Travel {Dreaming of Terra Cotta and Cobblestones}

By joselle - December 06, 2014

The great affair is to move.” 
Robert Louis Stevenson
Travels with a Donkey in the Cevennes

A friend asked me about Vigan a week ago and it reminded of photos of our trip that I still had to go through. JP and I hit the ground running as soon as we got off the bus in Vigan. An hour after arriving we were in a calesa having a noonday tour of the town. Our driver, who also doubled as the enterprising tour guide, took us to the Bantay Belfry, Paburnayan or the pottery shop and the Hidden Gardens-- a lot to take in when I was shaking off the effects of the scenic 2-hour bus ride from Laoag. But it was a great way to discover the place up close in a few hours, especially for us who were only there until the next day. We also tried a few local delicacies along the way before stopping for native halo-halo at the Hidden Gardens.

The pottery shop was really interesting. You can even sit down and have a go at the wheel, see if you can make a decent pot out of a lump of clay. Looking back, I regret not taking the few minutes to sit down and get my hands dirty. One of the few things I learned on this trip:  try everything! I try to apply this as much as I can when we travel, but it is easy to forget, especially when you are pressed for time, money, both, or just tired. But by golly, it is really important to try as much as you can, or you'll regret not doing it, especially when you are scrolling through photos of the trip!

Taking a calesa tour is perhaps one of the best things to do when you arrive in Vigan. For P350 a tour, you get to have a quick look-see at what the place looks like before doing a more thorough exploration of the place the next day. I would advise doing it in the later part of the afternoon, when it's not too hot and people are going home. You'll get a good feel of the town and it's inhabitants when everyone's out and about, preparing to go home, stopping by the church or the market. A few photos of our first day in Vigan. :)

JP and his wacky face. 

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