Thursday, January 29, 2009

Batac and Vigan, Ilocos Sur

Day 2-3 (April 6-7, 2008)

     From Pagudpud, we took a bus via Laoag City and rode a jeep via Batac or you could either take a Vigan route bus which is better because they will drop you off in front of Marcos Museum.  Nothing more too see, except for the ex-president preserved corpse and his writings.  After a couple of minutes of taking pictures, we headed off south to Vigan City.  It took us 2 hours to travel from Laoag to Vigan.

     When we got there we asked the tricycle driver to drive us to the nearest hotel at heritage site.  We stayed in one of the old Spanish mansions at Grandpa’s Inn.  If only we knew the name of the heritage street we rather stayed at Cordillera’s Inn located at Calle Crisologo.  I’ve really wanted to sleep in an old Spanish mansion but I haven’t tried yet in my great grandpa’s house.

Calle Crisologo at night

     Calle Crisologo a heritage site boasts the old mansions and buildings way back from Spanish time.  It was like you turn back in time when you walk at Calle Crisologo.  Antique’s store line up the street where you can buy souvenirs.

     More to see are the Singking Bell Tower, Pottery Making, Hidden Secret Garden and the Baluarte owned by Governor Chavit Singson.

     To roam around the old city, try to take a kalesa ride for Php 150 per hour or rent a tricycle for an adventure tour around the city.

Sinking Bell Tower

At the pottery making.

Hidden Secret Garden

White Deers in Baluarte

More pictures at this link Vigan City Album


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