Reminiscent of Quito’s Spanish heritage, La Ronda is a quaint, cobblestone street covering just a couple of city blocks in downtown Quito — ornate wooden doors open to plant-filled patio, bubbling fountains and reveal the constructions thick plastered walls.
La Ronda was originally a footpath to the Pichincha River, where people washed their clothes and bathed in pre-Incan times. Later, its ideal location near the river made it a sought-after address by the city’s wealthier citizens. During the 1900’s the street, famous for its bars and nightlife, became a bohemian hangout where artists and artisans, poets, singers, painters, well-known writers, intellectuals and musicians lived and worked. Photo Credit: Phil Hamm
Tacky or fun? 🤔 I’m leaning towards fun 🌈 although I’m not sure if you would get tired of seeing it on a daily basis. What’s not fun? Painting this house (I can imagine). We ran into a local lady who told us most of the cottages were freshly painted for Canada 150 last year. In any case, I thought it was fitting for a holiday Monday pic. Happy Victoria Day!
While I’m dreaming about the Cotswolds in England, I wanted to share this additional photo with you. When I first visited the Cotswolds at the tender age of 6 (OK fine, I was 27 and fresh out of law school but why kill the mood?), the child in me felt like I had stepped back in time to a simple and wondrous place. You could walk unfettered through pastures and find hidden treasures like a traveling Shakespeare company on the edge of the lake and lit up with colorful strings of lights. The good news is that it’s pretty much unchanged, but the sad news is that you can’t just meander around anymore, unless you like being electrified by the wired fencing that now crisscrosses the landscape. I asked a villager about those dang fences and was told that too many tourists were just walking into their homes and picking up small souvenirs (like the family’s silver). And some were even taking a goat or two out of their meadows. I mean I love goat cheese but in no way justifies kidnapping! Sigh. :( I don’t like it but I understand it’s a sad reality in our current world. Nonetheless, the Cotswolds are still a must see for anyone who enjoys the beauty of nature and a glimpse into a past that was serene, breathtaking idyllic and much more honest. #cotswolds#england#uk#beauty#serenity#quaint#travel#stonecottage#natural#charming#lush#green#villages#photography#photooftheday#town#rural#hills#photolove#vacations#carpediem#17thcentury#wonderful_places#escape#landscape#wanderlust#trees#vines#flowers#countryside