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Fountain Series: Animal or People (3) – Monterrey

This fountain in Monterrey, Mexico, has both animals AND people.

This fountain in Monterrey, Mexico, has both animals AND people.

The Fuente de la Vida (Fountain of Life), by the Spanish sculptor Luis Sanguino, is in the Gran Plaza of Monterrey, Mexico. It was erected in December 1984 and contains figures of Neptune, lions and other animals, in addition to these aquatic horses and women.

Don't they look joyous? I wonder what they're celebrating?

Don’t they look joyous? I wonder what they’re celebrating?

May’s Fountain Photo Challenge theme is “animal or people in it“.


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Random Fridays: The 12 grapes of New Year’s Eve

New Year's Eve and the 12 grapes of luck.

New Year’s Eve and the 12 grapes of luck.

Two years ago, my parents and I saw in the New Year at the Gran Hotel Ancira, in Monterrey, Mexico. It was a sit-down dinner event with a live band and dancing. We were puzzled by the grapes on the table — each place had a wine glass with 12 grapes. Our Mexican table mates explained that it was a tradition to eat the grapes at midnight, and for each grape you had to make a wish. In Spanish, it’s called Las doce uvas de la suerte, “The twelve grapes of luck”. I’ve read that you are meant to eat one grape on each stroke of midnight, but these grapes were huge! We’d have choked trying to eat them so quickly.

Happy 2016 to everyone! May your own 12 wishes be granted.


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Post boxes

An interesting post on Travel Words gives us the history of the famous English post box, with photos of a remarkable number of examples. Jude invites us to share our own images, so here are a few I have.

Post boxes, old GPO, Sydney

Post boxes, old GPO, Sydney

London pillar box in the snow

London pillar box in the snow

The next photo is not so much a post box as an entire post office. This is the “Galapagos Post Office” on the island of Floreana. Originally the barrel was used by whalers and other sailors, who would leave letters for people at home; the letters would be picked up and delivered by other sailors heading in that direction. Nowadays, the post office is used only by tourists.

Galapagos post office Floreana Island

Not so much a post box as an entire post office!

Rainy days and Mondays

Do you know that song with the line “Rainy days and Mondays always get me down“? Well, today’s a Monday, and it’s raining, which means a double dose of the blues. 😦 So I thought I’d share some rainy photos with you.

Even drenched in rain, nothing smells as heavenly as a frangipani (plumeria) flower.

Even drenched in rain, nothing smells as heavenly as a frangipani (plumeria) flower.

Raindrops on my window.

Raindrops on my window.

Sunrise caught in raindrops on the rail, 'Lord Nelson' in the Indian Ocean.

Sunrise caught in raindrops on the rail, ‘Lord Nelson’ in the Indian Ocean.

Sunny Bali.

Sunny Bali.

No one sitting on these park benches in Monterrey, Mexico.

No one sitting on these park benches in Monterrey, Mexico.

Behind the scenes: unknown to me, my mother snapped a photo of me shooting the raindrops on the park bench. That's my father with the umbrella!

Behind the scenes: unknown to me, my mother snapped a photo of me shooting the raindrops on the park bench. That’s my father with the umbrella!