Tuesday, 31 March, 2015:
Thursday, April 2, 2015
Spring Break in Alicante, Day I
Tuesday, 31 March, 2015:
Lots of fun the last few days and we've been off line and pretty much out of communication with the outside world as I left my computer at La Hacienda on purpose and my iPhone as well by accident.
That could only mean one thing, Spring Break at a beach city!
Aboard the train to Alicante
At the end of January I ventured to Alicante by myself on one of my Travel Thursdays and really enjoyed this city and it's beaches by the Mediterranean Sea. I promised Laurie that when she came to Spain and the weather was a bit warmer, we would visit Alicante for a few days.
Well it has been hot in the South of Spain for a few days and it is Easter Week, so it was time.
Also, with all of the pageantry of Semana Santa in Spain and the fact that there are no Serie B games scheduled because of the upcoming Easter weekend, I had decided to give the Senior Cobras the week off the recharge ourselves both physically and mentally before facing the 6-0 Reus Imperials on April 12th.
The round trip train tickets for the 50 mile journey for the two of us cost a mere 13.80 Euros. When you consider that gasoline currently costs about 5.00 Euros/gallon and that we would have had to rent a car, the train was a fantastic option.
From the Alicante Train Station, we strolled along the Avenida Alfonso X el Sabio to our well located new abode, the La Milagrosa Bed and Breakfast.
There were lots of good things to see along this grand boulevard in Alicante.
Unguents for sale that cure EVERYTHING!
Alicante's Mercado Central
FIVE Centuries old
If you are a long suffering fan of this blog, you know that, as a fat guy, I'm a sucker for any and all of these fabulous European marketplaces.
They have Fruits,
Semana Santa Penitent Suckers,
Semana Santa Penitent Cookies,
and Marinated Peppers
Of course, they also have some off-beat delicacies too.
All it needs is those cartoon Xs over each eye to be perfect.
and Pig Snouts
It all worked for me and we even bought a few goodies to consume later by the Med.
We continued our walk . . .
Our son Michael qualifies
Hey, we beat the Zaragoza Hornets
just last Sunday
The Reus Imperials in a week are a whole different set of problems for us though.
Sensible shoes on cobbled streets
The Holy Family is BIG in Alicante
Since 1492? That's a LONG time ago!
Is that a church over there?
No, it is the Concatedral de San Nicolas!
The two Pasos on the left were being
prepped for tonight's Procesión
This will be a part of the Procesión
As will these and . . .
Shadow in the Concatedral's Courtyard
Riches in the Concatedral's Museo
LOTS of treasures
The Devil with St. Michael the Archangel
applying pressure on his back
After leaving the Concatedral, we continued towards our B&B but we still had a few important stops to make.
The THIRD best ice cream store in Spain
This title was bestowed because of a national ice cream contest a few years ago. Numbers one and two are both in Barcelona, so this one is the best ice creamery in Alicante.
We loved it and now must book a trip to Barcelona to contrast and compare!
We do play the Búfals in Barcelona on April 19th in our regular season finale so the opportunity is there.
That's the Med just two blocks away
A Dalí in the Ayuntamiento
Laurie's outfit matches these
This is our B&B's street
It used to be the Main Street of
Just across from La Milagrosa B&B
Our new home for two nights
La Milagrosa was clean, neat, 35 Euros a night (THANK YOU Venere.com) and only two blocks from the Mediterranean Sea!
Our B&B was just 20 meters from the
Basilica de Santa Maria and . . .
. . . across the way from Alicante's
Contemporary Art Museun, the MACA
All of these things were of interest to be sure, but our primary reason for visiting Alicante was just a five minute walk from our B&B.
The Playa del Postiguet
The view from our spot on the playa
Mega-grape from El Mercado Central
Sangria from a beach vendor
Wondrous sights everywhere
After three hours of Sun and sea, we opted to not overdue it and go exploring some more.
Beach side sculpture
A must walk Paseo near the water
See what I mean
Overlooking the Med and the Paseo
Alcohol masked as a Nazarene
Ancient writings on the
Concatedral de San Nicolas
All of Alicante was spruced up
I just liked their sign
That is NOT Vanessa's Dad
Wait do they have
Procesións here too?
Why, YES, they do!
They are walking towards the
Basilica de Santa Maria
Although this Procesión would assemble at the Basiolica right next to our B&B, it would not start until 7:30 p.m. and I was concerned about the light at that time for taking photos.
Formal White meets Casual Black
So, instead we opted to trek across town to another Procesión that was scheduled to kickoff at 6:45 p.m. instead.
But first we had to stop here for
Laurie to check out their wares
She had already bought three more fans earlier in the day, how many more does she need?
Fortunately for me, I don't think that she aided the sagging Spanish economy in this tienda.
The Muy Ilustre Penitencial y Franciscana Confradía del Santisimo Ecce-homo y Nuestra Señora de la Amargura Procesión
We can't help ourselves, these Procesións are fascinating, riveting and a tad addictive. Thus we were off to the Iglesia de San Antonio de Padua to watch Alicante's version of the Semana Santa culture.
Love the Hats
Come blow your horn!
Si, of course I lift
The kid on the right worries me
in his attempt to imitate the Nazarenes
Red Nazarenes this time
Youngsters in training
More of the Kiddie Corps
A proper Doña
A mysterious Doña
A marvelous comb and lace mantilla
Handing out the caramelos
Lots of religious significance
That's my Dad!
Here comes the first Paso
Go slow and easy
Lots of feet INSIDE the Paso
It has got to be HOT inside there as they carry the Paso on its route.
Little steps, LOTS of little steps
Incense is a good touch
Here comes the Paso
of the Virgen Maria
She was magnificent!
This one's for you David Lassen
Our favorite Tapas Bar
in the South of Spain
It's cozy inside
The Hermandad de Nuestro
Padre Jesús Procesión
This one started at 9:00 p.m. from the Concatedral de San Nicolas and featured the two Pasos that we had seen earlier in the day. It was also the fourth and final Procesión scheduled for the evening.
A band, you HAVE to have a band
Purple with a gold cord
Not losing his child
in the crowd tonight!
Kids and Candles
Christ Carrying the Cross
Heavy, VERY heavy
Jesus up close
The Jesus Paso is amazing
Paso of the Virgen Maria
Glorious Paso with women
doing the work
What a GREAT first day in Alicante!!!