Posts Tagged ‘Peru’

Travel Theme: Meeting Place

You can find tapas, seafood and special “coke” cans at this Barcelona meeting place.
#kvpspain : A delicious tourist trap in #barcelona. Yummy seafood, tapas and street vendors with sketchy $60/coke cans. #fb
Plaça Reial in the Barri Gòtic.

We used this Cusco landmark to guide taxi drivers and Americans.
image
Plaza de Mayor in Cusco, Peru.

I watched friends and family meet for food and conversation in this French Canadian market.
marche-montreal
Marche Jean-Talon in Montreal.

My entry for this week’s Travel Theme: Meeting Place.

Share and Enjoy

Travel Theme: World Cups

I got a kick out of watching World Cup matches in Peru. I don’t speak Spanish. However- it seemed like all the sports networks generated so much analysis, commentary and chatter on every aspect of this international game. It sounded like they talked more about these matches than what I see and hear on American football.

Also, I had my fill of drama on the pitch. It was painful to watch Germany beat Team USA. It felt bizarre to cheer on Portugal, who helped us stay in the game.

More so-called “World Cups” spotted on our trip.
Silver Treasure in Museo Larco
Silver cups inside Museo Larco.

The museum also has this amazing collection of ancient pottery pieces.

Share and Enjoy

100 Happy Days: Miraflores

My last run in the Miraflores district of Lima.

I love all the mosaic art at Parque del Amor.
image

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

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.

Share and Enjoy

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.

Share and Enjoy

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.

Share and Enjoy

100 Happy Days: Machu Picchu

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

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.
image
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.
image

Day 49 of 100 Happy Days.

Share and Enjoy

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!
image

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

Share and Enjoy

Mobile Gym

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

20140620-090225-32545691.jpg

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.
image

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

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

image

image

Share and Enjoy

100 Happy Days: Double Life Art

LIMA – We enjoyed a colorful introduction to Peruvian art inside the ICPNA – Instituto Cultural Peruano Norteamericano.

image
Mark translated the exhibit descriptions. Artist Sigfried Laske literally waited for paint to dry as he created bold, surreal landscapes on earth and under the sea.

It’s the free gallery that keeps on giving.
Art gallery workers gave us brochures and posters.

Share and Enjoy

100 Happy Days: Peru

LIMA – I visited a ceremonial site for human sacrifices today. It’s my first day in Lima, Peru.
image
According to our tour guide at Huaca Pucllana, archeologists found bones from at least 30 women killed for the gods at this site.

Share and Enjoy