August 3rd, 2017
Visiting Vigan City made me feel patriotic. The structures remind me the invasion of Spaniards during the 16th Century.
It was a peak season when I came here. My family had difficulty looking for a place to stay. Most hotels and inns are fully-booked. We never expected that this quiet and simple city has lots of tourists coming in. Lesson learned- have your hotel booked beforehand.
Here are some attractions why I came to the city:
Heritage Village - This street is where you can buy wooden antiques and other handicrafts. There are lots of variation of wooden decor &kitchen utensils.
Empanada - I never come to the city without having a bite of empanada. I love this crispy dough stuffed with mongo sprout, grated green papaya, egg, and the famous Vigan longganisa, served with sukang Iloco.
Dancing Fountain - This is a synchronized laser lights and music show of about an hour. It is open to all viewers for no fee at all. This night show made my sons scream a lot, especially with the song "Let It Go".
Calesa Ride- a relaxing ride in a cart, pulled by a horse. You may request the "Kutsero" (Calesa driver) to tour you around the city to see more historical places.
Pagburnayan - We went to visit an old house full of jars around. All are for sale. One thing is free-you can watch them how they mold the clay to form a jar. One of the family members had demonstrated how to do it, then my son tried it. It was fun watching how easy to do it, but it's difficult and it will take more practice.
Old Style Hotels- I've been to several hotels in the city, and the experience are all the same. I felt like I lived with the Spaniards. They are a lot different from modern facilities we usually see from other hotels. I love the chandeliers, bed, sofa, and the windows.
All these activities were done in a day. It made us tired and hungry, and look for a place to eat. This is the sad part is, we can't find a resto or canteen to fill our tummy. Most, if not all establishments are closed in the evening. It's good we brought some snacks for my kids.
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