The other were still asleep when I woke up around 5:00am. I lay there until I forced myself to get up and take a bath. I wanted to take some early morning shops of the town before the shops opened and before the other tourists woke up and started roaming the streets.

Vigan, Ilocos Sur

In my previous post, I described the hotel as reminiscent of some retreat house… here is a glimpse of what I mean.

Vigan, Ilocos Sur

As it was Palm Sunday, vendors lined the street next to the Cathedral with palms of all sorts… waiting for church-goers to get them blessed.Vigan, Ilocos Sur

Calesas lined up the side of the cathedral.

Vigan, Ilocos Sur

Dawn mass on Palm Sunday.

Vigan, Ilocos Sur

Got to walk up to the “old looking” McDonald’s.

I then proceeded to walk back to Calle Crisologo and see how it looks at dawn.

Vigan, Ilocos Sur

A little eerie… But nice. With all the shops closed, the old Spanish-era street brings us back through time.

Vigan, Ilocos Sur

Vigan, Ilocos Sur

Vigan, Ilocos Sur

After roaming around for around 45 min, I walked back to the hotel and woke up the two.

We went to have breakfast in the hotel and ordered, of course, Vigan Longanisa.

Vigan Longanisa

After breakfast we went back to the shops for some last minute items.

Vigan

Vigan, Ilocos Sur

We then proceeded to load up the car and start heading back. We left Vigan at around 9:15 am. We had a long drive ahead of us, and a few more places to go to. Vigan was not the only objective of the trip.

All in all, it was a great trip. The experience of seeing these preserved buildings was quite an experience. I’m glad this finally pushed through.

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