Sunday, January 27, 2013

Salta

Yesterday we arrived at our boutique Hotel Kkala in Salta. The lobby is filled with local arts and crafts. Our room has an unique animal skin light fixture. A colorful hand made throw was carefully arranged at the foot of our king size bed.  We took time to settle in as we plan to stay in this hotel for six nights. In the evening we walked the two miles to the central square and observed a bee hive of activity on a Saturday night. Music, families walking in the central park and lovers strolling arm in arm. The colonial architecture of grand adobe buildings around the Ninth of July Plaza were painted a pleasing salmon or yellow color with white trim.  The 19th century Cathedral de Salta was filled with people praying and in confession, this community exhibits a strong tradition of the Catholic faith. The church had several altars gleaming with artifacts and candles shimmering with silver and gold. We sat for a long time to enjoy the majesty of this place.

Today we enjoyed the comforts of our hotel.The view from the breakfast room overlooks the city. What a delightful spot for our morning cafe con leche. After reading by the pool, we took a taxi to visit the Church of San. Francisco near the central square. The Franciscans began this church in 1606 but the embellished neo-classical facade we viewed today was rebuilt in 1868. After our photo shoot and a quick bite of lunch, we walked to the craft fair where local artisans display their crafts each Saturday and Sunday. I know there are many more things to discover in Salta that will simply have to wait for another day. Dale is reading the Bonhoffer book and also the Paul Johnson book, Intellectuals, so he will be happy to sit and read for hours. Sunday is the day of rest and we plan to do just that! Gail
Main Cathedral of Salta

Young girls hanging out in the Ninth of July Plaza with iphones
The Church of San Francisco

Crafts displayed at the Hotel KKala




                         The 2012 Trip Advisor winning Boutique Hotel KKala







1 comment:

Tolentino's Trivium said...

Gail! Ya gotta get the directions for the bed throw! How darling!