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Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Part 1: Our Vacation In Ilocos Region (First Day Itinerary: Vigan City)

It's been a while that I've been wanting to go to the north. In fact, right after we came home from the states a few years ago, I promised my hubby that I will take him to Ilocos Region. I've been there once way back in the 90's with my late sister and her friends and we had a great time there. I wanted to show hubby the tourist spots in the north.

So last December 15th we headed to Ilocos Sur with hubby and my youngest brother as the driver. We stopped in the gas station in Binalonan and we put a full tank diesel fuel in our van and hubby paid Php900 and then off we went. It took us a while to reach our first destination which is Vigan City because of the traffic on the road. We found out that there were a lot of bridge reconstruction along the way and that lengthens our travel time. Also, hubby don't want my brother to go over speeding. He told him to drive safely and arrive to your destination alive. We stopped for lunch in an eatery along the way and also we stopped in a gas station when nature calls.

It was already 5PM when we reached Vigan City. This city is one of the New 7 Wonders Cities in the World. We tried to look for a hotel to stay and we found Hotel Felicidad. Their rate was so pricey and the receptionist lowered the price but still I found it high. I left and went to scout other hotels nearby while hubby and li'l brother waited in the van but then, the 2 hotels I've been to don't look as good and comfy as the first one I've seen. So I went back to Hotel Felicidad and we checked in there for a discounted price of P3,393 a night for 3 people. Their regular rate is Php3,850 a night. The hotel was clean and all the staffs were friendly and accommodating. The hotel offered a free breakfast, free toiletries and free wifi, only the wifi doesn't work inside our room. I had to go out in the living room to be able to access wifi.

We went out to eat and roam around Vigan that night. We took pics infront of the city hall of Vigan. There were quite a few visitors who were taking photos. We even saw a foreigner with a young Filipina and I presume she's here fiancee or maybe his wife. So my brother was our official photographer, and we took turns in taking photos.

At around 7:30PM, the Dancing Fountain Show began at Plaza Salcedo, just across the city hall. People flocked there and we hurriedly found our way to the place where we heard the music. We saw the dancing fountain and we were so amazed! It was a fantastic water show with lights that last around 1 hour. It's a beautiful scenario for photography. The lights and the music were greatly synchronized and very enjoyable to watch. Hubby and I really enjoyed the show. I learned that the fountain was engineered by a Korean and this is the only one in the county. Great job! It was really hit to the tourists and the locals as well.

Next we walked to the famous Calle Crisologo where the Heritage Village is located at. In here you can see the old Spanish houses transformed into shops mostly selling the same stuffs to tourists such as shirts, blankets, bags/purses, curved furniture, etc. There are also fast food restaurants and cafes, souvenir shops and the horse driven carriages (kalesa). Walking here gives you the feeling you were back in Spanish era, like you are in time machine. It's fascinating how Vigan made such effort to preserve this part of the town.

We ate supper at McDo which is just a walking distance from our hotel. I wanted to eat at the local restaurant but hubby wanted a big burger, big fries and drink.

And this is the facade of the hotel where we stayed at taken at night.

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