Sunday, January 29, 2006


Mosaico and Itchimbia

We started this day’s adventure by going to lunch at Mosaico, a restaurant just down the hill from Itchimbia. We like Mosaico for the view as much as the food and beverages. It is a great place to take photos of Old Town Quito. This picture was taken last year from the balcony at Mosaico. Emily, Terry, and our friend Muriel are more interested in my photograph than the marvelous view behind them. This year, the weather was lousy and we were the only ones in the restaurant. In fact, it started to rain hard and we had to move back from the balcony to avoid getting soaked.

Itchimbia is an art gallery on a hill overlooking the old city of Quito. The building is made largely of glass and is of some historical significance. It was moved to this location and re-assembled a couple of years ago. We visited it last year and saw a collection of children’s art. However, this year we found that it was closed. Before we left the taxi, we asked the guard at the gate if the museum was open and he responded affirmatively. However, after we had climbed up the many steps to get there, we found it to be closed. And it was a cloudy and rainy day. So we were somewhat bummed.

As you can see from this photo, there is an outstanding view of Old Quito from the museum. The picture from inside the museum was taken last year and features Terry, Emily and our friend Muriel Johnson who was traveling with us.

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