Out for a drive south of Chisinau, Moldova. Photo taken December 6, 2016.
Where are Kevin and Ruth right now? Purcari Winery, Republic of Moldova.

Where are they going next? Transnistria. The country that doesn't exist! Arrive December 8th.

Monday, January 18, 2016

First impressions

We've been in Queretaro for over a week now, and it seems first impressions rang true again. We seem to be able to get a feel for a city on the very first day. Here it is a week later, and we still think that Queretaro is a nice city.

And it helps with beautiful sunny days. We decided to go for a walk yesterday morning, and we first headed down to the big Almeda Hidalgo park which had been closed when we tried to go there the other day.

As we knew it would be, it was definitely open on a Sunday morning. All kinds of people out enjoying the bright blue sky.

Almeda Hidalgo Park in Queretaro.

Big playground for the kids.

Another parakeet family.

We spotted another parakeet nest high up in a tree. Parakeets appear to be very sociable birds in the wild.

We weren't very far away from the aquaduct that we had visited with Peter and Shelagh the other day, and I wanted a picture of the view with a clear blue sky. It had been overcast the morning we were there with them. So we walked over there.

If you need to buy a pinata, this is the place!

Nice view of the 280 year old aquaduct.

From there, we headed up to the small river that runs through the city. The river itself isn't very nice looking, but they've beautified the sidewalks along the river and it makes for a nice walk.

Traffic circle statue and fountain.

Ruth, alongside the river walk.

And Kevin!

When we go for a walk, you never know how long it's going to be! Yesterday, we did almost 9 kms (5.6 miles).

Today, we're going to a ruins site that is located in a suburb of the city, and only a few kms from where we are parked up at the Flamingo Inn Hotel. We could almost walk there, but I found a local bus that goes in that direction so we'll bus it part of the way.

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22 comments:

  1. Love the parakeets, great to see them in the wild.

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    1. I think it was pretty cool to see that too!

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  2. Awesome pictures. I'm looking at single digit temperatures today. Picked up a FAT bike yesterday for my next trip into Mexico.

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    1. Brrr...sounds cold. I hope your next visit to Mexico is real soon. :-)

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  3. Love the parakeet nests of your last two posts - never seen them before.

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    1. We had never seen their nests before either. It was fun watching them. They are quite loud!

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  4. Despite the cloudy morning we loved the city too. Our tour guides were great!

    Cheers, Peter and Shelagh.

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    1. We had fun too! It just would have been so much prettier with the blue sky but when you have good friends around you it doesn't matter what the weather is like. :-)

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  5. Another area added to the list of places to visit when we finally get to Mexico.

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    1. Every time I turn around I seem to be adding more places to visit in Mexico and we have already been just about everywhere here, or at least we thought we had. ;-)

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  6. More wonderful sites to see and a sunny day to boot !

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    1. There always seems to be new things to see here!

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    1. We love the fact that there is very little in the way of graffiti here.

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  8. Thank you for another lovely post.

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    1. You are welcome, glad that you enjoyed it.

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  9. You are doing a great job promoting the city.

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    1. I call 'em as I see 'em. We did not do such a great job promoting Bogota!

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  10. I lived seven summers in the State of Queretaro, City of Tequisquiapan. Often I traveled to the City of Queretaro for business stuff.

    However, in all that time, I never knew how lovely the City of Queretaro is, until reading about it and seeing your pics.

    George



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    1. I guess now you will have to come to Queretaro for a visit sometime and really see it. We drove through Tequisquiapan on our way down in October but didn't have time to stop and do any sightseeing. Looks like there is lots to do in that area as well so on another trip to Mexico we will make the effort to check things out there.

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