Out for a walk beside the Ottawa River in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada!
Where are Kevin and Ruth now? Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

Where are Kevin and Ruth going next? Heading to Nova Scotia around August 1st.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

If you have to ask, you can't afford it.

We woke up to rain yesterday morning and simply stayed in the motorhome. Ruth made a big pot of pea soup and we had that for lunch before going out. By that time, the rain had stopped, but it was still overcast and fairly cool for the rest of the day.

Ruth had a list of buildings that she wanted to see, so off we went.

We had driven by a large park on our way here last Sunday, so we started off in that direction. Parque Alamada Hidalgo has been a city park since 1793, and it takes up a full block. But when we got there, the gates were closed. Perhaps it is closed every Wednesday, or maybe this was a one time  thing. No idea. There were people in there cleaning though.

Taken through the gates.

Zoomed in on the statue at the center of the park.

We'll go back there another day and hopefully it will be open then. We continued on up to Plaza de Armas where the dog fountain is.

In the Plaza de Armas

No idea what this is supposed to signify!

The Plaza de Armas is a nice area and has some expensive hotels and eateries. We went into one hotel just to have a look. The Meson de Santa Rosa Hotel is gorgeous. But as they say, if you have to ask, you can't afford it. So we didn't ask!

But we did look around. Mid afternoon, so nobody eating.

Ruth, in one of the hotel's courtyards.

Nice swimming pool area.

From there, we headed towards the Regional Museum. As I said, it wasn't the nicest afternoon, so maybe good to go into a museum. I was kind of museumed out, but apprantly the building that it is housed in was supposed to be interesting in itself.

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Busy downtown pedestrian street.

We made it to the museum, and they wanted 55 pesos ($4.40 CAD) which I thought was a bit pricey. But Ruth wanted to see it, so we went in. I was unimpressed by the museum, because I guess we've seen enough broken pottery lately! But the building it was in was nice. 

Ruth, inside the Queretaro Regional Museum.

And in the museum's courtyard.

A display of the facades of some of the churches in the area.

An old table. There wasn't much in the way of descriptions.

To me, it wasn't worth the 110 pesos ($8.80 CAD). 

We had to pick up our laundry at 5:00pm. We're finally in an area that has a lavanderia close by, so we paid 73 pesos ($6.00 CAD) to have our laundry washed, dried, and folded. Most places charge by the kilo, and this one was quite reasonable at 12 pesos per kilo.

So we walked back to the motorhome, taking a different route. There sure are a lot of churches in downtown Queretaro!

And this is why the city is so clean. They have a lot of people out hired to keep things that way.

A good deal on a 24 pack of microfibre cleaning cloths...


  1. If its that expensive we would not even feel comfortable there.

    1. Found out that it really isn't as expensive as we thought it would be. Still out of our budget but at around $150 a night for a suite, it actually sounds like a great deal when you compare it to what people get back in the US and Canada for just a hotel room at that price.

  2. That dog fountain is adorable. I bet the cats that walk by think it's just another example of how silly digs are

    1. It is pretty cute! Cats would probably walk by and not even bother to notice it! ;-)

  3. Ruth, I stayed at the Hotel Meson de Santa Rosa back in 2005. I think it was 1100 pesos per night. Of course that was paid for by the company I worked for in Detroit. Beautiful area to explore. I also ate at the restaurant right across from the hotel. A Mexican Engineer was showing me Querataro during my visit there.

    1. Nice! We really would have thought that it would have been much more than that, just by looking over the grounds. Still out of our budget but definitely a good price for that kind of accommodation. Most people spent that or more to stay in a boxy hotel room in/near some of the bigger cities in the U.S. or Canada. Even better when you have your company paying for it.

      Nice that you got to have your own personal guide.

  4. Another beautiful city. Great shots. Can we assume that all the churches are of the same religion?

    1. Yes, it is a gorgeous city, just wish we had blue skies because then it would even look better. Yes, they are all Catholic churches.

  5. There is some amazing architecture in this city and I love how the people take pride and keep everything looking so nice and tidy. I love museums and could wander through them all day!

    1. The architecture is one of the reasons that the centro area is a UNESCO site also why it is so clean, Having said that I think it would be clean anyways because even walking around outside of the centro area it is very clean and not a lot of graffiti.

      I am afraid like Kevin mentioned, we have seen so many museums lately that they all start to look the same, however some of the museums are in some beautiful buildings which in itself is worth seeing.

  6. The hotel is not cheap but it's not prohibitive either. The standard room rate is $120 a night.

    The "old table" is piece of art. :)

    1. You are right Chris, that isn't a bad price at all. By walking around the hotel you would think that it would cost a lot more than that. And from looking at their website it seems that all the rooms are suites or jr. suites. You could never find something like that up in the U.S. or Canada for that kind of price.

      That is one of the most interesting tables I have ever seen. Would love to know the history of it!

  7. Nice looking town. We like museums and go more often than not:)

    1. It is beautiful city!

      Then you would love it here as there are quite a few museums here and it looks like a lot are in very historical buildings which makes them even more interesting.


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