The lost market

Added 07 Nov 2013

This morning we visited Jose Jimenez’s IKAT weaving workshop. The Jimenez family are one of only a few exponents of this tie-dye technique where threads are coloured before weaving an intricate pattern using a back strap loom. Colours are created from plants and minerals found in the garden or collected nearby. Eye-catching shawls and garments are the end result.

Our excursion continues to the small town of Gualaceo. Richard wants to show us the typical local food market in the main square. We arrive in town to be told the market has moved. We are directed to a new location which turns out to be a covered market but this is not it. However we take a wander and buy up the pineapple concession. Whole fresh pineapples are cut up into huge thirst quenching slices!

After some free time to visit the church and the garden square we are told of another possible location for the food market. We set off. We ask a policeman for directions. We drive up side streets. Eventually we find a new building housing another covered market. We are not convinced it is the correct market but we buy up some interesting fruits to show at lunch time.

Hosteria Uzhupud is our lunch venue. It is a hotel with a difference, especially beautiful gardens and courtyards. The sun is shining and the views wonderful. We enjoy lunch al fresco in the main courtyard followed by a fruit market “Master Chef” demonstration with Santiago and Dawn.

Back in Cuenca we enjoy dinner at the Villa Rosa Restaurant. A rather special evening with wonderful food, roses and copious amounts of free wine!