Wednesday, 1 April, 2015:
Thursday, April 2, 2015
Wonderful Alicante, Day II
Wednesday, 1 April, 2015:
After a good night's sleep, we were up early for the second day of our mini-Mediterranean beach vacation.
The plan for the day was simple enough . . . sightseeing, shopping, Sun, food, more shopping and a Procesión or two.
This imposing structure is reached
via elevator deep in the bowels of a mountain
Laurie and the Archer
The sight of our afternoon basking
Watch out for that bird
A nice sunrise
"FIRE THE CANNON!!!
Art wall made from shards from
local archeological digs
Castillo Museum Room
So much for begging for mercy
Nike and Laurie
"Post no handbills"
They should have added "NO GRAFFITI".
Alicante's City Crest
There are craft shops at the end
of the Esplanade today
Art on the Esplanade
Amigos enjoying the morning
Somehow we resisted
Art and Architecture
During the Summer of 1962, thousands of Spanish and French exiles from French Algeria, called "Pieds-Noir", received an exemplary welcome from the people of Alicante and it's province. In gratitude, the "Pieds-Noir" donated these two symbolic statues to Alicante as a way of saying thank you.
Definitely a refreshing point of view on immigration.
Oh good, another Fiesta!
Lunch at the Cervecería Sento
Awesome tapas, great atmosphere and a fun staff . . . what more could you ask for for lunch?
Photo shoot of a traditionally
Brownies and Ice Cream
We said no and bought ice cream up the street again at Spain's Third Best Ice Cream Shop.
Alicante's ancient City Hall
Time to relax again in the Sun and
the Med on the Playa del Postiguet
Laurie was ready for a four
hour break from shopping
Jesus in jail
The Hermandad de Santa Cruz Procesión
The first of three Procesións scheduled for this Wednesday night, it was going to start at 7:00 p.m. so we opted to see some of it before dinner.
It matches her eyes
We were not sure why but this Procesión was jam packed with spectators making viewing next to impossible so we moved on to find a dining spot.
Drinks only, no food, keep looking
This taverna offered good tapas,
great wine and fun people watching
The Reds were starting to assemble
The Cofradía Sacramental del Cristo del Divino Amor y Virgen de la Soledad "La Marinera" Procesión
Their Procesión would not start until 9:00 p.m. but their queueing was worth a look.
Smoke 'em if you got 'em
I hope those are caramelos
A regal Doña
Wonderful comb and mantilla
Meeting of the minds
We had lots of time until any one of the three Procesións reached Alicante's Casco Antiguo or Old Town, so we opted for a long, slow stroll to burn off a few calories.
Gorgeous round-about fountain
Tapas among the jamons
We were fat and sassy at this point and fully intended to go back to the La Milagrosa B&B to call it a night.
Suddenly we heard a band playing loudly just down the calle and, like a siren's call, just had to see a Procesión go by.
It was the USC Trojan Marching Band!
Why the black plumes?
But which Procesión was it?
It was the Hermandad de
Santa Cruz's Procesión
That was the Procesión that was so crowded when we tried to see it's start four hours ago. They were still on the go!
Red and Black . . . Cobra colors
The Paso Cristo de la Fe
Rounding my corner
The street was full of both Nazarene
and non-Nazarene followers
Turning the corner
It was late and we had enjoyed yet another wonderful day in Alicante . . . A GREAT/RELAXED CITY!!!