September 3, 2005 and we are still in Quito, Ecuador waiting for the motorcycle.
But we had success today locating our first photographic targets.
We met a "Father" as we where walking the grounds who was puzzled as to why we were walking around with a computer and cameras. When we showed him what we were doing, he was very polite and interested. Then we showed him the old photographs which were taken from the steeple, and asked if we could have entry to the tower. He stated politely, "No, that is unlikely to happen". We then left the grounds to take other photos. Four hours later we returned to see if we could get shots similar to the pictures taken during the morning hours, but with better lighting. A friendly police officer approached us and was also interested in the computer. We showed him approximately 4 "Then and Now" photos which we had acquired during the day. He noticed the old pictures taken from the steeple. He asked if we would like entry to the locked towers. I had to choke up a "YES"! He stated he would return with the keys in a few minutes.
The following old photograph was taken from almost the same location 6 years later. It was scanned from a book written by Sydney Clark called "All the Best of South Americas West Coast", printed in 1954.
The floors in the Monastery were beautiful!
The search was elusive, but with a reason. Sandy and I have walked at least 25 miles during the last 5 days attempting to locate the buildings in the old photos. We had walked by this church, which was under restoration, but never tried to figure out if it was one of the churches which we were looking for....... It was......
As a break from the "Then and Now" here are some miscellaneous photos.
But, back to the "Then and Now".
This one was going to be tough photo to duplicate, based on the fact that the picture was taken from approximately 40 feet up!
(note the long building on the right... it is the University... see photo above)
In order to get the picture, we will have to gain access to this building across the square in the picture above. It was an old hotel which had long closed down. It was all locked up, except for a guard at a side interest. The inside of the building is in the process of being torn out, and shafts for elevators be dug. He stated if we came back in 3 hours he would let us enter the building if we were careful. We returned a 1:00 pm and as the final workers left the building, he led us to the top floor.
This was the reward for returning.
Notice the large statue on the hill that is visible form everywhere in Old Quito.
This is the statue from close range. It is nearly the size of the "Statue of Liberty".
As a closing picture for today, this is the patio of San Francisco church as seen from our fortunate access to it's tower.