We have been to Zazu four times in the four years we have lived in Ecuador so you can see it has become something of an annual pilgrimage for us (their web site is here). Our most recent visit was during our two day stay in Quito at the Hotel Sebastian. The restaurant’s modern building and grey, minimalist decor have not changed although we did see a plaque stating that Zazu is now part of the Relais & Chateau group. The plaque seemed new to us, but Zazu has been a member since 2014….
The Flower Show
The weather in Cuenca has been cooler and rainier than normal for the past month or more. Cloudy, overcast days have been the norm so when Saturday dawned bright and clear we decided we had to get outside and enjoy it. The flower show at the Pumapungo museum gave us a perfect excuse to get out of the apartment….
Arriving in Quito
We arrived in Quito, Ecuador to pick up our plane tickets for a future trip to Europe. KLM offers a senior discount of 50% to travelers 65 and over. The catch is you have to be a resident of Ecuador and pay for the tickets, in person, in the KLM office in either Quito or Guayaquil. We decided to stay a couple of days and enjoy our task since we had not been to Quito for some time. The savings on the plane ticket more than paid for our time in Quito….
This locally well known, neocolonial landmark was originally a small chapel on the same site. The chapel was destroyed (the Spanish word used for this was arrasó, which means leveled) in the flood of 1950. This is the same flood the broke the Broken Bridge (puente roto) after which the present structure was built….
We had arrived at about 1:00 PM for our lunch reservation at Central Restaurant. There was no sign on the front door to indicate the nature of the business inside. It could have been just another upscale residence in the Miraflores neighborhood of Lima. A subtle hint perhaps that we were entering a different place, another world….