Quito is the capital of Ecuador and we arrived here yesterday checking in at a rather nice hotel, the Casa Gangotena. We enjoyed a “welcome dinner” last night as we were joined by 8 new members of the group. It will be interesting to see how the newbies merge with the existing group.
this morning we were taken on a walking tour of the old town. Rather a lovely old town with some really beautiful buildings and some graceful squares.
This being South America, the tour was a bit heavy with churches, but as I know you would not be interested in seeing them, I didn’t take any photos. However I should say the the rococo decoration in all of them was quite magnificent. A lot of gold and gilding everywhere and the Soanish influence was very obvious in them all.
For lunch we were taken to a restaurant situated on one of the highest points in the area. Truly the top of the world!
It is true that the water goes straight down the plughole at the Equator whilst in goes down in a clockwise or anticlockwise vortex even 2 or 3 feet to either side. It was possible to balance an egg on its end on the Equator line, but was not possible to walk on a balanced straight line on the line. There were a number of fun things like that to prove the things we learned years ago in school!