Friday, September 23, 2011

FABBY: Quito-Ecuador Tour

Quito, the capital of Ecuador, is nestled in an Andean valley at an elevation of 9000 feet. The city is literally surrounded by volcanoes -- some of these, like Mt. Pichincha, very much active. Quito is considered to be one of the most beautiful capitals in the world. The historic center of Quito, known as the "Old City" is replete with narrow and winding cobblestone streets, magnificent churches and open squares. The buildings that line the streets reflect Spanish colonial influence with their balconies, red-tile roofs, thick columns and central patios. The importance of the colonial remnants found in the Old City prompted UNESCO (United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization) to declare Quito a Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 1979.

Old Town
The Old City of Quito lies over the ruins of the pre-Incan city of Kitu, principle city of the Shyris (12th Century). Kitu was later replaced by the capital of Atahualpa's Incan empire (16th century). The city was razed by the Incan general Rumiñahui as a measure of resistance against the conquering Spanish. The city was founded as San Francisco de Quito on December 6th, 1534 by the Spanish conquistadors.

I'm joining today at Alma's great Party at,  "Oh the Places I've Been"!  The Tablescaper.

 A gorgeous pink Spanish home. These big homes usually belonged to people sent from the King  for  government jobs and they were also huge because they had at least 12 children, if not more!
This is the Bolivar Theater, it still functions.
I love this gorgeous white house.  Look at the beautiful door frame!
Another beautiful pink house.
My hubby and our friend, which was our tour guide.
A row of  beautiful iron balconies and houses.
A typical Spanish iron window with flowers.

The Carondeleg, the government Palace.

The Compañia de Jesus Church. there's fabulous churches and cathedrals here, with the inside of them full of  gold...unfortunately they don't let you take photographs.

The Government Palace of Carondelet
I love this gorgeous yellow house with such incredible ornamentation, like the full length white angel statues.
A row of pretty town houses and the cobblestone streets and plazas.
This is a stunning house that it's almost finished being renovated for a hotel.  The house belonged to a family for 200 years, so it'll be called after them: Casa Gangotena.
The inside of a house, most of them had this very Spanish patios. After this patio you see here, most of them had a big garden right in back; with flowers, fruit trees and even a vegetable garden next to the other two, usually for the families use, as they were so many, thus the huge homes.
The side walk around the patios were paved by small river stones, like you see here.
A door with a Christ.

I had to take a pic of this door knocker in the shape of an iron hand
The incredible view from my daughter's apartment window.  The panorama is so much wider than the photo.
One of the biggest not active volcanoes in the world called Chimborazo.  Snow is all year round.  You can see part of it from my daughter's panoramic window from her high rise.
Historic Quito is the oldest and best preserved colonial sector in South America. The famous Escuela de Arte de Quito flourished in the old city and is well known for its unique baroque style. This style is reflected in the rich and profuse decorations of the interiors of many of the Quito's churches. These European influences were combined with the inspiration of indigenous art to create a unique Quiteño style. For its artwork, Quito has been termed the "Florence of America."
With that being said. hope you like the photos I took the other day while visiting our daughter Alexandra.....mind you, I'm not a professional photographer like our daughter Alexandra, and  the old city is so much better in person.
Thank you so much for reading about it and for your  wonderful visits.
I will be linking to the following great parties.  Thank you so much  to the lovely ladies that host them every week.

I'm reposting this tour of Quito-Ecuador for, "Oh, the Places I've Been"!

Beverly's Pink Saturday
Chari's Sunday Favorites
Seasonal Sunday
Metamorphosis Monday
Master Piece Monday
Amaze Me Monday


  1. Quito is a very beautiful city, Fabby, and your photos are wonderful. The architecture is just amazing to see. I like that yellow house too. xo

  2. The scenes you captured are breath-taking! I had no idea Quito would be ANYthing like this! How I'd love to get inside the cathedrals/churches!

  3. Ola Fabby gracias por tu comentario on my blog Ecuador es precioso muy limpio y los paisaje son asombrosso de bonitos bibe en un lugar marabilloso la aquitecturs es increible mente marabillosa gracias por tu atencio de ensenarnos tu pais
    Dios te bendiga ati atu familia.

  4. Wow! Thank you for the tour. Unbelievable architecture! Your daughter has quite a view! I loved the iron hand door knocker! Thanks again.

  5. Gorgeous Fabby!!! You live in such a beautiful area of our world......
    thank you for this beautiful tour..... wish I were there....... someday?

  6. Oh Fabby! I enjoyed that very much. What a beautiful city. I love Spanish Colonial architecture. Just gorgeous! Thank you for linking it up at Home Sweet Home!

  7. Oh my goodness, what a beautiful view your daughter has from her home. The architecture in Quito is is so different than here in the center of the United States. Thanks for sharing, Fabby.

  8. My Goodness Fabby! These are such wonderful photos. What a beautiful city you live in. The old architecture is amazing. Thanks for sharing these photos with us. Blessings, Pamela

  9. OMGoodness, Fabby, your photos of Quito are lovely! It is one of the prettiest cities based on your pictures. I would love to visit there one day! Thanks for taking the time to put together this post for us.

    Ricki Jill

  10. Gorgeous, wonderful, fabulous, and beautiful photos!!!! There are not words to describe such luscious gorgeousness! I love beautiful architecture, I enjoyed these photos very much. I will never go to Ecuador, so seeing them through your camera is the closest I will get. Hope you had a wonderful time.
    Hugs, Cindy

  11. What a beautiful city, Fabby! Thank you for sharing them with us. I love the architecture and the view is fantastic. The view from your daughter's apartment is truly spectacular! Lucky her to see that everyday...Christine

  12. thank you for this amazing tour of your beautiful city. your pictures are amazing, Fabby. i am in awe of the beautiful architecture. my husband and i are both enjoying your photos. thank you for sharing. i think we need to plan a trip to Ecuador!

  13. I feel like I've been on vacation! Thanks for letting us come along.

  14. Fabby, such a beautiful city and all of the architecture is just unreal. I so enjoyed all the pictures. What a fabulous place to visit. Your daughter is lucky to live in such a wonderful place and her view is stunning. I also loved your previous post of her dining room. It is truly beautiful and such a lovely tablescape. Hugs, Marty

  15. Fabby, Thank you for sharing the beautiful churches and homes of Quito. The architecture is gorgeous and the view from your daughter's appartment is breath taking. The yellow house with the angels is my favorite, beautiful.
    Happy weekend.


  17. Wow Fabby....what a beautiful chance for us to share in some beautul and rare photos thank you for sharing, just loving it!


  18. Fabby, What beautiful architecture and the view from your daughter's apartment is amazing.

  19. What a beutiul city. I just love how detailed the buildings are. You capture the city very well. I just love building structures.

  20. oh my goodness. Such amazing photos. I'm so glad you've shared this with us. We get to travel to incredible places via blogland. so happy to have you be a part of Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

  21. Happy pinkness...Happy Autumn....I am so excited for Fall, I know you are too !!It just makes me want to cozy up...enjoy your week-end!
    God Bless You

  22. Beautiful arcitecture. I love that ornate door frame, and the hand knocker. Great photos, Fabby.

  23. Fabby, thanks for taking us to Quito with you! Marvelous!

  24. The images took my breath away. Loved the churches and that iron door knocker shaped like a hand. Would love to see the insides of the churches.

  25. Thank you for taking us on the virtual Tour of this Magnificent City and it's amazing Architecture! *Swooning*

    Blessings from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian

  26. Dear Fabby, AWESOME structures!!!
    Amazing that people can build such outstanding buildings.

    Appreciate getting to see this. Thank you for sharing with us.

    May you have a terrific Autumn.
    God bless,

  27. OMG! you really get me into trouble Fab?

    You must reserve a space for me & hubby in your beautiful mansion §:-) then we will be there.

    You're so rude! showing me this. I am now drooling to travel. Hubby said, he got into trouble, thanks to you...waaaaahaaaaa...

    Thanks for sharing Fabby. I will let you know when I get the tix, k?
    You're such a nice pretty woman.

    Huggies heaps,

  28. Hi Fabby,
    What a magnificent view your daughter can enjoy!
    I wish Quito was closer to Europe!
    I've been to Brazil already, maybe next time Quito/Equador will be my destination...
    Thanks for the marvellous guided tour.

  29. Just beautiful! The architectural details are wonderful! I love that door knocker too! Beautiful city!
    Your daughter's view is stunning!

  30. WOW! I love all your awesome photos. Gosh, Quito is quite beautiful. I'm so glad you shared everything. I always thought it was a very poor country. Some of those buildings were stunning. Thanks for sharing. Is your daughter working there? Susan from

  31. Fabby, Quito is breathtaking. I believe it is more beautiful than any European city I have ever seen. All the houses are fantastic. It is impossible to choose a favorite. I loved the pink houses but the yellow home with the white angel is my absolute favorite.
    The pictures are great and the view from your daughter's home is spectacular.
    I feel like I have been there personally. Oh, how I would love to visit there. Sooooo Beautiful. Words can't describe its beauty.
    Love to you, Ginger

  32. OMG I loved the tour!
    That yellow house and the cobblestone streets, oh my, simply amazing!
    Your photos are wonderful!

  33. Amazing photography! Loved each and every picture...beautiful architecture and the panoramic view from your daughter's apartment window is simply breath-taking! Thanks for sharing these beautiful pictures of Quito. Have a great week~Poppy

  34. What lovely pictures and gorgeous inspiration!

  35. What an amazing tour! I love the old architecture! So beautiful and historic. Thanks for sharing the pictures.

    Jocelyn @

  36. Grazie per questo giro turistico bello!Mozzafiato il panorama che si vede dalla casa di tua figlia!Rosetta

  37. Des photos étonnantes... Une superbe architecture... Je suis toujours subjuguée par un tel travail.
    Merci de nous faire partager une si belle visite.
    Merci aussi pour ton gentil message laissé sur mon blog... (je ne dors malheureusement pas beaucoup ces derniers temps...)
    Gros bisous

  38. Loved the tour of Quito! Your photos are beautiful!

  39. Your photos are so gorgeous I love being on site that offer so many pictures of places I dream to visit! Thanks for this awesome visual tour.

  40. Fabby,

    Your pictures are beautiful and serve to excite us about our upcoming trip to Ecuador---Quito, the Amazon, and Galapagos Islands at the end of October. Thank you so much.


  41. Fabby,
    You're pictures are wonderful and serve to excite us about our upcoming trip to Ecuador (Quito, the Amazon, & Galapagos Islands) in late October.
    Thank you.

  42. Fabby, now this is one place I want to go so badly. Thank you for sharing the beautiful photos with us. The city is so charming. I would live in the yellow house for sure. Gorgeous.. Thank you for sharing, gracias!! xo marlis

  43. Fabby, thanks for taking us along with your beautiful images. I would love to visit this city.

  44. I love old towns. This kinda reminds me of Puerto Rico's Old Town but this is prettier. I really like the architecture....Christine

  45. Your photos were fab; the iron hand was interesting.

  46. Incredible architecture, Fabby. Simply gorgeous!

  47. Your photos are amazing! Love all of the architecture.

    Great to have you be a part of "Oh, the PLACES I have been!"

    - The Tablescaper

  48. Hi Fabby,
    What a lovely and beautiful city.
    Love all the gorgeous architecture
    and the window boxes and ironwork.
    Amazing view from your daughters apt.
    All your pics are gorgeous........
    really enjoyed them all.
    Amazing that the one volcano is covered over with snow all the time. Have any
    of those volcano errupted in the last
    years?? The cathedrals were so pretty and ornate too, reminds me
    of some we saw in Germany and France,
    over 40 yrs ago, but these don't look as old. It is sad that the ones in europe are so beautiful and large, but hardly no one attends church in them.............

    Sounds like yall have pretty much
    spring/summer weather all year, is
    that correct??

    Thanks for the tour, it was lovely and
    very enjoyable
    Blessings, Nellie

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