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100 Happy Days: Adiós Peru

We checked out of our hotel in Lima. We had eight hours left on our last day in Peru.

I wanted to check out the changing of the guard at Palacio de Gobierno (Presidential Palace).

It was so cool to hear the band play “Carmina Burana.”

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100 Happy Days: Miraflores

My last run in the Miraflores district of Lima.

I love all the mosaic art at Parque del Amor.

Cocktails at Rosa Nautica. Amazing view of surfers and waves crashing by the pier.

I ordered a Coco Loco.
Coco Loco

Dinner at Fiesta.

My favorite dish: ceviche a la brasa. This is my favorite ceviche dish in Peru, quickly seared on corn husks. NOM.

Day 53 of 100 Happy Days.

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100 Happy Days: Museo Larco

LIMA – We visited Pueblo Libre in Lima. We explored Pre-Columbian art at Museo Larco.

They had iPhones, right?

For some exhibits – it’s all about the bling.

Outside, more works of art by nature.

Another exhibition room highlighted Pre-Columbian erotic art.
Breastfeeding icons were tame compared to other works in this exhibit.

Also, I think the ladies behind the “Free the Nipple” campaign would protest having these icons categorized as “erotic” art.

Still, interesting.
Day 52 of 100 Happy Days.

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100 Happy Days: Inti Raymi

LIMA – So crowded in Cusco.

Thousands showed up for Inti Raymi, the Festival of the Sun.

Workers at a restaurant off the plaza let us watch the festival from the rooftop. I love this fantastic view of Plaza de Armas.

Day 51 of 100 Happy Days.

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100 Happy Days: Sacred Ground

Mass at Iglesias San Francisco.

Going off the tourist track in Cusco.

The view from Salumpunku, the Temple of the Moon.

Day 50 of 100 Happy Days.

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100 Happy Days: Machu Picchu

CUSCO, PERU – Checking off my traveler’s bucket list: Visiting the ancient Inca site of Machu Picchu.

It’s a challenging trip to do it without a tour company. But it’s doable. We had complete freedom over where we went and how long we lingered over the ruins.
Machu Picchu also left us breathless. Climbing stone stairs gave us one heck of a cardio workout. At 7,900 feet, the site is lower than Cusco. That means it was easier for us to breathe at Machu Picchu.

One of my favorite selfies from Peru.

Day 49 of 100 Happy Days.

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Travel Theme: Shine

CUSCO, PERU – Plaza de Armas at night. It looks like a summer solstice fiesta with free concerts and crowds.


Also loved the shine off this zodiac art collection inside Catedral de Lima.

My entry for this week’s Travel Theme: Shine.

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100 Happy Days: Cusco

CUSCO, PERU – Travel buddies reunited! We hopped on a short flight to the Inca capital of Cusco.

Selfie on LAN Airlines!

A little bit of drama at Cusco’s airport. We couldn’t find our taxi driver from the hotel. Other drivers smelled an opportunity. Thanks to an Internet cafe inside the airport, we managed tracked down our driver.

#kvpperu Lunch with a view of Plaza de Armas. Coca Sours at Limo in #Cusco

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100 Days: Dog’s Life

LIMA – Visiting Plaza Mayor in Central Lima.
This dog enjoyed hanging out at Catedral de Lima.

We did communion at Iglesias de Santa Domingo.

Pisco Sours and World Cup at Hotel Bolivar.
#100happydays Stained glass art near Plaza San Martin. Pisco Sour tasting in Lima. #kvpperu

Day 47 of 100 Happy Days.

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Mobile Gym

LIMA – I’m quite happy that I packed my running shoes. I missed my happy post-workout glow.


I mapped out an easy running route during some free time in the newsroom. I daydreamed about running near the Pacific. I didn’t expect all the smog along Ave. Jose Prado in Miraflores.

The air cleared up when I ran down a residential street.
I loved this view from Malecón de la Reserva.

Benches as works of art in Parque del Amour. It reminded me of the beautiful mosaic benches in Barcelona.



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