Tuesday, August 8, 2017

misc pictures

More pics from the broken camera...some are dated, but still fun to share.

Street art in Paute.

Views near Parque Calderon in Cuenca.

Overlooking the Park.

The stairs to get up there!

Street scene during the elections.

More fun art in Cuenca.

New friends on our porch.  Feed them and they will come!

A fun parade passing by.  A little of everything.
The blue clean up crew brought up the rear.

We celebrated Rox on her birthday!

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

July 2017 -- Cuenca Pictures Updated 1

Friends have asked for more pictures of Cuenca, happy to post.  Since we havent shared pictures for awhile, these go back aways.  But always fun to see.

Our beautiful Cuenca., always changing sky and rivers and flowers.

More street art.

Cuenca is a vibrant City, full of life, color and music.  We are glad we are here!

Having fun with Tatiana and her Mom around the holidays.

More pictures coming.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Visit to Colombia

And, we are back! 

No excuses for not posting for awhile, guess we are just busy.  Doing what, who knows.

We took a little trip over the back fence to Medellin Colombia and some surrounding areas. What a beautiful city of almost 2.5 million residents.  We could see why folks here are considering relocating there.  Great restaurants, warmer weather, extremely friendly and helpful citizens.  Way over the top graciousness and kindness.  Lovely grand old trees, lots of flowers, too.

Unfortunately our camera didnt want to cooperate much, but we did get some shots to share of fun street art, which we have added to this post.

We took a tour to several sites telling the story of the recent history of the city being the drug capital of the world.  Violent times then.  Today, 10 years later, what a difference!  A real concerted effort by the locals to put all that behind them, and improve the lives of the folks...new, modern construction,  huge new shopping malls, fabulous street art adding joy and color to the barrios, vibrant businesses and so much more.  So many choices in the supermarkets and malls!

Of course, in a city this large, there are pockets of poverty and assorted crime, but that is just normal for a city this big. Locals told us that it is all getting better.  One interesting note:  We stayed in a pretty touristy hotel and neighborhood, so we felt relatively safe, with lots of police presence... Our area was a center of loud music and clubs, with crowds of young travelers and locals.  Party hardy til 7 am!  But, we liked the music and we were fine.  Our hotel room was quiet enough for sleep, despite facing the wild and crazy nightlife.

Travel for us old folks is never easy...we suffered the usual long lines, delayed flights and bad attitudes in the airports...guess that is just normal now.  A good choice we did make for coming and going was to break up the travel by staying a night or 2 in Quito on the way...  always fun to be in Quito.

As we are going through our broken camera to see what else we can salvage, we will post more pics of our adventures in Cuenca so stay tuned.