Sunday Afternoon Stroll

April 02, 2007 By: erik Category: Colindres, Flickr, Photos, Spain 915 views

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On Sunday, we took a leisurely walk around Colindres. The weather had been miserable for a full week, and at the first break of sunshine through the clouds, the entire town came out to enjoy it. Although it was barely 10°C, the tables in the streets in front of bars were packed with customers, desperate for some fresh air and sunshine.

This is the big hole that has become of the house they tore down in my neighborhood. Once a property is bought, they waste no time in building anew.


All the fishing boats were in for the weekend.


That stick man looks like he regrets entering the water and could actually use some help.


The coat of arms is that of Colindres. No doubt the four-petal rose symbol holds religious meaning. Where’s Robert Langdon when you need him?


The first few times I saw this long (it extends another 50-70 meters to the right of the picture) elevated conveyor belt going out to the boats, I had no idea what it was. But then one day it hit me, what they’d need to be filling the boats with: ice. To put the fresh fish on ice immediately after capture.


The long walk out to the Colindres lighthouse. You can see it from the side in José’s picture.


The bridge between Colindres and Treto. Again, a better photo exists on Flickr.


Looking back from the lighthouse to the mountain that looks protectively over our little village.

Colindres Park

I love this picture. I told Marga, “Hold on a second, there’s a beautiful photograph waiting to be taken over here.” This is the park. I’m sure it has a name, but I don’t know it.


I thought I’d make the previous picture better by looking a little more to the left to lose the curb, but I lost the glare of the sun, and I think I like the former better.

I hope you enjoyed your afternoon walk around our little Cantabrian town.

  • Betsy

    I don’t remember seeing the lighthouse. Is it between Colindres and Laredo? I think that what you describe as a four petal rose is really a dogwood blossom. Still could be some religious symbolism as it is often purported that the crucifixion cross was made from a dogwood tree. Related myths hold that ever after the cross incident, God made dogwood trees too small to be used for that purpose again. Also, the rusty looking notches on each petal edge are supposed to represent the blood of Christ. Make of it what you will . . .

  • It’s between Colindres and Treto, the town bordering Colindres on the opposite side from Laredo.

    I considered that it might be a dogwood blossom. You can’t go through the North Carolina public school system without knowing how to recognize a the state flower and knowing the Jesus dogwood crucifixion myth.

    But I never recalled seeing the leaves between the petals like they are in the symbol. See?

    You’re probably correct, though.

  • Paul

    I liked both pictures of the trees in the meadow in the sunlight. I must say though, after reading your lead-in – “the tables in the streets in front of bars were packed with customers” – I was looking forward to seeing pictures of those people. When there, it gave me great pleasure watching the people flood the bars.

  • When I wrote that line, it did occur to me that I didn’t have any pictures of the people sitting outside. This is a matter of desensitization, I’m afraid. What gave you pleasure to see seems very normal to me now. I will try to keep my audience more in mind and remember my initial awe about cultural differences.