Our day in Lima started with some of the beautiful sights in the Peruvian capital. We took an early morning walk in the seaside suburb of Miraflores. This part of Lima has geography like California and neat modern apartment towers like Miami.People jogged past us on the path, enjoying the great views of the sea.… Read More Joggers by the Sea, Tragedy Recalled Elsewhere : Lima, Peru. December 2008.
This is the place in Peru my late father most would have loved to see, the library at the Monasterio de Recoleta. Not Machu Picchu or the remains of the cities in the Sacred Valley, not the walk by the sea in posh Miraflores. He would have best liked this old room filled with old… Read More Don Quixote, Bill Gates and Searchers for Centuries : Yanahuara, Peru. December 2008.
Bowler hats, big full skirts. Yes, indeed, the women of the Andes have their own look. This is called cholita style, and it plays out best in La Paz. I saw one group of women decked out this spectacularly during my day in La Paz. They wore big full skirts made of brightly colored silks,… Read More Unexpectedly Pretty, Oddly Peaceful : La Paz, Bolivia. November 2008.
This cemetery for abandoned trains stands near the edge of the Bolivian salt flats, which someday might help lead the world away from massive oil consumption. Carmakers are paying close attention to Bolivia, whose salt flats are home to the world’s largest reserves of lithium. Batteries for electric cars use lithium. It’s been a tricky… Read More Trains of the Past, Cars of the Future and Hotels Made of Salt : Uyuni, Bolivia. December 2008.
Is this the best place in Peru for a sunset drink? The little rooftop hotel bar on the square? If you know of a better one, please let us know. My husband and I went here on each of our three nights in Arequipa, and liked it better each time. This rooftop overlooks the square… Read More Peru’s Best Spot for a Sunset Drink ? : Arequipa, Peru. December 2008.
Guitar-playing mermaids smile out from the front of the cathedral at Puno, the Peruvian gateway city to Lake Titicaca. They’re a nice little shock for many visitors. How often do you see flirting encouraged in a Catholic church?Catholic art tends show desire in two ways; a virgin mystic like St. Theresa writhing in untouched ecstasy,… Read More Evo and the Mermaids : Around Lake Titicaca, Bolivia and Peru. November 2008.
The procession shown here passed by during my first hour in Cuzco. My husband and I were having a quick lunch on a balcony overlooking the main square when we heard music and spotted the crowd. David encouraged me to run down to the square, where I took this picture and video.//www.youtube.com/get_player Cuzco’s main square… Read More City of Marchers and the Inca Historian Who Fought the Moors : Cuzco, Peru. November 2008.