Today was a relaxing day. We didn’t have much of an agenda so we did a bit of wandering through Old Town and just looking around. I took some pictures of some pretty sights . Some graffiti I found interesting and some of the old Colonial buildings . We wandered upon a panama had museum. Little known fact….. Panama hats originated here in Ecuador ! Why they call them Panama hats, I haven’t a clue. But all the indigenous women wear them here. We also went to one of the other markets . This one , San Francisco Market is in a building unlike the Fiera Libre which was outdoors.
At lunch time we went into a little restaurant and they had no Menu. They only serve what they call , Almuerzos. So it was a surprise plate for us! First it’s was a yummy soup, with noodles in a broth, and you won’t believe what the little accompaniment was…….Popcorn ! Yep! I happen to love popcorn , not usually for lunch but I’ll take it! The main course was, we think, chicken, hard to tell . But it was served with rice and hominy . And a glass of some kind of fresh purplish juice then a fried plantain. All for the extremely low price of $2.00 each! We were very satisfied with our surprise lunch.
Later in the day when we had enough of navigating through old Town we crossed the river to find the Mall. The Millennium Mall. We wanted to just see what was there. We also made our way to the SuperMaxi, which is their version of Safeway. After exploring the modern area we decided to go see a movie since there was a theatre in the mall. We saw Prometheus, and we were glad the movies only cost $4.00! It was BAD!
We thought this evening we might wander up those 89 steps and try one of the gyro places we’ve seen! Who knows, maybe even a hooka bar after!! Lol! I probably wouldn’t get Scott in there! Tomorrow we plan to catch the public bus to a small town about 20 min away called Banos. They have natural hot springs ! Sounds good to me after all our waking around ! Enjoy the photos! Cheers!