Picture of the Week

2 July 2012

Week 26: Valencia

Filed under: — Administrator @ 21:53

I was laid low with a stomach virus most of the week, but fortunately I more or less recovered for the weekend–good thing too, since I had to go to Valencia on Saturday, a trip which yielded most of this week’s pictures.

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But first a couple of cactus pictures. I have often written about the Miracle of the Cactus, most recently here. What is special this time is that a week after the double flowers wilted, a third flower suddenly appeared:
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The next day, the flower was fully open:
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It is really hot in Alicante right now. All creatures look for shade or A/C:
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The rest of the pictures are from Saturday in Valencia.

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With dry weather, strong wind, and temperatures around 40C, it is not surprising that forest fires are raging between Benidorm and Valencia. The wind is coming from inland, and so the smoke drifts onto the coast. This is early Saturday morning:
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I walked around Valencia’s waterfront around 9 a.m. It is evident that this area is a popular spot for Friday night bottelóns:
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Massive beach cleanup:
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Flag and jogger:
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Sleeper. It is hard to tell whether the guy is homeless or just “tired”; probably the former:
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Elderly woman on the way to the beach:
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Then I went to the centre of town. While having breakfast in a café near city hall, I was visited by a very aggressive pigeon:
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Waiting and chatting:
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“No motorcycle parking”:
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Watch the birdie–a photographer in the barrio:
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Picking avocados in the Mercado:
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