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Child in Ocho Rios, Jamaica

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Gaviotas en azul

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Logroño, puente sobre el Ebro

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A floral relief…

… among the kendo photos!

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Bubbles fly in Calle Ancha

♫♪ Theme for young lovers ♪♫ ~ The Shadows

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Lonely seagull

♫♪♫ Core’ngrato ♫♪♫ Tino Rossi

Catari, Catari,
pecchè me dici sti parole amare,
pecchè me parle e 'o core
me turmiento Catari?

Num te scurdà ca t'aggio date 'o core, Catari
nun te scurdà!

Catari, Catari, che vene a dicere
stu parlà, che me dà spaseme?
Tu nun 'nce pienze a stu dulore mio
Tu num 'nce pienze tu nun te ne cura

Core, core 'ngrato
t'aie pigliato 'a vita mia.
Tutt' è passato
e nun'nce pienze cchiù!

Catari, Catari, Canciones de Luciano Pavarotti
tu nun 'o saie ca'nfin'int' a na chiesa
io so' trasuto e aggio priato a Dio, Catari.
E l'aggio ditto pure a 'o cunfessore:
I' sto a suffrì
pe' chella llà!
Sto a suffrì,
sto a suffrì, nun se po' credere,
sto a suffrì tutte li strazie!
E 'o cunfessore ch'è persona santa,
M'ha ditto: Figlio mio, lassala sta', lassala sta'.

Core, core 'ngrato
t' aie pigliato 'a vita mia.
Tutt' è passato
e nun'nce pienze cchiù!

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Semana Santa en León

Holy Week in Spain

Spain is renowned in the world for its Holy Week traditions. Sevilla, Málaga, and San Fernando in Cádiz see the most glamorous celebrations, while those of Castilla y León see the more sombre and solemn events.

A common feature in Spain is the almost general usage of the nazareno or penitential robe for some of the participants in the Processions. This garment consists in a tunic, a hood with conical tip (capirote) used to conceal the face of the wearer, and sometimes a cloak. The exact colors and forms of these robes depend on the particular procession. The robes were widely used in the medieval period for penitents, who could demonstrate their penance while still masking their identity.

These robes intentionally served as the basis for the traditional uniform for members of the infamous Ku Klux Klan in the United States, ironically a very anti-Catholic organization.

These Nazarenos carry processional candles or rough hewn wooden crosses, may walk the city streets barefoot, and, in some places may carry shackles and chains on their feet as penance. In some areas, sections of the participant wear dress freely inspired in the uniforms of the Roman Legion.

León, Spain
Holy Week processions in León are also very popular, with more than 15,000 papones (penitents) on the streets. Processions begin on Viernes de Dolores (the Friday in the week before Holy Week) until Easter Sunday. The most solemn and famous procession is the Procesion de los Pasos also known as the Procesión del Encuentro (Procession of the Meeting). During this marathonian procession, which lasts nine hours, about 4,000 penitents carry 13 pasos around all the city. The most solemn moment is El Encuentro (The Meeting) when the pasos representing Saint John and La Dolorosa face one to the other and are bailados (penitents move the paso like Saint John and La Dolorosa were dancing).
Also famous is a secular procession, called Entierro de Genarín (Burial of Genarín). In 1929 on Maundy Thursday night a poor alcoholic person, called Genaro Blanco was run over by the first rubbish truck in León. The procession consists of a march through the city with Orujo at the head of the procession to the front of the city walls where the man was supposedly run over and then cheese, a bottle of Orujo and two oranges are left at the spot.

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Lisboa, Estufa Fria...

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Porto de Cascais

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Alfama, Lisboa, Portugal

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Sintra, Portugal

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Red balloon floating in the Ebro

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Dawn over Chiclana, Cádiz

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Playa de La Barrosa, Chiclana, Cádiz

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Folded chairs in Jerez de La Frontera

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Semana Santa en Jerez de la Frontera, Cádiz

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Sancti Petri out there...

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Dawn in Chiclana, Cádiz

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Playa de Tarifa. Parque Natural del Estrecho

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River crossing in the Sahara

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