A fabulous weekend of amazing art!
This past weekend was the celebration of Cuenca's independence from Spain 193 years ago, and it is Cuenca's largest yearly festival!
For three glorious days, Bo and I perused the vendor booths along with the crowds, making some very special purchases for our small apartment. We are happy with our choices, and it was such a joyous time for us and Cuenca's shopping crowds.
I'll let my photography tell the story!
All along the Tomebamba River and in different areas of the Historic District, talented musicians played fabulous music and marketed their CDs.
The indigenous music added so much to the flavor of the festival.
These were my favorite musicians, and oh so talented.......
......and I bought two of their CDs, which I continue to enjoy immensely.
A very talented harpist drew in the crowds.
It isn't a festival without music AND dancing!!!
Both sides of the Tomebamba River were lined with vendors, tents, and shoppers. All weekend, the weather was perfect - comfortably warm and just a sprinkling of rain!
The Tent-lined Tomebamba River was the perfect place for relaxing and cooling off.
Fragrant and spectacular flowers are always abundant during Cuenca's many festivals.
Some drink too much and end up sleeping along the city sidewalks.
This beautiful aged woman resting hugged me when I told her my name, gave her a coin, and then prayerfully blessed her.
Ahhhh, the beautiful children of Cuenca. How precious!! Love her outfit, and her innocent fascination with the big bug.
Some of the children had their faces painted for the festivities.
There was a huge variety of wares for sale - from those "killer" high heeled shoes......
.......to beautiful handcrafted masks (we had to have these!!!)......
and unique and colorful pottery (and these too!!).
A large tent displayed the history and unique work of the Amazon people. This woman glaring at my camera made sure I put a coin in the basket at her feet. You betcha, I will!!!!
While many were spending money at this amazing art show, the poor were hoping for a coin or two. You will see Luis hanging around the market steps or sitting along the historic area streets, always ready for someone's blessing.
Bo was drawn to these inexpensive stick figures.....
....and ended up buying the $5 colorful Iguana from this humble artist.
We followed this unique old woman as she hobbled along the city sidewalks....
.....all that weight on her frail and aged body.......
.....and when she stopped at a food vendor booth, we bought her meal. She was so tired and so grateful. There are so many people to bless here along the city streets.
Yes, some of our favorite foods will come from the hardworking street vendors. We loved having Llapingachos (yap-in-gachos), a traditional Ecuadorian oh-so-delicious potato cake that is stuffed with a white cheese.....
....and served with finely diced raw onion and tomatoes. Five for $1.00!! Bet ya can't eat just one, or five!!!!