Friday, April 12, 2013

Ilocos Norte Qick Day Tour 3: Windmills, a Church, and Restaurant Options

In related posts I wrote about visits to a dragon fruit plantation, the Cape Bojeador Lighthouse, and the Kapurpurawan Rock Formation. This is my last post for the series.

It was beginning to get dark, but we still have time to visit the Bangui Windmills. Imagine twenty wind turbines all in a row along the shore of Bangui Bay, facing the West Philippine Sea. The wind farm is located at the north-west tip of Luzon. 
Up close I find the windmills both eerie and beautiful 

this is to show how big the turbines are 
time to say goodbye to the windmills
We wanted to have dinner at Paoay's Herencia Cafe, but it was under construction. I'll just have pinakbet pizza next time. Right across, the baroque church, all lighted, was all the more lovely. 
the church and its distinctive buttresses on the side and at the back
Ilocano cuisine is very distinctive, with may of the dishes relying on fish paste for flavor. In Laoag, find time for meals at La Preciosa Restaurant. I love their crispy dinuguan and poqui-poqui

eating at La Preciosa felt like dining at one old, grand house
Saramsam is also a good bet. I love their bagnet.

love the quirky details
a wall is devoted to souvenir shopping
And that concludes the series on our quick trip around Ilocos Norte. There are still places we haven't been. Hopefully I'll get to write about them soon. 

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