Ruta de Las Flores

Posted on Feb 19, 2015 in El Salvador, Photography | 0 comments

Before we left Guatemala, we knew we wanted to be able to check a visit to El Salvador off of our list. So, taking advantage of the Monday Presidents’ Day holiday, we headed out on Saturday to spend a couple of nights in the mountains of El Salvador on the Ruta de Las Flores.

The route has several nice little towns to visit and we stayed at a great little place that had a cabin with a separate room and a restaurant onsite, both of which were key to making this happen with DiploTot and DiploBoy. It is getting more challenging traveling with the kids now, so we weren’t sure if the trip would end up being a total disaster or not. All in all, things went pretty smoothly with them, save for the drive back which was an exercise in frustration.

Here are some of the sites from the towns we visited – Ataco, Apaneca and Juayua.

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Boot Shopping In Pastores

Posted on Feb 2, 2015 in Antigua, Photography | 4 comments

Not too far outside of Antigua, past Jocotenango is the little town of Pastores, where one can procure awesome deals on handmade boots. On a bit of a Sunday whim, we decided to load up the kids and finally head to the town to check out the selection. The only other pair of boots I had were a cheapo pair of ropers purchased 20+ years ago during my first semester at Texas A&M so I had something to wear to go two-stepping.

I really never ever wear them anymore (maybe once a year for the Rodeo when we were in Houston) and hearing about the good deals to be had, I decided it was finally time for a new pair that would be a great reminder of our time here, of much better quality and not to mention easy on the wallet.

There isn’t much to Pastores, but the main road through town is fronted with boot stores. Boot making is this town’s industry. We parked the car and got out to start browsing through the stores. We expected more of a hard sell when we would walk into a shop, but everyone was very laid back and there was no pressure at all. I ended up picking up a beautiful pair of boots for only $50. The price was so reasonable and the quality so good that I didn’t even bother trying to haggle.

We worked a good price for DiploMom at one store since she wanted to purchase two pairs and they were about $40 each. These are all super high quality boots – boots that I am sure would be selling for $150-$200 or more back home. DiploTot even got in on the action with some nice pink boots. These are much better than the cheap, made-in-China pair we picked up at Target for her Halloween costume when we were back home in the Fall.

We were so glad we made the effort to load up and head to the town. I’m tempted to go back once more before we leave to pick up another pair for myself and a pair for DiploBoy to have waiting for when he gets older.

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