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Loja--a really nice & friendly City...

We arrived in Loja Sunday afternoon with a general idea of where most of the hotels were located.  First thing that caught our eye was this musical overpass.  If you look closely, you will see all manner of musical instruments.



We drove along this boulevard, hoping that there would be hotels close by...about a mile later, we were surrounded by about six hotels, most of which we had read about on the Internet.  I parked in a loading zone and sent Rox in to see about rooms and rates.  She was back in a few minutes with a bell man in tow, saying that she had found a room and parking.

So...off we go with luggage to a really nice Otis elevator and up to the top floor.  I was pretty astounded when I saw our $48.00 room (including all taxes and breakfast)--It was the penthouse suite!!!


The breakfasts were just great!!!  lots of fruit, four kinds of fresh juice--mostly from fruits that I didn't even know about...egg dishes, potatoes, all kinds of rolls, marmalades, and great coffee...

Here's how it looks from the outside.  Look up to see the two arched windows to the left of the corner of the top floor, then follow along to the right to the next three or four.  Our room even had its own dining room!

The hotel is the Grand Hotel Loja, and the room is 508.  Rox looked at a couple of others, then this one, and asked the bellman if it was the same price, he gulped, and said "yes"...Here we are after dinner was served...

We liked eating in our own place so much, that we never tried to find other restaurants...just had room service in our room.  Since we are furnishing our own drinks, the cost was about half that of having the same meal in the hotel restaurant...we felt really spoiled...

Here is a shot of the street and river from our window...These trees were the home to lots of green parrots and a bunch of other colored birds that we couldn't recognize.  We watched them skitter around, make all kinds of parrot noises, and generally just be happy.

The room was filled with original art...I particularly liked this artist who is famous in Quito...

 

Here are some shots of the streets and people's market.  Notice that there is no shortage of paint in this clean and friendly town.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And, you don't have to guess why the chicas look so good at the clubs...

 

 

Rox took several shots of the kids...

 

 

 

 

 

How about a couple of shots of Don and Sancho...

 

Now these city gates were a lot of fun to shoot...so we might be over doing it...but they were presented to the city in 1570...to give you a sense of historical perspective.







Posted on Sat, August 16, 2008 at 08:12AM by Registered CommenterBob & Roxanne | CommentsPost a Comment

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