Picture of the Week

29 June 2011

Week 25: Hogueras

Filed under: — Administrator @ 07:15

The week started in the Netherlands and continued with the annual Hogueras de San Juan fiesta, which basically turns Alicante on its head for more than a week.

Main
I woke up Sunday morning in Michiel Fokkema’s house near Rotterdam. Michiel had kindly offered to put me up for the night following out day trip to the island of Texel the preceding day. Looking around Michiel’s living room, I thought this image of his window sill clearly shows that this is the house of a photographer:
IGP1708


Alternates
:

Alternate 1
Later on Sunday, I was going to take the train to Eindhoven, meet with some old friends there and then fly home in the evening. But first, Michiel took me for a drive around the countryside near his home:
IGP1713

Alternate 2
Near the windmill, there was a nesting swan; I did not hang around that long, so as not to disturb it (and anyway, its mate was nearby and was giving me the evil eye):
IGP1716

Then Michiel took me to the Rotterdam train station, from where I left for Eindhoven. I was going to fly home from there that evening, but first I was going to visit Anna and Geert, a couple who worked for me during my last couple of years in the Netherlands, and whose wedding I photographed 5 years ago almost to the day–see my PAW for 2006, week 26, on this site.

Alternate 3
Anna and Geert have two children, Pim (4) and Nora (almost 2):
IGP1728

Alternate 4
Geert and Pim looking for berries in the garden:
IGP1721

Alternate 5
After lunch, we went for a walk in the neighbourhood. It is quite common to see signs like this in Dutch cities:
IGP1737

Then Geert drove me to the airport and I flew home to Alicante.

Alternate 6
It is hot in Alicante now, and my dog rarely uses her soft bed. She prefers the cooler stone floor. The cat, however, likes things warm, so he takes advantage of the opportunity:
IGP1740

Alternate 7
Waiting for breakfast to be served outside our local bakery:
_1040424

Alternate 8
Midsummer is celebrated in many parts of Europe. In Alicante, the week leading up to June 24th is called Hogueras de San Juan. Early in the week, huge plastic statues are put up around the city, only to be burned amid fireworks during the night of June 24th. Meanwhile, the entire week people stay up until the early hours, partying in the closed streets. Here is a huge installation in the making in the city’s commercial district:
L1005341

Alternate 9
Lots of work just for a few days’ display:
L1005348

Alternate 10
This fisherman is in our neighbourhood:
_1040425

Alternate 11
Chiringuito, or beach bar, also in my neighbourhood:
_1040429

Alternate 12
Slowing down to look:
_1040431

Alternate 13
Back in the centre, a mermaid-like figure:
_1040438

Alternate 14
Well-endowed:
_1040443

Alternate 15
On the night of the 24th, people gather on Avenida Vicente Ramos, the main road in our neighbourhood, to watch the burning, which takes place around 1-2 a.m. I did not actually bother to stick around to see the burning, preferring to hang around and look at the people instead:
IGP1743

Alternate 16
The little ones need a high vantage point to see:
IGP1744

Alternate 17
Little boys throwing fireworks. This goes on every evening for at least 10 days, making it impossible to walk my dog:
IGP1750

Alternate 18
The morning after, one finds traces of botellones around the place:
_1040446

Alternate 19
The final cleanup of Vicente Ramos on the morning of the 25th:
IGP1755

Alternate 20
And finally, something completely different. Our office building is going to be remodelled, floor by floor. People have to move to a temporary location for a few months. The moves start on July 1st, and the boxes are ready:
_1040435

No Comments »

No comments yet.

RSS feed for comments on this post.

Leave a comment

Powered by WordPress