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“When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.” ― Maya Angelou”

Ramon touches up the entrance...

Ramon touches up the entrance at Hotel Ciragan…

My dear friend, Gloria, who owns Hotel Ciragan, often refuses my money when I stay at her place in town. “You owe me nothing,” she smiles in her elegant style. “That’s OK,” I accept with a smile, “Two can play this game…”

Sometimes it's very easy to dress up a plain wall...

Sometimes it’s very easy to dress up a plain wall…

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From 2014 – (Before the bright new colors were introduced outside)

Rooms 5 and 6 in the front 'older' section.

Rooms 5 and 6 in the front ‘older’ section.

Now whenever possible, I show up with paints and brushes, and I try to leave a little smile for others to enjoy. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

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The ‘bridge’ between the original area and the new complex.

When I don’t paint anything, I insist on a compromise, and I make sure to leave a tip for the sweet people on staff… PA300195 ciragan numbers

Ciragan stonework on new area

Ciragan stonework on new area

Numbers for Ciragan

Numbers for Ciragan

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The simple-white mirror seemed lost, and the faux white tile and plumbago (from the gardens) adds interest to the bathroom.

It’s lovely to accept gifts gracefully, and it’s also fun to give with a cheerful heart! (Room Rates at Hotel Ciragan:  $   25 singl    $  35 double     $  45 triple…) Phone:  Jama/Manabi/Ecuador:  2410153

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(El Matal Update:  This morning’s waves were large and fierce, though they rolled in on a slightly-lower tide.  The lower end of El Matal suffered more than the upper end.  Here are a few photos from this morning’s walk.

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This fits well with the WordPress Daily Prompt of ‘Barter,” which came out two days after this was published.  (I almost titled this “Bartering with Art.”)   I’m heading home to Casa Loca to resume more timeouts for art – but first I have a waterline to repair!    Z

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