As we were driven through the rainy streets the bus driver wanted us to see the bustling port, the ship repair facilities and all the 'new industries' coming to the area. I was reminded of Seward, Alaska. A small city trying to expand and grow and not knowing which way to go.
|Ships hauled out for work along the road.|
The big reason we were in Manta is so a group of us could fly to Quito for an overnight. Quito is the capital of Ecuador, and it located about 8000 feet up in the Andes mountains. The city has a population of several million people and is a completely modern city. I didn't know anything about the city or the country. I need to study so many things about South America.
|View from the Swissothel, our home for the night.|
Our beds were turned down at night, chocolates and roses on our pillows, terry cloth robes and slippers in the bathroom.
|The inner courtyard and small swimming pool.|
|The inner courtyard.|
|Anna at one of the many parks and sculptures in the city.|
|The city is dense with millions of people on the flanks of dormant volcanoes. There are 7 volcanoes ringing the city.|
|At the top of one of the ridge is a winged angel statue that is the pride of the city.|
|The city streets are very narrow and people usually have right of way over vehicles.|
|Restoration work was being done on one of the cathedrals in the city.|
Me and Mary Kay in the lobby of the hotel waiting for the bus that was taking us to a monastery for dinner.
|San Francisco monastery|
While we wondered through the monastery and was served with drinks and appetizers, discretely stationed monks and/or their staffs directed us to places, like restrooms. The building was all stone, lit dimly throughout with uneven rock floors that were difficult to walk on in heels. It didn't take long to get turned around in the long stone hallways, especially in the almost darkness.
|The dining room.|
|Our dinner menu|
|Our dinner expertly served by the staff of the Swissotel.|