Saturday, December 3, 2022

La Martina

From Puerta de Canoas we continued on to La Martina. Lots to do and see in a very short drive. And the weather was perfect. 

First we took a very sort detour to check out the cemetery on the road to Los Limones. At first glance it looks like a small housing development. They are grouped by family members. 

This must be a rather well to do family. 
The part of the cemetery for regular people.
Then on to La Martina for lunch. Every time we go there it gets more colorful with all the plants blooming. 
The African tulip tree (spathodea campanulata) [also known as the fountain tree, pichkari or nandi flame] in bloom. It is spectacular. 

These bougainvillea are the size of a car.
The chapel up on the hill. 
Entrance to restaurant.. 
The tile floor. 
From our table looking down over the big yard to one of the smaller buildings. 
I had quesadillas - with meat. Very good but too much to finish. 
Hard to get a picture of this interesting table. 
Matching chairs and a matching bench. 
The big beautiful chandelier.. 
I like this - looks like people have been touching it, there is now a do not touch sign under it. 
Back outside. 
Another pretty flowering bush.; 
Lots of erosion going on. The chapel sits on top of this hill.

Two little planters. 
Just a pretty scene. 

From here we went to the distillery. 

Friday, December 2, 2022

Puerta de Canoas

Yesterday we had a busy day. We took our neighbors here in the RV park on a tour. They are our Captured Tourists for now. We went to Puerta de Canoas, a brief stop at a cemetery, on to La Martina for lunch then to the Tequila Distillery. It is just a short drive to Puerta de Canoas. 

There are as of the 2020 census there are 347 people living in Puerta de Canoas. Entering the town. I don't know if the restaurant is still open or not. 

Following the road to the ranch of the horse trainer. 
Just pretty flowers. They need a good rain to wash all the road dust of of them. 
Bill talking to the trainer asking if we could come in and visit with the horses. He trains the horses to dance for other people. He has about six horses there this time. And he has expanded his stable area quite a bit. There used to be a home next to him, now it is stalls for horses. Giving this guy a bath. 
One of the horses watching us. 
There were chickens running all over the place. This is one colorful guy. And he knew it. Strutting around and crowing. 
He gave us a couple of demonstrations of the dancing. This is the horse he was  bathing. The horse is three years old and he has only been in training for a few months. 

Then he brought this one out. He was beautiful. 

Turn your sound on for both videos. 

Any one who knows me knows that I love chickens. So here are some more chicken pictures. Another pretty rooster. 
Mama and one of her babies. 
Passing the plaza and the small church. 
This home is painted so pretty in the front. 
One of the really older buildings. 
The side of it as we turned the corner . 

And this is where we were going, The house of the ladies who make the wonderful candy. 

Lots and lots of candy waiting to be packaged up. It is quite soft when formed so it needs to harden up a little bit on the outside to hold its shape.

Bill taking to the owner as she rolls candy into balls and then rolls them in chopped pecans. 
The candy is made of milk and sugar cooked to a semi hard consistency. 
Did we buy any, of course we did. A box of the ones rolled in the nuts. I forgot how much I liked them. Need to get another box!
Just some views of the town.
Except for the street coming into town which is paved all the rest are dirt. 
Again just painted in front.
Several of these pretty bushes covered in bright yellow flowers. 

One block has several very new and modern homes on it. 

Again one of the older buildings. 

Back out to the highway and heading to La Martina for lunch.