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Friday, October 13, 2017

Discovering the Calles (streets) of Cuenca

Aloha Everyone,

A street sweeping truck comes around 7:00 am passing in front of our apartment building on Calle Alfonso VIII. It probably goes all the way up to where the old fortification wall is located, then returns to sweep the other half of the street.  

Main street as well as small narrow cobble stone streets are meticulously cleaned every day. The work is done by elderly gentlemen using brooms, brushes and other cleaning equipment.

Most streets in the Old Town are meant for pedestrians. Curving, steep circuitous routes are great for my cardiovascular exercise. Delightful, picturesque and photogenic are words insufficient to describe this charming hill town.  

Starting yesterday, Spaniards are celebrating one of their national holidays and the Old Town of Cuenca is absolutely packed with day tourists. J.J. and I had to be a little more assertive to secure seats for our la cena (lunch). We stand around waiting for someone to vacate a table and grab it even before it is cleared. Lunch is usually 1:00 to 4:00 pmDinner is 8:00 pm to 2:00 am. I will write about gastronomy tomorrow.

Please enjoy our photographic tour.

Aloha -- Cathi