Thursday, March 28, 2013

Palm Sunday Walk, Part 2

We knew we were close to San Blas when we passed this Church.

Another view

Mass was in progress at the Church, standing room only.  A brisk business in selling greenery for Palm Sunday.

We passed a sign for fanesca, the traditional soup for Holy Week. 

On toward the main Square.

More vendors selling greenery for Palm Sunday.


 A new photo op at the Square!

Mass in progress at the New Cathedral, again standing room only.  More vendors outside.



This banner welcomes the new Pope. 
Happy Easter weekend! 

Walking on Palm Sunday. Part 1

Palm Sunday begins Holy Week.  Always something fun to see.

Our Palm Sunday this year began with a sunrise Mass in a nearby Church.  We didn't actually go to the Mass, but we could hear all the beautiful music and see the crowds as they enjoyed the Services outside in front of the Church.

We got a very early start on the Sunday walk, taking  pictures along the way. We headed toward San Blas:   through the neighborhoods, along the river, more side streets to San Blas, then on to the Square (with a break for brunch). 

New construction.

Nice, quiet, easy walk, cool and comfortable, not hot at that hour and not much traffic.

We checked on the construction progress at Parque de la Madre (Mother's Park).  An underground parking area is being built.  Workers were working on this Sunday.

On the way to the river, toward the Broken Bridge.

Night Club, a favorite with the kids.

Across from the river.

Others were enjoying the peaceful river path, too.

On up to Calle Larga.  Past the Inca Ruins.

More side streets. 





Almost to San Blas.  Part 2 is next.

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Walking Av Solano to El Centro on Sunday

Last post we walked the other way, off Av Solano.  This time we're walking toward the historic area in el centro.

Av Solano is a busy street, at most hours.  Much more quiet on the weekends.  These are pictures from an early Sunday walk.  Solano is a wide avenue, with a park running down the middle.  Several round-abouts and statues.

We zigzagged through residential neighborhoods, just to see what we could see.

Crossing R. Crespo, sidewalk repairs are looking good!

Here is a fun pic, taken during the work week on Crespo...  these guys are working with pick axes.

Interesting gates.

Wall window.


Cut over past the stadium.  Nice art work.

Down Av Jose Peralta toward the river.


Past the Inca ruins and up the hill toward Calle Larga.

Fun street art along the way.



You can see the usually busy Calle Larga and its side streets are practically empty.

Todos Santos Church in the background.

What a view!

Onward toward the Square.

Fountains were ON at both San Sebastian and the Square.

We'll have to do this route again on an early Sunday when the Watsons are in town.