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Monday, 17 March 2014

Changing the guard in Quito

Every Monday morning at 11am in Quito, Ecuador, they change the guard outside the Presidential Palace. As my flight home wasn't until the afternoon I was fortunate to just have enough time to watch the spectacle. It was a colourful, solemn occasion.



There was a marching band as well as a ceremonial band.







 A number of schoolchildren sat in front of the Palace all dressed in their best uniforms.








The President and his family came out onto the balcony to huge cheers from the crowd.
As the flag was raised the band played the National Anthem with everyone joining in with enthusiasm.












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27 comments:

  1. Wow! You travel to a lot of places. I have heard great things about Ecuador. Nice photos!

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  2. What an awesome thing to witness!

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  3. Wow! How exciting for you and wonderful colorful photos besides ~ thanks ~ xxx

    artmusedog and carol

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  4. A wonderful series of shots, he changing of guard and seeing the President and his family. Very exciting.. Great photos. Have a happy week!

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  5. So colorful and it looks like you got a very close spot to watch. I wonder if you were very lucky to see the president's family, or if they appear every day.

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  6. How wonderful that you got to witness this tradition. Loved your photos.

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  7. Looks so colorful, nice tradition.

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  8. I love those colourful uniforms and what a treat you got to witness this spectacle just before your departure.

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  9. How interesting to see this. I don't know much about Ecuador at all. Is the President democratically elected? Hmmm.... I don't know if I've ever read an article (other than travel stories) about this country.

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  10. What a great thing to see! I guess I wasn't as fortunate as you when I flew home from Quito, there was just wall to wall people at the airport. :-(

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  11. How great that you got to see this!! Terrific, colorful captures!!! Thanks for sharing the fun!!

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  12. Quite a handsome presidential family.

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  13. Wow---you were in the right place at the right time.. How neat to experience the changing of the guard in Ecuador... That is AWESOME... Great set of photos.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  14. Fantastic sequence of shots for the event.

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  15. Beautiful pictures of the event.

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  16. Very colourful scenes - it could almost be Buckingham Palace! A good choice of a venue before your flight home.

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  17. Hi! Very beautiful captures. You are very lucky to witness this ceremony. I enjoyed your photos very much. Thanks for sharing.

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  18. What a colourful scenes, to do this every week with the president attending the ceremony is quite a spectacle.

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  19. Quite fascinating and very colourful. It worked out well that you had opportunity to witness the changing of the guard.

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  20. I have friends from Ecuador, so thank you for taking us there. It seems very ceremonial and serious.
    Have a wonderful week, and thank you for stopping by my blog today.

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  21. Changing of the guard is an event to remember.

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  22. Just imagine...you actually were there and saw this. Fantastic!

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  23. Thanks for sharing this impressive ceremony with us.

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  24. I love it when a national anthem (of whatever country) is played. The Ecuadorian president looks young. And handsome.

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  25. great event to visit and watch.

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