|The river Tomabamba and this view can be seen|
from the living room in our house
|Beautiful door from the nuevo|
church in the center of town
|Big local and organic Saturday market|
|Mote - one of our favorite foods, served like rice|
to include in soups, or just as a side dish.
|Carrots at the market|
|An example of a meal in our house.|
Lots of hot and cold veggies
|A view at the top of one of the many sets|
of steps leading up from the river.
|some kind of squash type vegetable|
|A fruit at the market, though we have not tried it yet|
Cuenca is the home of the "Panama Hat" and this is was part of our city tour. Richard is in the market for a new one as his last was given to a friend in Mexico. As you will note if you have been reading this blog for a while, I am repeating some events and even some photos. It is very hard not to take photos in this photogenic surrounding. I know that many of you enjoy the photos so I am including many and will just put captions on them rather than detailing all of the events surrounding them.
|Pumapungo - Ruins right in the middle of town - |
dating from both Canari and later, Incas.
|Near the ruins is an area with birds of Ecuador|
Cuenca boasts the fact that it has 52 churches in the center of town - allows to go to a different one every week!
|A view of the 3 cupolas of the main church in the city.|
|The family - Yolanda in the back,|
Kris and Bernarda in the front
|In the town of Gulaceo - hand embroidery|
|The ancient art of IKAT....string is wrapped around yarn and then dyed naturally. The string is later removed and another time to dye|
which gives a different pattern when it is woven. We saw this in the town of Gulaceo.
|My new IKAT shawl with the woman|
who made it.
|Some of thousands of new orchid plants that are being germinated|
and many new species are being created. We visited one of the largest
Orchidareas in the country - with orchid being shipped all over the world.
|I love these leaves.|
|with our guide at the orchidarea|
|An amazing Peacock - doesn't look real in this picture or|
in real life.
|Two happy campers|
|Rosareo - a drink with fruit, and the Ecuadorean version|
of a quesadilla which is a corn and anise treat.
|Hot springs in Banos de Cuenca - about 15 minutes from downtown.|
Well, that's it for now....more to come in a week or two. Thanks for joining us on our travels.