Aquarium of the Senses, The Passage across the Atlantic Ocean and the Oval Room representing the Tropical Zones as the Indo-Pacific and the Caribbean.
This aquarium represents an imaginary journey across the Atlantic Ocean from the West coast (Bermuda) to the East coast (The Canaries).
Walruses and Belugas exhibition.
A colony of Humboldt Penguins stars in this exhibition.
Colonies of Patagonian Sea Lions.
Red sea - Underwater auditorium
This is the name given to the large room with the roof shaped like a "pilgrim shell". It contains an auditorium whose backdrop is a spectacular aquarium representing the Red Sea. The auditorium has seating for 440 and the exhibition includes a demonstration where divers feed the animals in the aquarium.
In the centre of the Park is the Aquarium's flagship building, with its unique lily-shaped roof designed by Felix Candela. The lower floor houses a large aquarium that is visible on all sides. The upper floor of the building, like an island, is surrounded by a lake and acts as a hub that connects the different themed buildings. There is a colony of flamingos on an island near the Underwater Restaurant. This incomparable setting allows visitors to observe the breeding areas of these spectacular-looking birds.
The dolphinarium of the Oceanography, with a total of five pools, is the largest of its kind in Europe. Here one may sit back and observe the magnificent dolphins display their ability and intelligence during a stunning exhibition. The dolphinarium contains some 23 million lifters of water, it can seat 2,210 people. The pools hold mules dolphins.
The Dolphin show was to start at 2:30pm. So I rushed there and announcements were made in Spanish for the volunteer, many people wanted it but they picked up the lucky one. The show was brilliant involving different acrobats from the dolphins and the trainers.
Then I came to the underground restaurant, I asked if could eat there but I was told that I needed to book in advance in order to eat there. I asked the girl at the door if there was any chance of getting a cancellation, she told me it wasn’t and they were extremely busy.
Then I came to the science Museum, which was on the opposite side. The building had very unique design. There were lots of teenagers inside playing or experimenting with stuff on display. It was an enormous long structure with 3 Floors of ultra-interactive science material on topics like electricity, physical laws, lasers, human body, sport sciences, sound, lights, planetarium, and many others. Some stuff is purely fun, other takes good brain work, all of it is fascinating. Unlike in other museums, the rules here are - pull, push, touch, and twist. Most of the exhibition is permanent, with a couple of rotating temporary sections.
Payment for the car park
After spending some time in the Science Museum, I decided to leave and walked to the car park. I had to pay for the parking and once inside the car park, I looked around but didn’t find any pay station. I though, may be I had to pay at the exit. So I drove out the car. It was driving out of the car park onto a road which was higher than one floor. I stopped the car there but there was no sign of payment and barrier was in front of me. I couldn’t go back because there were more cars behind me, so I pressed the help button and the guy on the other side of the mic spoke in Spanish which I didn’t understand. I tried to explain him but he didn’t understand English, I thought it was going to get complicated but then barrier opened. I waited on the other side of the road, in case someone would come to collect the money or speak to me but it never happened.
Now, I was driving out of the city, on my right hand side was a small road, a guy with a beard came from that road with fast speed and didn’t look at the car coming from the main road, which I was driving. He almost ran into me but I moved the car very quickly to the left side, luckily there was no traffic in that lane otherwise it would have been disaster. I beeped at him to register my displeasure at him and he raised his hand to apologise and he looked genuinely embarrassed.
I took motorway from there but before I could take motorway I had to take a ticket. I stopped along the way on a petrol station to buy some fuel for the car and the driver. When I reached closer to the end of the motorway, I had to pay for the usage of the road. It came to staggering 34 Euros. I thought that was atrocious to charge that amount of money. The car had only taken diesel for thirty Euros to reach Barcelona. But they guy on the counter only managed to say “sorry senor, tax”. I knew it was a tax for somebody from somebody (my pocket) but it was very dear.
Arrival in Barcelona
I was getting closer to the city and the traffic had picked up. I reached to one particular point where traffic had come to standstill. I was stuck there for half an hour and only managed to do 300 meters. It took fifty minutes for me to come on a main road, but before I joined the road I saw a collision between two cars on the side and some parts of the road were blocked off by the police.
I reached Nadeem’s apartment at 9:50pm, and stopped at the front of the building. I had texted him few minutes ago that I was already in Barcelona (while I was stuck in traffic). He was waiting outside the main door. After customer welcome tea, we decide to go for dinner and Nadeem brought me to a restaurant which was serving Spanish food but the owner was Pakistani. The chef came out and asked me what to eat. I told him that I would try his signature dish. Well, it doesn’t get bigger than Spanish Paella, when you are in Spain, does it? Paella, rice and saffron cooked together. Its’ national dish of Spain but this dish may have been originated in Iran and during the Muslim rule in Spain it was brought to the Andalus. One could argue that similar dish in Pakistan and India called pilau. This dish though with little difference in name is also popular in Turkey, the Middle East and the Balkans as well. Putting everything together, I could say safely that paella wouldn’t be the dish of Spanish origin, in the same fashion as curry would do in England.
I met a guy in the restaurant, who was studying the history of the Muslims in some university but to support himself, he was working as a waiter. After the dinner, I walked beside the street and saw an elderly lady begging. She had a British accent and strangely enough, she was begging for food not money. I wondered, what had brought her to that stage?
Then a guy bumped into me, he was my high school friend Tariq, which I haven’t seen for at least sixteen years. I recognised him but he was unable to recognise me. After talking to him for few minutes, he recognised me. He told me that he had come to study in Holland but good luck or bad luck had brought him to Barcelona.
By the time, I came back to the apartment, it was late. Then myself and Nadeem were taking about worldly matters and by the time it hit pillow, it was close to 4am. I knew, it was going to be a late start tomorrow.
Next Morning (Barcelona standards), after waking up I wrote my diary then decided to visit the Familiya Sagrada. It was decided to take metro and leave the car on the street. When I reached the Familia Sagrada, it was very busy there and queue had snaked into few twists. I looked at the watch and the queue and did a simply calculation. It was wise for me not to go inside because I was going to lose lots of time in the queue. I was hoping to do visit more monuments but it was going to be proved that I was wrong.
About the building
The church of La Sagrada Família is a work on a grand scale which was begun on 19 March 1882 from a project by the diocesan architect Francisco de Paula del Villar (1828-1901). At the end of 1883 Gaudi was commissioned to carry on the works, a task which he did not abandon until his death in 1926. Since then different architects have continued the work after his original idea.
The building is in the centre of Barcelona, and over the years it has become one of the most universal signs of identity of the city and the country. It is visited by millions of people every year and many more study its architectural and religious content. The church is such a huge size, so they often referred it as "cathedral", but without having a bishop's seat. Pope Benedict XVI. inaugurates the Sagrada Familia on November 7, 2010. The church building is raised to a basilica.
It has always been an expiatory church, which means that since the outset, 131 years ago now; it has been built from donations. Gaudi himself said: "The expiatory church of La Sagrada Família is made by the people and is mirrored in them. It is a work that is in the hands of God and the will of the people." The building is still going on and could be finished sometime in the first third of the 21st century.
I needed to buy an adopter for the camera charger, the last one I had was left behind in the last hotel, where I had stayed. It was Sunday so there were not many shops open but we managed to find one. Then Nadeem pleaded that he needed coffee (another one), so he could continue the arduous journey with me. We sat outside in one of the café, which was almost opposite to the Familia Sagrada, where Nadeem was enjoying his coffee and I was staring at the crowd.
Then we took a taxi and came to the Picasso Museum, which was located inside Carrer de Montcada Street. It was the older part of the city and it was relatively quiet. There were few people in the queue but unlike the queue in Valencia, this one was moving with swift speed and it was way smaller.
Pablo Picasso, one of the most famous artists of the 20th Century, spent a few years of his youth in Barcelona. Relatively late in April 1963 the city of Barcelona opened the Picasso Museum. The museum is located in the Barri Gòtic <http://barcelona.de/en/barcelona-gothic-district-barri-gotic.html>. The reason for the founding of the museum was a large collection of works that Jaime Sabatés - former secretary and friend of Picasso - devoted to the city. For this purpose, the Palacio de Berenguer d'Aguilar - an old city palace from the 15th Century - turned into a museum.
An eye-catcher is the famous ancient courtyards of the palace. In the museum especially the youth works by Picasso can be visited, which is from 1895 to 1904. The collection also includes works from later period’s creation, as the series "Las Meninas", which is influenced by Velázquez. Some works were previously in various museums in the city and were collected for the museum. The surrounding houses were gradually attached in the museum to make place for many exhibits of Picasso's.
Pablo Picasso studied in Barcelona in the prestigious art academy "La Lonja" in which his father was a professor. Thanks to his outstanding achievements, he was able to skip some classes. During this time Picasso met many artists with whom he made contact. Many of the artists, who met him, treated him as a great artist. Picasso's success story began thus in Barcelona.
The most famous painting of Picasso "La Guernica" is not the Picasso Museum in Barcelona, but in Madrid in Museum National Centro de Arte Reina Sofia.
A trip outside Barcelona
Now Nadeem wanted to show me one of the most beautiful villages of Barcelona. I agreed with him because he was my unofficial guide now. We came back to his apartment and took the car and drove out. Before joining the motorway, he paid the tax (generously) and our destination was Moia village.
This village was located into hilly area and it was green everywhere. We went into a restaurant and Nadeem knew the owner and we had little chit chat after the lunch made of pizzas, we came back to Barcelona. I was thinking it was going to be a quick drive out of the city but it had consumed most of the day. By the time, we were back Barcelona city; it was getting dark so I decided to drop the car at the airport. I had my booking for the car till mid-day tomorrow but I wanted to get it done. Nadeem picked up his jeep and I followed him to the El Prat Airport Barcelona.
I brought the car to the company’s car park and it was checked by a staff member there and he charged me for the remaining balance and then we were heading back to the city. On the way back, Nadeem received a call from Tariq and he was insisting that I should have dinner with him. I told him that I was very busy and little time was left but he wasn’t ready to give in. I told him that I would meet him tomorrow Evening. When we arrived at the apartment, Altaaf (A friend of Nadeem) wanted us to go for dinner with him. I wasn’t that hungry but he wanted to bring us to a restaurant at any cost. We went to a nearby restaurant called Qortoba (Cordoba). It was a busy restaurant; food was nice because I had pizza very late in the afternoon so there wasn’t enough space for dinner.
On the way back, I saw few groups of the Moroccan youths standing in a circle, they were scanning the passers-by for whatever the reasons.
Following Morning, I decided or to visit Gaudi Park. We drove to area but the car park was full and we couldn’t find any space, we drove out and came to a small car park on a hill adjacent to the Gaudi Park. After driving for few minutes, we managed to find a space. Then we took stairs to come down. There was a cafe in front of us and Nadeem couldn’t resist the temptation. He went for his usual strong coffee and I settled for Latte.
Then we walked to the Gaudi Pak, it was full of crowd. I saw a guy who was sitting on chair with his head missing (hidden inside the shirt). Lots of tourists were taking his photos. Nadeem came up with a plan; he put a coin in the box and told me to get near to the headless person for the photo shoot. It was my very first experience with a headless person. The guy got up and grabbed my hand, it was too close for my comfort (remember, the guy has no head).
In one part of the park, I saw few guys selling memorabilia. They had spread a piece of cloth on the floor and displayed their wares on top of it. I bought a lizard from one of them. There was a couple next to one of the guys, and they were bargaining for the price of a large lizard. They wanted to pay the price of a small lizard but wanted the large one but deal was never reached. Then all of sudden, the guys wrapped up their clothes and ran away. I wondered, what had happened to them.
I saw a police car on one side of the area and that had made sellers disappeared. Few minutes later, two more police cars arrived. The explanation was that police came to arrest those guys (sellers) and they ran for their safety. The little I knew that it was illegal to sell stuff in the park. Then we walked on top of a small hill. Before the steps, there were more those illegal sellers (safe to use the terms).
This popular park started out as a development project. Eusebi Güell, a well-known Catalan industrialist, acquired a 17 hectare (42 acres) large hilly plot in the Gràcia district, north of Barcelona. He wanted to turn the area into a residential garden village based on English models, 60 Housing units as well as several public buildings were planned.
In 1900 Güell commissioned his friend and protégé Antoni Gaudi with the development of the project. With the support from other architects including Josep M. Jujol and his disciple Francesc Berenguer, Gaudi worked on the garden village until 1914 when it was clear the project was a commercial failure: Güell failed to sell a single house.
In 1918 the city acquired the property and in 1922 it was opened to the public as a park. Two houses were completed as well as pavilions for visitors and park keepers. The pavilions, designed by Gaudi, seem to be taken out of Hansel and Gretel, with curved roofs covered with brightly colored tiles and ornamented spires. The staircase at the entrance of the park is also designed by Gaudi. The dragon-like lizard at the centre of the with trencadis-ceramics decorated staircase is the best known symbol of the park.
A connecting flight of stairs leads to another famous feature of the park: the Gran Placa Circular. Originally intended as a market place for the residents, this plaza is bordered by what was known as the world's longest bench. The colourful ceramic serpentine bench, designed by Jujol, twists snakelike around the plaza. The view from the plaza is spectacular, you can see as far as the Mediterranean Sea. The whole platform is supported by 86 huge columns, creating a hall beneath the plaza, known as the Sala Hipòstila.
The Olympic Stadium
Then I came to the Olympic stadium, which had held the Barcelona Olympics of 1992. It had statue of hanging whale outside the building. Barcelona's Olympic Stadium, the Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys, was used for the 1992 Olympic Games. The centrepiece of Barcelona’s Olympic Ring, it is located on the hill of Montjuic. The stadium features in our list of Barcelona's Most Controversial Buildings <http://gospain.about.com/od/barcelon1/tp/controversial-buildings-barcelona.htm>.
The stadium was designed by local architect Pere Domenèch i Roura and inaugurated during the 1929 International Exposition. After being used as a football stadium and a motor racing paddock for intervening years, it was chosen as the flagship stadium for the 1992 Olympics and renovated by Italian architect Vittorio Gregotti. It was also RCD Espanyol's football stadium between 1997 and 2007. The stadium now holds 57000 and is still used for sporting and cultural events.
Palau Sant Jordi
This futuristic stadium is an extremely popular venue for concerts, indoor athletics and swimming events. It holds a capacity of 24000 and was designed by award-winning architect Arata Isozaki.
Montjuic Telecommunications Tower
Also in the Olympic Ring and worth catching is Santiago Calatrava's impossibly elegant Montjuic Communications Tower, which is an abstract depiction of an athlete holding the Olympic torch. It features a Gaudiesque touch with its trencadi effect of broken tiles. Then we came to the Mountjoi, it was a small hill overlooking the city. The Parc de Montjuic is located in the Sants neighbourhood and it occupies a vast swathe of the imposing hill overlooking the port, offering a plethora of green areas and gardens, museums and cultural attractions, sports facilities and Olympic sites.
Then we came to the Olympic Port. That area was full of expensive cars and I saw a homeless person sleeping on a bench with face covered in a jacket. There was a Statue of Christopher Columbus, a 60 meters high column; it was put up for the universal exposition of 1888 in homage to the famous explorer. It was constructed for the Exposición Universal de Barcelona and is located at the site where Columbus returned to Spain after his first voyage to the Americas. The monument serves as a reminder that Barcelona is where Christopher Columbus reported to Queen Isabella and Ferdinand after Columbus' most famous trip.
The statue was sculpted by Rafael Atché and is said to depict Columbus pointing towards the New World with his right hand, while holding a scroll in the left. As it was sited, instead of pointing to the west towards the New World, the statue points east towards Columbus's supposed home city of Genoa.
There was King's Palace on one side of the statue. And the area in front of the palace was used to host open air concerts from time to time.
Then we came to the area which was home of Agbar Tower. The new headquarters for Aguas de Barcelona (Agbar), the municipal water company, Torre Agbar rises into the sky at 34 stories tall and 142 meters (466 feet) in height.
While Nadeem was dealing with his boss. I came out on the footpath to have a look around. In the Evening, I met Tariq as promised yesterday. We had Spanish dish made of king prawns.