Wednesday, January 31, 2007


Another friend from the zoo. :) These guys have obviously been at the publicity bit for some time now as they come right over to the fence (albeit slooooooowly) to say "hello" and give you a nice smile for the camera. This guy probably came from the Galapagos Islands (did you know that's part of Ecuador???), and though you cannot really tell how large he is in this photo (he's very big!), you can know that the ones living on the Galapagos Islands are much larger than this one.

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

These Angel Trumpet trees are seen here and there throughout the countryside and are among my favorites, though highly poisonous. They are so lovely when they sway in the breeze...much like a tree full of bells. :) This one is at the Quito Zoo.

Monday, January 29, 2007

Yesterday we went to the Quito Zoo in Guayllabamba and saw this cute little guy.

Sunday, January 28, 2007

A typical "top of the street" view. If you look closely you can see the Andes in the distance.

Saturday, January 27, 2007

Some beautiful children from Quito :)

Friday, January 26, 2007

Gates, Doors and no more...7

This is the final door in my series. Hope you like it!

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Gates, Doors and more...6

I am intrigued by this door because of the mail slot, knowing that there is no home mail delivery in Quito. Makes me say "hmmmm".

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Gates, Doors and more...5

If I had to list one thing (which wouldn't be much of a list) that you find everywhere in Quito, it would be fresh bread. Every block seems to have at least one bread store, and inside you can also buy juice, water, yogurt, pastries and other such staples of daily living. And so today, I give you the back door to the Moderna bread store, a place in which you will find fresh, warm, tasty bread every day. Bread stores are called "PanaderĂ­as" in Spanish. Perhaps we should start adding something like that to our daily posts - then we could all slowly learn another language. :)

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Gates, Doors and more...4

Shown today is the gate to a little preschool.

Monday, January 22, 2007

Gates, Doors and more...3

I almost chose to not post this one because the political fliers stuck to the door bother me...however, not every photo can be just as we like it, right? I do like this particular gateway though - and so here it is. You can just see some graffiti on the left white wall around the corner. Depending on the area, there is a lot of this.

Sunday, January 21, 2007

Gates, Doors and more...2

Saturday, January 20, 2007

A night out...

Sorry to already interrupt the doorways "series" but last night we went to Capuleto's, a lovely, outdoor (but covered) Italian restaurant. A gentle rain had just finished so it was a little cool, but charcoal fire pits were near each table for warmth. The photo here is of the fountain found in the center of all the tables, and the top of the fountain is draped with some sort of full purple flower. This is one of our favorite restaurants to go to when we're looking for a little atmosphere. It was a lovely evening spent with good friends. Few things compare. :)

Friday, January 19, 2007

Gates, Doors and more...

Yesterday I was in a neighborhood that I frequent twice a week and so this time around I took a little walking tour while I had the time. I took many pictures of the different door/gateways as there were loads of styles that grabbed my attention. I will show a few of them here over the next few days. You can see that todays was taken on a very steep hill, which is pretty much the norm around here. I find myself still winded sometimes on a hill like this even though we have lived at this elevation for some time now. Whew! Makes me tired thinkin' of it!

Thursday, January 18, 2007

A cute little balcony today. :) I think it's rather quaint, don't you?

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Todays post shows old Quito again, and in particular the sherbert colored paints chosen to paint each building. I think it looks delicious! Some day soon I hope to get some better shots of these buildings (translation...not from the car) and this area.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007

This is my favorite paint store in Quito, simply for the way the outside is painted. Sorry for the tree blocking the view, but as usual, when at a stop light, one cannot be picky!

Monday, January 15, 2007

What do you suppose they're talking about?

I had a really hard time deciding which photo to post today so I included all I took of these ladies. They have been sitting and talking here for years I am sure, based on the amount of graffiti, paint chipping, etc. that they have endured. You might want to click to enlarge. I drive by these women many times a week but I am always up high on a bridge so have not been able to snap their picture before. We took a small family outing yesterday to capture another larger than life picture I had been wanting and then captured some ice cream after that. :)

Sunday, January 14, 2007

Saturday, January 13, 2007

This is the one of our little strip malls. This section caters to we "gringos". ;)

Friday, January 12, 2007

I don't know why, but I really like this picture. I took one of the whole fountain, unobstructed by the spindly little tree but this one captured me more than the other. Enjoy. :)

Thursday, January 11, 2007

This is nearly the same picture that I have with my profile, but I have cropped this one a bit less and now will provide some information about it. If you click to enlarge, you will see that the base part of the picture is actually the City of Quito - with flea sized buildings. ;) This is beautiful Cotopaxi mountain and we can see this from our dining room window everyday (if the sun is shining), but is a different range of mountain from what I have shown in the past. This shot was taken from the top of the Ruccu Pichincha mountain, to which we traveled 9,843 feet via a cable car called the Teleférico. Once at the top, the views are breathtaking.

Wednesday, January 10, 2007

To quench your giant thirst...

I still remember the first time we drove by this piece of art - it struck me as so funny. :) It is one of my favorites here in Quito.

Tuesday, January 9, 2007

I got out of my car! I took a walk! I took pictures!
Seen here is another of the interesting statues in the City of Quito. This one is entitled "Dos Amigos Del Alma" (Two Friends of the Soul). I think it's rather unusual , don't you? And to top it off, it's exactly two sided - you see the same guys on the other side. :)

Monday, January 8, 2007

Pictured here today is one of my favorite plant shots (I love taking pictures of blooming plants but have tried not to post too many of them!). I believe this is the bloom of an Aloe Aborescens and it blooms right outside our front door as well as the back yard. It is a commonly seen plant here in Quito.

Sunday, January 7, 2007

For sale by owner...

Anyone want to buy a house?

Friday, January 5, 2007

Well, this is no Hennepin Bridge (a nod to my brother in Minneapolis) but it captured my eye nonetheless. This is just a little footbridge on the way to the grocery store, and honestly I don't know if I have ever noticed it before today though I drive past it at least once a week. ;)

Race you!

The City of Quito has many, many statues, made of both stone and iron and yesterday, I was finally able to capture one of them since I had both good proximity and a red light. :) I have tried to find information about these two cyclists or the artist but cannot seem to lay my hands on anything at this time. Suffice it to say, I will continue to drive (safely) with my camera poised and ready to snap statues!

Thursday, January 4, 2007

Todays photo features the amazing...

Spiderman, Batman, The Incredible Hulk and Robin, the boy wonder!

Just a small sampling of some of the little vendor items you can buy here. :) These are finger puppets and popular with little fingers.

Wednesday, January 3, 2007

Red Hot Chili Peppers

This photo was taken in my kitchen as I couldn't resist the bright orangey reds of these delicious peppers soaking in my sink!

Tuesday, January 2, 2007

I have one more Old Man picture to show, even though it's the beginning of a new year! Thought I would show you how people used these at their places of business before burning/blowing them up. This guy welcomed us to the restaurant that we went to on New Years Eve day for lunch - the sign says "Enjoy the end of the year with us".

The power shut off at our house on the 31st (a common occurrence lately) and so I wasn't able to finish telling you about these guys. They are filled with a sort of sand dust stuff and all dressed in different clothes. Many of the faces are painted to be recognizable...perhaps George W., or Spiderman...but many, many different choices of whose likeness to torch. They are sold all over the city for anywhere from $4 or so, to upwards of $20 or perhaps more.

That's all of the Old Men!

Monday, January 1, 2007

Today is theme day, and since I have not signed up yet I am an unofficial participant (and just barely at that since it's nearing the end of the 1st already!). The theme for today is "favorite photo that we have posted in 2006". Since mine is a new blog, there are just a few to choose from, but this is still my all time favorite...again, because of the timelessness of the photo (though taken this past March). Happy New Year!