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Sunday, March 11, 2012

Sunday in Bilbao, Spain

Dear Family and Friends,

Chuck and I always miss our Sunday walking buddies, Rich and Nancy, when we are away from Cuenca on Sundays.  This Sunday was no different.

We decided to have our Sunday walk anyway even though we couldn't share it with them.

We walked first to the old town of Bilbao.

In this part of town the streets are very narrow.

This is the cathedral Santiago. The inside of the cathedral is from the15th century.  There was a church here before this one that was consecrated in the 12th or 13th century. It was our main objective of the walk.

This is the plaza in front of the cathedral. As you can tell from the narrow streets Old Town is a pedestrian area.

After our walk, we took the light rail and then the metro to see the first transporter bridge in the world. There is talk that Cuenca is planning on putting in a light rail system.  I hope this happens, it is a very nice way to get around town.

Right now, you may be asking "What is a transporter bridge?"  Well, I have a picture of this one for you.  The yellow arrow is pointing to the gondola that carries people and cars across the river.

Here is a closer view of the gondola.  It hangs by cables from the steel structure that spans the river.

This structure was built in 1893 and is, of course, still in use today.  We rode across the river in it for 30 cents each.

Recently is was named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

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Now, just for fun I will show you Chuck's recent "menu of the day" meal.

In Cuenca many restaurants have a set menu that they serve. The cost varies from $1.50 to about $3.50.  It is all inclusive including dessert and drink.

This is his soup, a chicken stock with noodles, strips of boiled egg and ham.

His main course of salad and fish.

A big piece of bread.

And flan for dessert.

This is the amount that he paid.

That is right....9.50 Euros.  And considering what meals cost here, that was a real good buy.

It is a good thing we are living in Ecuador and not in Europe.

Tomorrow we are on the road again.


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