|We decided to try another trip to El Valle and very glad we did. First of all we had heard so many great stories that we felt we were mising something. The drive is on a very good road that winds itself up and then down a former volcanic crater. It is very lush with lots of trees, fields and vegetable gardens. The first thing I noticed this time was the lack of garbage on the sides of the roads and how well maintained the homes and yards were. Once down in the town itself it felt like a community, with vendors stalls along the side of the street with everything from used clothing, vegatables, (we bought the best ever pineapple), and small barbecues selling skewers of chicken,beef and sausages. We popped into a cafe for a coffee before we started wandering. There are no panhandlers or pushy sales people, no "good price, lady, come buy from me". We did buy a panama hat for me, bartered a bit but not much. Panama crafts are not appealing to me. Just junk from what I have seen, no jewellry, lots of gaudy pottery that you can't take home anyway and cloth, that could be interesting but Pete won't stop to look. There are hammocks, lots of hammocks, cool but huge!
We had heard about a neat place to ear, Casa de Lourdes, a Tuscany style building beside a resort of similiar style so we went off to look for it. I don't know about our exploring success or the lack thereof, but it took a few turns and we found it, Yay. It was beautiful. The pictures do not do it justice. We had a great lunch, beautifully presented in a lovely setting. I was happy and even Pete enjoyed it.
After lunch we ventured back up the side of the crater and down the other side to home. Of
course, then it was pool time, the gathering of the residences in the Bohio, lots of talk about buying a sailboat, the usual stuff. We have melded into the owners group well, as apposed to the "renters". It is quite evident that some of the owners stay away from the renters and visaversa