We have been doing more walking the last couple of weeks just trying to get a little exercise and enjoy the city. Sometimes we come across the unexpected and other times we spot things we hadn’t noticed previously. I think this is probably true of a lot of people and not just the expats.
Cuenca isn’t a large city, as cities go, but there is a lot here and it is hard to take it all in. Walking is the best way because of the slow pace and the possibility of just stopping to see what is around us. This blog is mostly pictures for the above reasons.
There are always new flowers and plants. Not being a plant guy these are almost always new to me. I guess there is now time to stop and smell the roses.
The ladies with the unique hats are (I believe) from
Peru, they are in Cuenca for the 12 of April holiday which celebrates the founding of Cuenca. They are here to sell at the market set up on Avenida 12th of April across the street from the . They are waiting for the rain to stop so they can set up there stall. Otorongo Plaza
there is a coffee shop that is very nice. The owner speaks English very well after spending time in the Otorongo Plaza United States. His name is Simone and he is a restaurateur and a jewelry maker and designer. He also teaches jewelry making. He has some of his work on display in the restaurant
The staff is friendly; the restaurant is attractive and comfortable with outside seating. The coffee is very good and they do something that is unique in
Cuenca… they give free refills.
I don’t know if it was nap time or if the alcohol kicked in but the bike is standing and the rider is not.
There is a set of 91 steps at the
Otorongo Plaza that lead up to El Centro (the old part of town). Mick decided he wanted to see how hard it was to climb them.
On our way back from
El Centro, we walked along the river and I snapped a couple of pictures of the buildings. They are old and some need repair but seeing them is still pretty cool.
We heard of a new pizza restaurant recently. Fabiano’s on Presidente Cordova 4-48 near Mariano Cueva. We were told the owners had spent a lot of time in
Connecticut and so we felt we needed to find out if the pies were anything like we knew from the old days.
The pizza was delicious and the husband and wife, Fabian and Jackie, are very friendly and personable people. The restaurant is very nice and they are open from noon to 8pm everyday but Sunday. If you’re in town you might want to hurry over while they are running a special of a large pizza with 3 toppings for $10.
We will be doing more walking in the future and there will be more pictures but to close I thought I would put one more in and see if anyone knows where it was taken.
Dale and Joan