Thursday, December 20, 2012


Two blocks from our dwelling is a fabulous daily flower market in front of one of the many churches of Cuenca.  One can buy a huge bouquet of flowers for $5.  As I read about the blizzards and storms in the mid-west and I hear about snow and rain back home in Oregon, I am embracing the sunshine and smelling the beautiful flowers of Cuenca.

Close-up of one of the vendor's displays.

An Array of fragrant colorful flowers at Parque Calderon in the heart of El Centro.

Giant succulents surround huge trees in el Parque.

An Ecuadorian woman buys a bouquet from one of the street flower vendors......

.....as other vendors wait for their next sale.

It seems strange to be in the latter days of December and in the Christmas season, yet surrounded by such huge colorful and unique flora.

We love walking in our beautiful Parque Calderon and seeing the lovely landscaped grounds and colorful flowers.

This park beauty really caught my eye!

We visited the Pumapungo archaeological site and the grounds were breathtaking!

Every day we walk for miles and miles, and I always have to stop, click, and capture the beauty around me.

I have no idea what some of these trees, plants, and flowers are.  The longer we are here, the more familiar we will become with our new floral surroundings.

Closeup of this beautiful huge flowering tree.

We are definitely in one of the most amazing and beautiful areas of this majestic world.  I'm so thankful to be experiencing another country and it's beauty.

If any of our readers can elaborate on any of these unique and amazing plants, please leave us your comments and let us know what they are.  It would be fun to hear from you and know the names and history of these beauties.

As another Christmas approaches, we are loving being in an area that is having gorgeous summer-like days, and cool mornings and evenings.  No heaters (yet) and no air conditioners, no humidity, no bugs, and no mosquitoes.  Some rain, but not for hours or days or months.  We couldn't be more pleased with this Cuenca weather season, so far!!  


  1. Thank you Ramon!
    Hope you continue to join our journey via Blog and more wonderful photography of our beautiful Ecuador to come. Is this Ramon from Fotki, by the way?

  2. Very nice,Linda! I can see why you and Bo enjoy it.


  3. Hi Ross,
    Glad you are enjoying our journey via Blog! It truly has been an amazing time living here. We are both enjoying Ecuador, especially the weather and the people we are meeting. Stay in touch. Have a wonderful Christmas with your loved ones.

  4. The little trees are Datura,s.I know only the yellow one, but the all are daturas.I live in Poland and we have to dig them out for winter and the go in the ground in the spring or you keep them Inside in a cool place.The are lov

    ely around patio or weranda - the smell is wonderfull! Eva from Poland.Great blog, I love it.

  5. Thank you for this information, Eva,
    and WELCOME to our blog! Glad you are enjoying reading about our journey and I hope you enjoy my photography of this beautiful city.
    Now I know what those lovely flowering trees are. I looked it up after reading your information,and they are also called "Angel's Trumpets." The flowers are abundant here year round, and it's one of the things I love so much about living here.
    Stay in touch,

  6. Hello Bo & Linda! It's been many years since I've visited with you two. I miss you guys and want to introduce you to my wife! How do I get a hold of you?

    1. Hi Chris!
      What a BLAST for the PAST!! If you've read our blog, you know we moved to Ecuador over two years ago. It's been so long since we've heard from or seen you. How are your adorable kids? If you send me your e-mail, I will respond personally. I'm thrilled hear you got married and I pray you are well and happy. Bo and I send much love.

    2. My email is catlowboy@hotmail.com. I look forward to hearing from you!


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