Casa Foch Bed & Breakfast. Mi casa lejos de casa.
(My home away from Home)
This is where I stayed in Quito.
Very nice room. Beautiful hardwood
floors that were buffed to a shine every day.
One interesting feature. I had to call down
to the desk every
time I wanted hot water.
There was always cold, but hot was on demand
No additional charge through.
always two bottles of drinking water as well
No, you do not drink tap water outside the US!
out over a small portion of Quito from a restaurant we ate at up on a hilltop.
This is another building that I am unable to identify.
can help, please contact me.
Rising up from the
middle of Quito's Old Town is Panecillo Hill. From the top of the hill, the famous winged Virgin of the Apocalypse gazes
upon the city, supposedly protecting it from the many volcanoes that surround Quito. The statue is a copy of a 17th century
painting by Bernardo de Lagarda. It is said that Lagarda modeled his painting after the typical Quiteña of his time
(without the wings of course) The virgin stands on top of a globe and is stepping on a snake, which is a classic Madonna
iconography.Less traditional are the wings. Locals claim that she is the only one in the world with wings like an angel.This
statue is constructed of aluminum and is 148 feet high. It is a relatively new addition to Quito being constructed in 1976.
This is just one of numerous statues and bronzes
around Quito. Everything from this old bronze to
ultra modern sheet metal works.
of course, the vendors. These two ladies were very nice and had beautiful
cashmere wool scarves for $4.00 apiece.
Obviously I came home with a few.
is the Ceremonial Presidential Quarters.
It has a large open courtyard in the center
These two Ceremonial Guards stand on these podiums at the entrance
to the Courtyard.
I never saw them move a muscle the whole time I watched them.
In fact I had to look closely
to determine that they were real people.
is the entrance to the actual Presidential Palace
It is well guarded by guards with real guns!
This is the change of guard coming on duty at the Presidential Palace
Not a lot of pomp and circumstance. I have the feeling that they
are more business than show.
he is smiling, but I am not going to kick him in the shin!
then they have a bunch of real commando types hiding in the back.
I could see quite a few more staying out of direct
view in the background.
I actually saw very little graffiti in Ecuador.
This chalked image caught my eye
as it appeared to be will done. The artist obviously has some talent.
girls were giving some kind of dance recital in one of the squares.
most of the streets in Old Town were very narrow and
most one way for obvious reasons but what impressed me
most was the cleanliness of the entire country. No
paper laying around, no urban tumbleweeds (plastic sacks)
or even cigarette buts for that matter. Even in the
countryside, the homes were small but in good repair
and NO trash! Nothing like we are used to seeing in Mexico.
they are everywhere! KFC and McDonalds.