miércoles, 27 de agosto de 2014

The Joining Bridge.

Pedestrian bridge (by Calatrava) that connects neighborhoods of Infante Juan Manuel and Vistabella over Segura river.
This bridge has been controversial. One of the biggest complaints is that the floor was glass and when it rained, it was very slippery, and several elderly people had accidents. That was solved by placing a "carpet", which takes a lot of beauty to the bridge.
Another perspective from 2012.

martes, 26 de agosto de 2014

The Empty City

During summer, the town is deserted. Although a few years ago, it was not very common to find people on the street during the month of August (people go to the beach, about 30-40 minutes away), especially, in the last 15 years I have observed that is not happened. I guess the economic changes, changes in lifestyle (both spouses have to work), have influenced.

lunes, 25 de agosto de 2014

Brown Bears

Pair of Iberian Brown Bears. This is the largest carnivore on the Iberian Peninsula (Spain), where it is in danger of extinction (about 120 specimens are distributed by the Cantabrian Mountains and the Pyrenees).
The photo was taken on Terra Natura Murcia, where several specimens were born.
Much more information on wikipedia.

domingo, 24 de agosto de 2014

Observatory

Bird observatory in the nature reserve of dunes and salt flats of San Pedro del Pinatar.

sábado, 23 de agosto de 2014

The Beastmaster

This is what can happen when you are part of the audience that is watching "The Birds of Prey show" at Terra Natura Murcia.
The title of this post could be The Beastmaster, Hawkman (there are two entries at wikipedia: 1 and 2) or Falconman, although I think that is an eagle.

lunes, 18 de agosto de 2014

Different Ways To Enjoy Summer: Cycling

Cycling summer. We often say that bicycles are for summer.
Background of cyclers: Las Salinas of San Pedro.

domingo, 17 de agosto de 2014

Different Ways To Enjoy Summer: Aquatic Sports

At Region of Murcia coast you have the Mediterranean sea, with a calm sea or with a waves sea. Also, Mar Menor coast with no waves because is just the bigger salt lagoon at Europe.
Image at Mediterranean sea: sufers: wind-surf, kite-surf.

sábado, 16 de agosto de 2014

Different Ways To Enjoy Summer: At A Lonely Beach

You can go early in the morning at the Mediterranean Region of Murcia coast or going to a cove of difficult access. Also, you will find some beautiful beaches at Mar Menor coast, but if you want to keep calm, early in the morning.

viernes, 15 de agosto de 2014

Different Ways To Enjoy Summer: At A Beach Bar.

During day or at night. Eating, drinking or just listening to music on the sand with a full moon lighting the Mediterranean sea.

jueves, 14 de agosto de 2014

Different Ways To Enjoy Summer: Learning On Animals.

Visiting a zoo or going to wild nature.
In the image: garza coronada (spanish) (in english could be crowned heron, but I'm not sure). At Terra Natura Murcia, a semi-open zoo.

miércoles, 13 de agosto de 2014

Different Ways To Enjoy Summer: Aquatic Parks.

A refreshing way and to release adrenaline.
Water slides at Aqua Natura (from Terra Natura Murcia, zoo and water park)

martes, 5 de agosto de 2014

Taking Off

Views from the Salinas (salt flats) of San Pedro, a plane taking off.
About this place: here.

lunes, 4 de agosto de 2014

Segura River Before Renovation

So is the river before arriving dredge machines. This photo is for comparison with the one I posted yesterday.

domingo, 3 de agosto de 2014

Segura River Under Renovation

For a year it will be performing the dredging section of the river basin, passing through the city of Murcia. It aims to lower the channel one meter, and remove accumulated sediments. This is intended to prevent flooding, and adapt this section to water activities.
Currently, sediment generated islets that have been colonized by wild fauna and flora. Environmentalists disagree with this work by the effect it will have on the ecosystem.
We'll see what will happen.
More photos of Segura River: islets; fishing;

viernes, 1 de agosto de 2014

August'14 Theme Day: Take Away Store

This is is not really a take away store, but it serves as take away: a coffe machine.
Here you can view thumbnails for all participants in that Theme Day of the CityDailyPhoto community.

miércoles, 30 de julio de 2014

Casino Main Entrance

This is the main entrance of the Casino of Murcia, a cultural club centre. About this building, here.
More amazing photos, here.
This monument (at Traperia street) can be visited. Indeed, is the civil building more visited.

martes, 29 de julio de 2014

The Guitar Became Man

Jimi Hendrix, an American who conquered the UK. He was a musician, who experimented with the music, among other things, finding new sounds.
This picture was taken a few nights ago inside a highly recommended pub: Atomic Café (Simon Garcia street, corner of Joaquin Costa street). Drinks and music live, DJ's sessions, ...

lunes, 28 de julio de 2014

The Birds (At St. Domingo Square)

They lurk us, as in the Hitchcock film, to stain our clothes or our hair.
Another image of the St. Domingo square with the facade of the church of St. Domingo. The place where the pigeons are perched, is a pergola that serves as protection for possible fallen branches of a centenary ficus.

domingo, 27 de julio de 2014

Spanish Women's Water Polo Team

Yesterday, the Spanish Women's Water Polo Team won the 2014 European Women's Water Polo Championship.
Two thumbs up for women's sport!
Picture: big screen at Thader mall to see sports events.

sábado, 26 de julio de 2014

Port Of Alicante

Picture of the port from our neighboring province of Alicante.

viernes, 25 de julio de 2014

Bell's Detail

Detail of one of the bells at the Cathedral Bell-Tower.

jueves, 24 de julio de 2014

Bell-Clapper

More views of the city of Murcia from the bell tower of the Cathedral. In the center of the image, Cerdá House. Below left, Trapería street that connects the Cathedral with Santo Domingo square.

miércoles, 23 de julio de 2014

Landscape And Bell

And now the belfry. The set of bronze bells are special for its loudness. And, not long ago, the bells governing the life of Murcia. They were heard throughout the orchard because not only warned of the time, even in the case of fire or flood, and of course ruled the irrigation batches. The bell tower has twenty bells, five on each side. The heaviest, Santa Ágata (St. Agatha), with 6,420 kilos (the sixth largest in the Spanish cathedrals); the most famous, San Victoriano (St. Victorian) (1,158 kilos) known as Nona, to mark the ninth hour (3 pm), other bells (in the bellfry there is a replica, while the original is in the museum of the Cathedral ): La Mora. It is one of the oldest in Spain, dating from 1383. It is also known as "spells", named after the enigmatic inscriptions containing.
Here, a picture few meters below.

lunes, 21 de julio de 2014

Arrival To The Top

This photo is very similar than yesterday, but there are several differences.
Although the spiral staircase is continuing, the following stairs and floor can not be visited.
In the end, we have reached the belfry.

domingo, 20 de julio de 2014

Spiral Staircase To The Top

The end of the route is near. A spiral staircase ascends to the belfry, last visited room in the tower. Only for the views, it has already paid off.

sábado, 19 de julio de 2014

Views From The Spells.

A few days after (I have had a very busy week), I continue with the visit to the top of the Cathedral Bell Tower.
Photo: From the last location we have this views. The Cardinal Belluga Square. On the left, Bishop's Palace. Next, Town Hall (back of the building). Following, Moneo's building (new Town Hall offices).

lunes, 14 de julio de 2014

Spells

Ramps above finally leads to the outside of the tower through the balcony of Conjuratorios (Spells). Opened to the four cardinal points, four little temples, crowned by images of Cartagena saints adorn each corner. It is a unique space that is not exist in other Spanish cathedrals, and full of history. Here, two canons climbed every time that threatened storm or flood risk existed. With Relic 'Lignum Crucis' in their hands, uttered a few psalms response as spell to rid Murcia, of foreseeable disaster. If, despite the prayers, the situation did not improve, then it was the bishop who climbed to deliver the emergency spell from a balcony  located on a ledge on the side facing the river.

domingo, 13 de julio de 2014

2nd Stop

Inside the tower, a square floor plan, it is possible to contemplate the succession of artistic styles. The structure has   several rooms. On the ramp seven is the file room, in process of cataloging, which holds hundreds of files and documents, including handwritten letters of Alfonso X "The Wise". Slightly above locates the room known as refugees, as it was the place where it was kept the treasure of the Cathedral to avoid floods. And over the clock room, which still retains the machinery of 1940. Now it is no longer necesary that the watchmaker climb every three days to wind because the clock is connected via satellite to the atomic clock of Berlin, which keeps it promptly on time. This room, where the ringer lived, is also known as the secret room. Because the vaulted ceiling gives it a special sound that is almost impossible to whisper a few words without being heard at the other corner of the room.
On the door to the clock room, following a tradition of the Middle Ages, a stonemason left, using the latest restoration, a message written on the wall 'inside this stone is my name in a bottle'.

sábado, 12 de julio de 2014

Stoping For Coming Up

Climbing to the bell tower of the Cathedral of Murcia, there are up to 4 stops at 4 rooms, each with its own history: the file room, clock room, ... In the clock room, the ringer had his bedroom. This room also has a secret due to the design of it (which I will not reveal: you have to make the visit).
Photo: from the first stop. Facade of entry the cross square.

viernes, 11 de julio de 2014

Up To The Cathedral Bell-Tower (Murcia)

Eighteen ramps, and 44 steps, take us to climb 95 meters high, the third highest tower of a cathedral in Spain. A walk that allows travel 400 years of the history of Murcia.
The tour lasts about an hour, with the help of a guide. Though the climb is no major complication, four stops are made before reaching the belfry.
It is a lesson in history of art from the Italian Renaissance to Neoclassicism, going through Baroque. The monument began to rise in 1519 and not finished until 1893 with wind vane. Nearly four centuries.