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Good Morning! I hope you have comfy shoes and a water bottle, because we willl have to walk a lot, if you want to see the whole of our first stop in the tour of Triantia.
Anyways... I welcome you to Catalia, the biggest city in the Huacayuxte province, which is formed by all the islands that are located around the coast of the mainland. Catalia, of course is located in one, and it's the biggest too.
Mayor: Guillermo Sánchez
Other Info: Important commercial port and industrial city. Provincial Capital of Huacayuxte.
It's early in the morning, but already some cars can be seen in the streets of Catalia, as some people go to work before the sun rises.
The sun comes up into the sky and so the students from all over the city have to go to to their schools. Below, you can see a middle school in a new suburb of the city.
And talking of suburbs, these areas of the city started to develop around the 50's of the past century, when the industrial boom hit Triantia. Soon, a very solid middle class started to grow on the country.
The middle class of Triantia is around the 40% of the population, but in some cities of this country they make up the bulk of the population, so is the case of Catalia.
Being an industrial city, Catalia has come to be a rich city, and also does the population, still, not everyone can get the good things of this economic boom, the three buildings in the center of above picture are low-wealth apartment buildings, where immigrants and people from the countryside take home. Quite a contrast, because almost in front of those apartments, you can see some mansions of the richest men in the city.
Before turning our attention to the real attraction of the city, the downtown of Catalia, we travel by the Avenida del Mar, to take a quick look at the beaches of the city.
All over Triantia, the beaches of the country have Enviromental Conservation Area status, and therefore, nothing can be build 40 meters or less from the seashore, without government permission. That's the main reason of why many of the countries beaches still have a pristine look, the Triantians are very proud of their beaches too, and if you dare to throw trash into the sea or in the beaches and a policeman sees you, he can fine for potential enviromental damage.
We now go to the downtown. This area of the city boasts an interesting arquitecture, like you can see below.
In this area you can see the Mercado Central on the top-left corner, there you will be able to find everything, from local fruits and vegetables, to craftsmanship and clothes.
In the lower zone you also see a smaller, more recent market, it was placed by some farmers, because the Mercado Central was so clogged, that they could no longer get a space where to place their stalls.
A close up to another area of the downtown, in the center of the picture, you can see a special building, it was the first school of the city, built almost 250 years ago, the building was the office of some important businessman, but stayed abandoned for about half of its time since constructed, until the local government, decided to place there the first public school of Catalia in the early 20th century.
The sun now settles on the horizon, but before we take you back to your hotels, you should visit the most important place of the city, and it's most beautiful structure... lets take a short visit to Catalia's cathedral and the Main Square.
While small compared to other cathedrals, Catalia's has a very unique detail in it, classic of the Barroque style. It's over 300 years old but still it looks as beaufitul as when the first mass was made inside its walls. By the west side, on the other side of the street, some modern offices can be seen built among the older structures. The new century brought many changes, but the downtown has been largely unaffected, because of new heritage protocols that started to be used in recent years.
I hope you liked Catalia, tomorrow we will take ferry again, as we will travel east, to Palmé Island.