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Sunday, July 31, 2011

Special Tourists

Dear Family and Friends,

Chuck and I were fortunate to play tour guides to some very special tourists this past week.  These tourists, Mark, Teresa, Martin and Marion have been traveling together for over 15 years.  Mark and Teresa live in Santa Rosa, California and Martin and Marion live in London.  Every two years, for the last 15 or so years, they and their children have vacationed together somewhere in the world.  This year they picked Ecuador.

They spent some time in Quito and then flew to the Galapagos to cruise the islands.  Lucky for us they decided to do a whirlwind, one day, Cuenca visit before returning home. We know Mark and Teresa through Audrey and Jim (Chuck's sister).

We started the tour in Parque Calderon, visiting the new cathedral and then went to the flower market.


We showed them where the cloistered nuns live and where and how they sell their goodies.  Mark decided to be a customer and bought some figs and jam.  He put his money on the turn stile window and in a moment he had the jam and figs.

We, of course, took them on the famous double deck sightseeing bus.

After lunch we went to the museum of aboriginal culture.

This was great for us because, although we have lived here three years, this was our first visit too.  We had a great tour....the displays were fantastic.

After the museum we went to the Panama Hat Museum where we were shown the techniques of how Panama hats have been made through the years.

They rewarded us with a wonderful dinner at Tiestos.  We had a great day and appreciate their kindness.

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What else have we been up to...

I told you in our last post that I would share some pictures from our trip to Saraguro.  Unfortunately my camera battery died and I couldn't take pictures.

Here is a picture I made after we returned home.  This is a picture of a necklace I bought for my sister, Mary Anne.

We bought some art for our vacation rental condo.

And yesterday we spent the day with friends in the Yunguilla valley.  Retirement life in Ecuador is pretty great.  Look at these ain't a bad life!

I am going to the U.S. next week to visit family.

I'll share about that with you next time.



  1. Great photos, Nancy! It looks like everyone had a fun day touring Cuenca.

    I love the pics of the Double-decker bus and the Panama Hat factory.

    Thanks for sharing your adventures with us.

    Looking forward to seeing you in September!

  2. Excited to meet you too Gayle. Can't wait to hear your story.


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