MONTERREY

Monterrey is the third largest city in Mexico and a major business and industrial centre.
The opening social function for the ICME 11 conference was a party held in the Pabellón Sopladores which originally housed machinery used in the operation of the blast furnace pictured below.

Blast furnace

When the company operating a huge steel making complex went out of business the industrial area was turned into a huge educational and recreational park. Much of the large scale equipment, such as the blast furnace pictured above was retained.



Great wheel

Inside the Pabellón Sopladores are some huge pieces of machinery including this giant wheel.



Traditional dress

Young ladies from the host university brighten up the evening with their traditional dress.



Mariachi

No Mexican party would be complete without a mariachi band.



Macroplaza

A central feature of Monterrey is the Macroplaza. This is a series of linked plazas and gardens in the heart of the city.



plaza 2

The Macroplaza is surrounded by an assortment of modern and classical styled buildings. 



excavation3

This controversial sculpture, the Faro del Comercio (Beacon of Commerce) dominates the skyline.



Neptune

A statue of Neptune is among many more traditional works in the area.



ceramic

This delightful representation of a mother and her teenage children lightens the atmosphere of the park.



sundial

An intriguing  sundial adds to the mixture.



Train

The buildings around the Macroplaza also range from the classical to the ultramodern.



Turibus

Another view of modern structures around the park.



Colonial style

This picture shows a more traditional older building. 



Chuch

Building of the cathedral shown above was commenced in 1635 and the main structure was completed in 1700. The bell tower was added later and was not finished until 1899.



Governors palace

Originally the governors palace this building is now a museum. 



Barrio 1

The Barrio Antiguo or old city was one of many sections of the city that I did not really explore. This picture shows one entrance to the Barrio.




Barrio 2

Another view of the Barrio Antiguo shows the narrow cobbled streets of the old city.



Canalon 1

Deadly diseases spread by mosquitoes plagued Monterrey in the early days.  A spring-fed swamp was the source of the mosquitoes so it was decided that a canal was needed to end the problem by draining the swamp. Today the canal, known as the Canalón has been landscaped and is an important recreational area.



Bridge

A tourist boat passes under one of the many bridges over the Canalón.



Night on the canal

Restaurants serve many customers alongside the canal in the evening.



market

Monterrey is not without large shopping malls.



Hills

The city is overlooked by limestone mountains sculpted by millions of years of weathering.



Horse saddle mountain

The readily recognised shape of Cerro de la Silla (Horse Saddle Mountain) has become a symbol of Monterrey.


Rainbow

A consequence of the proximity of the city to the mountains is sudden changes in weather.  Minutes after taking this picture we were scurrying for shelter.


Caballeros

Parque Alemeda is a pleasant place to relax and was situated not far from our hotel.  I spent some time relaxing there and took a few interesting photos.  These two riders and their horses certainly added to the atmosphere.



Woodpecker?

This bird was not shy about posing.


Duck

Wherever we travel I usually find ducks.  What was different in this park was where I found the duck. For some reason this one felt more comfortable in a tree than in a pond in the park.



Doctor

If anyone in the park is not feeling well, help is at hand. This doctor makes it clear that all patients are welcome.


3Thais

The three Thai presenters at the conference say goodbye.

 
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