When we think that we can keep our coats, clouds have come and have done lower temperatures.
Image: Pedestrian Bridge Iron.
Iron Bridge (Puente de Hierro) is also called New Bridge (Puente Nuevo) because when it was opened to traffic in 1903 was the second bridge, over the Segura river, built after the Old Bridge (Puente Viejo).
In 2001 it was closed to traffic because it was not designed to support the current traffic. In 2003 it was reopened, and since then it is a pedestrian bridge.
It was built in 1900 by Society For Railway and Construction Material in Barcelona.
Sunbathing platform (woman sunbathing). Also for diving into the water. At Mar Menor.
Background: Mar Menor is an awesome place for aquatic sports as for sailing, with 170 sqkm. With an annual temperature average of 18ºC, This invites to go throughout the year.
Tribute sculpture to the Eagle Patrol (Patrulla Águila), on the 25th anniversary (2010) of its creation. At AGA (General Air Academy, in Spanish: Academia General del Aire), San Javier. It is very close to the beach of Mar Menor.
Detail of the tower of the Gran Hotel, made of zinc. Al the info about the time of this building, in a previous post.
"The building (owned by the wealthy miner and trader, Celestino Martinez Vidal) was commissioned to the architect Tomás Rico Valarino. Work began in 1907 under the direction of Tomás Rico, but up to the mezzanine Victor Beltrí assumed leadership and project work on the rest of the building, which is attributed to Victor Beltrí responsibility for the design of the building.
The building was already up, at least outwardly, in 1910, as indicated by the date of the vane. While working inside, in January 1911, D. Celestino Martinez Vidal died , so that the works had a considerable delay while the children clarified the complicated legacy of D. Celestino. On February 29, 1916 the grand hotel, considered at that time as the best in Spain was inaugurated." (Source: Wikipedia).
Grand Hotel: 100 years ago (February 29, 1916) this beautiful Modernist building was inaugurated.
The hotel advertising (at that time) could read: "It has a hundred spacious rooms, all exterior, fitted with all the advances of hygiene and comfort so far known in the best hotels in Europe and America."
Cartagena, besides by Carthaginians and Romans remains, is known for its Art Nouveau or Modernist buildings. This year, taking advantage of the centenary of the Grand Hotel, it is celebrating the "Year of Modernism".
Why are there so many Modernists buildings in Cartagena? "The historic center of Cartagena was seriously destroyed by the bombing of centralist troops during the cantonal revolution of 1873. It begins after this date the task of rebuilding the city. Match the end of the nineteenth century with an extraordinary boom in the exploitation of the Sierra mining Cartagena-La Union and origining, as a result of this activity, a powerful wealthy and willing bourgeoisie to show its strength and economic power through the architecture.
The city will be the subject of a profound change under the new urban and architectural ideas in vogue. The current configuration of the old town of Cartagena owes its appearance at this time: palaces, houses of the bourgeoisie, a new city hall, a railway station, factories and schools were erected in the new modernist style, with models that fundamentally inspired in the Catalan modernism.
In parallel, it was born the city of La Union, linked to the exploitation of mines, and keeping some important works of modernism in the Region of Murcia." (Source: Wikipedia)
Opposite the town hall of Cartagena, are these buildings. First, salmon colour, is the building of the Museum of the Roman Theatre , and gateway to see inside the Roman Theatre of Cartagena, which are accessed through a series of tunnels.
This image (how is framed) reminds me some buildings in north of Europa as Paris or Prague (more or less).
"Patacha", was a floating platform that housed the youth of the 40s featured a covered barges so the young ladies could swim taking care of the exquisite morality of the time.
The floating restaurant image occupies the same site as the platform, hence its name. Located at port of Cartagena.
The restaurant was built on a barge built in Seattle (USA), which was used for water storage in the Naval Station Rota. (Source: lapatacha.com)
The restaurant is open since 2006. Now I just need to come into to taste its cuisine. More about this restaurant, here (only Spanish).
The Enchanted City of Bolnuevo is considered a monument of Nature. It is a Natural Heritage of the Region of Murcia since 2007. They are also called the Bolnuevo loam or Gredas of Bolnuevo.
The enchanted city is made up of yellow clay, mostly sandstone. The clay, according to Francisco Serrano studies have provided abundant microfossils dating back to the early Pliocene, ie about 4.5 million years.
The rocks have undergone a process of erosion where water and wind have been key players in evolution. This has given rise to capricious forms of great beauty and that defy the laws of gravity.
Bolnuevo is located in Mazarrón, Region of Murcia.
Thera are a lot of activities during Spring Festivities.
For instance, the XXIX International Music Festival of Tunas Costa Cálida. It was held from March 28th to April 1st. There were tunas from Spain (Murcia, Granada, Valladolid, Madrid, León), Portugal, Colombia, Perú
*Tuna: it could be use "tuna minstrel" to have a meaning of this word. Tunas, also known as "estudiantinas" are groups of students (tunos) dressed in 17th century costumes who play guitars, lutes and tambourines and go serenading through the streets.
They also make appearance at weddings and parties singing traditional spanish songs.
There is not really a word on English about "tuna" or "tunas" (except for the fish). For instance, there is not a word on English for "mariachi".
Burial morning is a party through the streets of Murcia. The Sardineros go out giving gifts, especially to children. There is also a small parade, with lots of music. In the pictures you can see a marching band from Japan, another of Mexico. Other percussion groups from different cities (click to enlarge the image). At the end a crazy morning, to enjoy it, and to prepare for the big parade of the Burial of the Sardine (Entierro de la Sardina 2016), at night. With a final fire (a big sardine is burned), and fireworks.
The parade, in full, here.
The burning of the sardine, here (from 22 minutes)
Yesterday afternoon was held the Sardine Testament Parade. A colourist parade with music, dances, and gifts. Groups from Mexico, Japan, Portugal, Holland, and from many cities of Spain. This is great parade, but the biggest will be held tonight with a large parade: the Burial of the Sardine (Entierro de la Sardina), also colourist with music, dances and from Spain and foreign countries like Japan or Brazil. A million of people will see the tonight parade in live at Murcia.
More about this parade, visit labels Entiero de la Sardina, sardine, or burial.
Awesome Theme Day for April. I think that you could see awesome photos of all participants here.
It is a very creative theme day. Enjoy it!
Image: a few of shade in a sunny day (a few days ago) with this pine tree shadow at Bolnuevo beach (Mazarrón - Region of Murcia)
Fantastics beaches to visit also at Spring Festivities.
The whole week we are held Spring Festivities. Yesterday, Bando de la Huerta. Today, Murcian meat pie party.
Today was held the 8th Murcian Meat Pie Day (8º Dia del Pastel de Carne Murciano). 10000 murcian meat pies and beer for all people (free). How to made this murcian meat pie: here. Be careful: all people who taste it, they can't avoid to repeat to taste again.
Tomorrow, Murcia Spring Parade (or Flowers War). Also will start Sardine Fiesta since tomorrow till next Saturday, ...
We are in Murcia with Spring Festivities. This year, the children's parade of Bando de la Huerta was changed to Easter Sunday, instead of the Easter Monday (today). So, I have many photos. Tomorrow is the big day of the Bando de la Huerta, where the vast majority of Murcian, and visitors are going to wear traditional costumes, filling the city with colour. A great party to enjoy both locals and tourists. It is an open party for living, no doubt. You are invited to come and enjoy it.
We are in Easter Week since last friday, and I still had not published a photo.
One of the peculiarities of the Easter at Murcia, with respect to other Spanish cities, is the ability to give from the Murcian Nazarene.
"One of the main features that distinguishes the Easter in Murcia to the rest of those held in Spain, is handing out candy and gifts from the Nazarenes to the public who witnesses the penitential procession. A penitent in the ranks of courtship, can spread along the same, about ten or twelve kilos of candy. However, Nazarenes carrying imagery of scenes from the Bible, distribute fifty or sixty kilos during the procession.
This tradition has been developing for centuries without any historian has been able to realize what was the first Easter in which candies were delivered. There are several theories about the beginning of habit, of which two of them are as follows:
El Penitente, or nazareno row, candy delivery from reminiscing a medieval tradition by which the Church forced to restore the damage caused by faults committed in the course of public penance. The "sinner" take advantage of the anonymity of the penitential robe to deliver the goods offended those who believed appropriate in repentance." (Source: regmurcia.com)
Image: Murcian Nazarene giving candies to children. From Procession of Salzillos, Good Friday.
Father's Day in Spain. It is celebrated in Spain since 1948 when a teacher at a school in a poor neighborhood of Madrid, at the request of the fathers decided to honor the fathers having a party at school and giving to fathers handicrafts made by their children. That woman decided to hold the Feast of Saint Joseph, earthly father of Jesus (according to Christian tradition). Then it would add other schools, and from 1951 it became more or less nationwide (only at schools). But it was in 1953, when the owner of a department store made a national campaign and then became popular (and commercial) the idea of celebrating Father's Day.
Siguiendo la corriente de la comunidad CityDailyPhoto, me he propuesto dejar en este blog fotos de Murcia, como forma de mostrar al mundo qué joya de ciudad y de provincia tenemos. Agradecer al creador de ParisDailyPhoto su gran idea de mostrar la ciudad de uno mismo desde otro punto de vista. Following the tide of community CityDailyPhoto, I proposed to leave in this blog photos of Murcia, as a way to show to the world what a jewel of city and province we have. Thanks to the creator of ParisDailyPhoto for his great idea to show the city of oneself from another angle.
The Region of Murcia is located in the southeastern of Spain, between Andalusia (west), Castilla-La Mancha (North), Valencia (East) and the Mediterranean Sea (South).
The city of Murcia is the capital of the Region. Other major cities are: Cartagena, Lorca, Caravaca de la Cruz, Jumilla, Yecla, Bullas, Mazarrón, Aguilas ...