Wednesday, June 06, 2012

Mines View Park and Good Shepherd Convent (May 15, 2012)

After we heard mass, we returned to our hotel to have a hearty breakfast. Then we took a cab to Mines View Park. We were dropped off in this very commercialized section where there were concrete shops selling all sorts of items.

Then D led me through this maze of cobble stoned steps with stalls selling souvenir items (pasalubongs) on both sides. There were food, garments and little bric bracs for sale. There were a couple of St. Bernard dogs for hire so you can have your picture taken with them. They were quite big and dare I say they exuded quite an unpleasant odor so no thanks! :D There were also some ponies which you can ride for a fee and yet again have your picture snapped. Other stalls offered genuine Igorot head dress and 'bahags' which you can wear for another photo opportunity.

But we weren't interested. I was looking forward to the fantastic view of the gold and copper mines and the Cordillera mountains. After winding through all these stalls, we reached the Gazebo or the main observation deck of the park. Gorgeous scenery to behold!

After taking a ton of pictures, it is time to move on as more people show up to jostle for space in that tiny gazebo viewing deck. We stopped by the stalls to buy some tees and wooden items for pasalubongs. Holding my breath as we once again passed by those huge St. Bernard dogs!

Next destination: The Good Shepherd Convent which is a fair walking distance away from Mines View Park.

We dropped by the garden of Ste Marie Euphrasie Pelletier, a well manicured garden which contains the Stations of the Cross. It is a serenely peaceful place perfect for solemn reflection and meditation.

A visit to the Good Shepherd Convent won't be complete unless you stop by their shop to buy their famous strawberry jams, jars of peanut brittle and ube jams.

It was already way past our lunch time as we left with our backpacks heavier with those pasalubongs. It was time to head back to the hotel to deposit our buys!


Kayni said...

What was the weather like in Baguio while you were there? I love walking there too. I only use jeepneys if the destination is really far, but walking is a great way to explore the city.

Daphn3 LaurA said...

The temperatures ranged between 15 to 25 deg Celsius. Quite pleasant!
A far cry from the 36 deg C in Manila.

I made sure I had a pair of good walking shoes because I knew we would do a lot of exploring by foot!