Sunday, November 20, 2016

Sunday November 20, 2016 Tour

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Sunday November 20, 2016
This morning I was in El Centro early to meet new arrivals Tom & Diane again.  Because most things are closed Sunday, we decided to hop on the double decker tour bus and we were again blessed with magnifiecent weather.  The tour is a quick way to give new folks a quick overview of Cuenca, especially from the Mirador del Turi.  From that vantage point it is easy to point out the landmarks.  The return trip along Avenida Loja, aka the Inca Trail, is always a highlight, pointed right at the New Cathedral.  
We then saw some musicians preforming in the Glorieta of Parque Calderon before visiting the Museum in the Old Cathedral.  There were a lot of changes in the back of the Cathedral, including the addition of a Mexican restaurant.
We had lunch at a new Buffet located at Borrero and Cordova.  We opted for the cheaper Executive menu and the food was so-so, nothing to write home about.
We took our time walking back and then I headed home to help Cristina prepare for company.  I will see these folks again Thursday at Thanksgiving dinner at Joes'.
Cristina had invited a few new friends for a typical Colombian meal.  The dogs behaved themselves and we enjoyed good music and conversation.
I hope you enjoy the photos.  That was the day's excitement.   Cheers, Al 

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Back side of Immaculate Conception

Some of the beauty at the flower market.

This bouquet is $3

Clear blue skies again today

The fountain was operating

Classice shot of life in Cuenca

Tom & Diane are from Rochester, NY

View from the double-decker bus

Looking back at the Pumapungo ruins

People washing clothes in the Tomebamba

Getting close to arrival at Turi

Beautiful interior of the old Turi church

Again the view from Turi

Classic tourist shot

They are only here a short time, leaving Friday

Avenida Loja, the Inca Trail

One of my favourite views

Sucha pretty drive to El Centro

Back in Parque Calderon

The magnificent trees in the park

Loved this bumper sticker on a bicycle!

Musicians entertaining from the Glorieta

An appeciative crowd basking in the shade.

A flower petal shower from the New Cathedral

Entry doors to the old cathedral, and old pipe organ

Jesus and the 12 apostles

Love this old brass bell

Lovely Pieta scene to the right of the main altar

Jessie, Cristina, Carlos and Luz.

and John..