Monday, March 4, 2013

First day in Sucre

The temple is closed for maintenance for two weeks.  Some of the missionaries went to Machu Picchu and Cuzco.  We had already been there with Andrew, so we decided to go to Sucre with President John and Sister Chris Norman.  We flew from Cochabamba to Sucre.  We were in the air for 25 minutes - my kind of flight.  After we got into our "Bed and Breakfast" (Casa Verde) we walked down to main plaza.  This is the principal and largest of the 26 cathedrals in Sucre.  We went to a Thursday morning mass with the Arch Bishop giving a special address on the day the Pope retired.  It was very interesting to say the least.

We are on the sidewalk looking toward the cathedral again and a government building.  On the right is the very edge of the big plaza.  It was beautiful.

President and Sister Norman and Elder Dibb on the street across from the plaza.  We enjoyed a nice lunch on a balcony overlooking the park and then visited a famous home just to the right of Elder Dibb.

Our first stop was the Recoleta on a hill above the city.  It is an old convent that has been converted into a museum and a Catholic Church remains on the sight.  This is a picture of Sucre from the Recoleta.

Across from the Recoleta is a large plaza with a fountain and people selling their woven purses, bracelets, etc.  This little mother has her daughter and you can see her son just walking out of the picture.  She is weaving a bracelet.

This is the wishing tree.  It is hundreds of years old.  If you go around it 3 times to the left, your wishes have to do with matrimony.  If you go to the right, you can wish for anything else.  Since we are already married, we all went around it to the right and made wishes. 

These are beautiful, carved seats in the church.  They represent the 26 Jesuit priests that were killed in the 1500's in Japan.  The Jesuit priests had a strong presence in Bolivia.  The seats are very beautiful, but would be very uncomfortable to sit on for very long.

This is the chapel at the Recoleta.

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