Kalesas Outside Vigan Cathedral - Click to View Hi-Res Image

Kalesas Outside Vigan Cathedral - Click to View Hi-Res Image

It’s TravelTuesday in the Twitterverse (follow me @hyperren), and I thought this would be the perfect day to do a Picture of the Week feature on this blog. I’ll post one photo that hasn’t been featured on this site yet, and include a brief story about it.

My first entry on the blog was about Vigan, Ilocos Sur, Philippines (read it here), so it makes sense (well, to me, anyway) that my first TravelTuesday Picture of the Week would be from the same trip. This picture of some kalesas, or local horse-driven carriages, was taken right outside Vigan Cathedral. There were a lot of kalesas in Vigan, and they were mostly aimed at tourists (much like tuk-tuks and motos around Southeast Asia); my friend and I had to keep saying “no” to the many kalesa drivers asking if we wanted a ride. Anyway, right outside the Vigan Cathedral was a designated parking area for these kalesas, with the bored (or tired) horses waiting for the next customer they’ll have to take around town. Each kalesa was decorated and given its own character. Even the names were meant to attract attention. Some were named after local celebrities (like Piolo), others named after Hollywood celebrities or characters (like Rambo).

And that’s your TravelTuesday Picture of the Week! Come back next week for another TTPOTW!