For us, making a big decision (for us) requires information, thought, and discussion. We’d been talking about buying a Panama hat for Joe for the last year (yes, the whole year) as we planned our trip to Ecuador. Now the time had come. We’d done our research online and visited several stores in Cuenca, looking at hats. We’d discussed logistics and how much we could (or should) spend.
So, here’s what we did. We walked back to Homero Ortega on a Saturday morning to find the perfect hats for Joe.
We decided that Joe would also buy a second hat of much better quality (and, of course, higher price). This hat is the one he had always wanted. It was beautiful and light – a true pleasure to wear. We had this one shipped back to the U.S. where our son, Joshua, will find a good place to store it. That hat will not go on long trips with us (where the danger of damage or loss is too great) but will be saved for future use walking about town back in the US.
So, you may wonder, what do Ecuadorians from Cuenca wear on their heads?
What a pleasure it is to know the art and craftsmanship that went into our handmade hats. We wear them every day. These will be the souvenirs of Ecuador that we’ll be enjoying and using for years to come.
Great decision! Love the hats. Enjoy Ecuador for me.
Thx. The hats are so light and comfortable we’d probably use them whether they looked good or not. We are enjoying Ecuador and glad you could join us via the blog.
great photos, like the hats
What a handsome look for both of you! Jack & I spoke of you to our youngest, Ollie, and his high school sweetheart, Paula, who ate dinner with us last night before their 2 1/2 month trip to Italy & France… They’ll be working and eating their way across the countries and meeting us in the Netherlands for a week-long family vacay with us and their sibs in Amsterdam. Love & miss you guys!!
Congratulations on Joe’s fine new hat! Thanks for showing the local traditional hats, I’m happy to see that they are still being worn. Too often these customs have now disappeared. (And I’m dleighted you have a Tilley — but of course you do! — and that it has served so well for so long. Mine is not quite as venerable as yours, but I suspect will probably outlive me…)
How nice to hear about panama hats!
I too aquird one last year when visiting a beautiful house and garden called Stowe,,
mine has a black ribbon and resulted in much better photos of me! and you both!
Im enjoying my garden, which now that the trees have leaves, is not overlooked by anyone.
Its really a bit of heaven, with lots of birds and squirrels.
While I still enjoy reading about your travels, we need your help to deal with some crazy politicians.
Democracy doesnt seem to work! But on June 23rd Im going to vote to stay in Europe, to avoid future wars!.
much love Brenda
20 May 2016,
The perfect souvenirs. They look great, will last for a long time and you will have happy memories every time you wear them.
Very nice and great pics of all of the hats and wearers.
Perfect fun and perfect selection! Also, you guys look great in them. There are so few travel mementos that really stand out, it’s worth the time to get them right. Abrazos – Susan
Love the hats.
The (new) hats are splendid! Love the photographs of folks about town in their hats – very stylish residents.
Love the hats! Definite improvement for Joe. These pics of you guys (a rarity on your blog) and the people there are wonderful.
Love your hats! My hubby looked and looked for the perfect straw hat! When he found it, he ended up leaving it in a shop while trying on more hats for a different excursion!
Oh, no! But that is funny!