From Big Ben to Liberty / Del Big Ben a la Libertad

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I walked over to the fairgrounds Friday afternoon to do a bit of browsing. Fuengirola’s annual International Fair (La Feria Internacional de Los Pueblos) opened Wednesday night. It’s our first since 2019. I’m about to head out the door to watch the parade of nations and I plan to share those photos Sunday.

This year, reproductions of famous international monuments were placed around the entrance to the fairgrounds. The Eiffel Tower looked so much like the one I’ve seen at Paris Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas (although obviously on a much smaller scale). When I saw the tower of Big Ben, I was immediately transported to London. The Leaning Tower of Pisa looks exactly how I remember it (sort of). The Chile pavilion has a scale model Easter Island statue that I’d like for our terrace. I’d like a number of the others for our terrace, as well, but they wouldn’t fit. Outside the Spain pavilion stands a surprisingly good replica of the Giralda (the bell tower from Sevilla Cathedral).

But the Statue of Liberty is a show stopper. The final two photos will enable you to compare the Fuengirola reproduction with a photo of the original from my trip to New York. Look closely and see if you can tell them apart.


Caminé hasta el recinto ferial el viernes por la tarde para hojear un poco. La Feria Internacional de Los Pueblos en Fuengirola abrió el miércoles por la noche. Es la primera desde 2019. Estoy a punto de salir para ver el desfile de las naciones y planeo compartir esas fotos el domingo.

Este año, se colocaron reproducciones de famosos monumentos internacionales alrededor de la entrada al recinto ferial. La Torre Eiffel se parecía mucho a la que he visto en el Paris Hotel and Casino en Las Vegas (aunque obviamente en una escala mucho más pequeña). Cuando vi la Torre de Londres, el Big Ben, inmediatamente me transporté a Londres. La Torre Pendente de Pisa se ve exactamente como la recuerdo (más o menos). La caseta de Chile tiene una estatua de Isla de Pascua a escala que me gustaría para nuestra terraza. También me gustaría algunos de los otros para nuestra terraza, pero no encajarían. Fuera de la caseta de España se encuentra una réplica sorprendentemente buena de la Giralda (el campanario de la Catedral de Sevilla).

Pero la Estatua de la Libertad es un espectáculo. Las dos últimas fotos os permitirán comparar la reproducción de Fuengirola con una foto del original de mi viaje a Nueva York. Mire de cerca y vea si puede diferenciarlos.

• The base of the statue (the real statue) is made from concrete covered in granite slabs mined from our former town of Guilford, Connecticut.
• La base de la estatua (la estatua real) está hecha de hormigón cubierto con losas de granito extraídas de nuestro pueblo de Guilford, Connecticut.

Author: Moving with Mitchell

From Brooklyn, New York; to North Massapequa; back to Brooklyn; Brockport, New York; back to Brooklyn... To Boston, Massachusetts, where I met Jerry... To Marina del Rey, California; Washington, DC; New Haven and Guilford, Connecticut; San Diego, San Francisco, Palm Springs, and Santa Barbara, California; Las Vegas, Nevada; Irvine, California; Sevilla, Spain. And Fuengirola, Málaga..

34 thoughts on “From Big Ben to Liberty / Del Big Ben a la Libertad”

  1. Just like the Ukrainian eggs Debra had on her blog this week, I’d like the Easter Island statue and Big Ben for my yard please.
    I’ve heard shipping is free.

    1. Bob:
      I would LOVE at least one of those eggs on the terrace. The shipping would cost more than the price of the egg, unfortunately.

    1. David:
      Yes! We also currently have on our plaza a Bauhaus take on Cristo Redentor of Rio De Janeiro. I’ll be sharing that soon.

      1. Jim:
        Seriously, we were just talking yesterday about how beautiful your gardens are. You guys have the knowledge, the patience, and the aesthetic.

  2. I thought it said “Outside the Spain pavilion stands a surprisingly good replica of GIRALDO”
    but bottom line for the display…kind of tacky.

    1. Frank:
      I kind of like the display. Playful. I’d love to see a good replica of San Geraldo.

  3. These are nice. Lady Liberty seems to have put on a few pandemic pounds. Her face looks a bit pudgy.

    1. Deedles:
      I’ll soon share the ”reproduction” of Christ the Redeemer from Rio. It looks like he and Liberty are related.

  4. Those are really impressive models. They’ve taken some liberties (ha!) with Lady Liberty but I think she looks fantastic and kind of mod.

  5. I don’t get it. I don’t get Vegas, either. The fair itself I do get and would enjoy, just not the reproductions. Looks like great weather to watch a parade!

    1. Wilma:
      I don’t get Vegas either, but the reproductions themselves are very impressive there. It was a glorious, summer-like day.

    1. Wilma:
      Oops. Both comments appeared and I’m reading them in their original order!

  6. Oh, I didn’t know that about Guilford’s connection to the base of the Statue of Liberty 🙂 Does everyone know that the interior framework for the Statue of Liberty, was made by Gustave Eiffel (or is that just a French teachers’ tidbit)?

    1. Judy C:
      I’m pretty certain the Eiffel info is a French teacher’s (or historian’s) tidbit. I never knew that until I was in college.

  7. Oh, I just read the last post — night time photo looked good! I have an iPhone 12 mini, and it takes great photos… I didn’t know it was going to be especially great at night, but I took a few photos for this past year’s Christmas Lights blog post, and the camera did all sorts of self adjusting, and gave me some really dandy photos 🙂 I’m glad you have a new iPhone 13 pro!

    1. Judy C:
      I zoomed that night time photo. I’m going to experiment. I’m sure it would be better without the zoom.

  8. Oh my, that Statue of Liberty, LOL! Getting chunky there, Lady Liberty! Very cool idea for the Festival, though. The only two of these monuments that I’ve seen in real life are Big Ben and the Leaning Tower of Pisa.

    1. Debra:
      I’ve never seen the Eiffel Tower. I’ve been to France but not to Paris. One of these days. As for Liberty, she gets no exercise.

  9. I’m partial to the originals. The only (original) two I haven’t seen in person are the Easter Island statue and the Sevilla Cathedral. I’ve been up the (allowable) top of the Eiffel Tower, the Statue of Liberty and the Leaning Tower of Pisa (back in 1961–before they stabilized it). Been to see Big Ben (name for the clock–the tower itself is now called the Elizabeth Tower since 2012) many times since I grew up in London and was there just last month. It still has scaffolding around the lower third of the tower for ongoing repair. In fact, a photo I took of Big Ben and the tower about five years ago is the opening screen on my iPhone.

    Have a good time at the parade.

    1. Mary:
      I haven’t seen Easter Island nor Paris, and I’d love to go high on the Eiffel Tower. I was up the Tower of Pisa in the ’70s, also before it (and I) were stable. I loved climbing those worn-from-side-to-side stairs. Sevilla Cathedral is stunning and climbing the ramps of giralda is an exceptional experience.

  10. All the “landmarks” are pretty good, except for Lady Liberty, who I thought was giving us all the finger! Upon closer inspection, I could see that she wasn’t, but they must have used up all their material for her toga, LOL.

    1. Tundra Bunny:
      Lady Liberty made me laugh (sadly the idea of her in the USA has become a bit of a joke, too).

  11. The Spanish title for the exhibition is the international peoples fair. That sounds faintly communistic I think, maybe I should phone Tucker Carlson right now to warn him. LOL!

    1. Laurent:
      Ugh, I wonder what #ucker Carlson has to say about Spain. On second thought, no I don’t.

    1. Urspo:
      I kind of like Lady Liberty, but I wouldn’t want her on my terrace.

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