|The Plaza in Chordeleg, Ecuador|
|The artistic fountain in the Chordeleg Plaza|
This past week, however, the ladies took it up a notch further. They commandeered a Mercedes Benz van, private driver and scheduled a special trip for fifteen (the van's capacity...it turned out they could have scheduled two vans based on the number of interested participants) to Chordeleg, the filigree silver jewelry capital of Azuay province (and probably Ecuador, if not South America). Chordeleg is roughly 1.5 to 2 hours down the road from Cuenca. The excursion allowed the ladies a full three hours of shopping in Chordeleg and then included a slight detour on the route back to Cuenca for lunch at the Hosteria Uzhupud in Paute. This resort offers a fabulous setting and superb dining.. A great time was had by all!
The folks in the US have the Red Hat Ladies but they don't hold a candle to "The Ex-Patriate Ladies who Lunch and Shop" of Cuenca, Ecuador.
|Suzanne (front-left) and "The Ladies Who Lunch and Shop" |
enjoying themselves in Paute, Ecuador