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A Photographic Tour: Peru

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I traveled to Peru In September of 2009, and took part in a Gate 1 Travel guided tour.  It was my first trip to South America and I was so excited!  By the time I departed I’d been planning and doing research for about three months, and couldn’t wait to experience the country for myself.  My preparations paid off – and I also had good luck. My trip was fantastic, and virtually everything went smoothly.  No sickness or other calamities befell me, and I’ll always look back on this trip with wonder and gratitude.  My tour director, Lucero, was great and I thank her for herding our group through her home country with such care and attention to detail.

Not counting the days I flew in and out of Peru, I was there for seven days.  The time flew by, and I wish I could’ve stayed longer.  I hope to return one day, as there is still so much left to see (the Amazon, Nazca, the coastal region), but it was a great introduction to Peru.  What a charming, colorful, and unique country!  The history was fascinating, the textiles were mind-boggling, and the food was tasty.  Oh, and the scenery? Stupendous!  I was in heaven, taking in the incredible stone work at Machu Picchu, the lush vegetation in the mountains, the cracked adobe dwellings in the Andes, and the deep blue water of Lake Titicaca.

I took hundreds of photos, but will only share a few.  Here’s a brief photo diary of my trip to Peru.

San Francisco Church and Convent

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This church, located in Lima, is famous for its catacombs full of bones.  It made me a bit nervous to go down into the catacombs – not because of the bones, but because Lima is in an earthquake zone!

Cusco – 11,203 feet Above Sea Level

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When we landed in Cusco, in the Andes, I could definitely feel a difference in the altitude.  My heart was beating more quickly – like I was exercising, though I was just walking in the airport!

The Sacred Valley & A Little Llama

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The Sacred Valley was gorgeous, and I made a friend.  It was my first llama sighting and contact!

Friendly Locals & Gorgeous Textiles

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We stopped at a weaving cooperative near Chinchero.  Peruvian textiles are mouth-wateringly beautiful.

Chinchero Market

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The Chinchero market was incredible.  I felt as though I’d stepped into the pages of National Geographic!

Machu Picchu

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Breathtaking!  Mindblowing!  Machu Picchu’s incredible natural beauty and spectacular masonry are unforgettable.

Plaza de Armas – Cusco

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Back in Cusco, I enjoyed Qorikancha, the cathedral, and the Plaza de Armas.  I met this gentleman near the Plaza.  Such a wonderful face and such colorful hats!

Sky High – 14,200 Feet Above Sea Level

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This is what 14,200 feet above sea level looks like.  I was moving my flatlander self around carefully!

Lake Titicaca

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We visited the Uros Islands on Lake Titicaca – amazing!  People live on floating islands made of tortura reeds, and it was fascinating to get a glimpse of their way of life.

Coolest Boat Ride Ever…

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Yes, I was a really happy camper.  I LOVE to travel!  And riding on a boat handmade from tortura reeds was pret-ty fantastic.

Return to Lima

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We ended our tour where it began – Lima.  After some shopping at the Indian Market I finally tried some of Lima’s world-famous ceviche and understand what all the fuss is about.  It was delectable!  I recommend Alfresco if you’re in Lima and want some great ceviche.

Please post a comment if you have any questions about Peru and my adventures there.  It’s an incredible destination.  And though you’ll want to be prepared and a bit cautious, you’ll be fine if you read a few guide books and/or visit Lonely Planet’s website.  It’s well worth the effort.  Viva Peru!

Warm regards,
Melody

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Welcome to Self-Portrait Friday!

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What on earth is Self-Portrait Friday?!  Here’s the scoop.  I first heard about Self-Portrait Fridays on Nina Bagley’s blog, Ornamental.  (Nina Bagley is a very talented jewelry artist.  I purchased one of her necklaces years ago, and it’s one of my favorites to this day!)  The idea is pretty simple: bloggers post a self-portrait each week.  From what I understand, it’s partly for fun and partly an artistic exercise.

Perhaps you’d like to participate in Self-Portrait Fridays, too!  The benefits of Self-Portrait Fridays may include: exercising your creativity (finding ways to embody and stretch the idea of a self-portrait), developing your photography skills (playing with composition, lighting and other effects), and engaging in a little healthy self-reflection (what aspects of self do I want to share with the world?).

Photography is probably the most common way to capture a self-portrait these days, but you may certainly draw or use another medium instead.  I plan on publishing photography articles and tips in the future. Until then, I encourage you to take a lot of photos to increase your chances of getting something great, and I encourage you to PLAY.  That’s what will make Self-Portrait Friday fun, should you choose to participate yourself.

I will be posting a self-portrait every other Friday and hope you enjoy the different versions of “self” that I capture.  Today’s self-portrait is a retro shot – something I snapped last September while I waited out the rain under a rock ledge at Machu Picchu.  What a fond memory and what a wonderful trip! (I’ll post about that trip – including photos – in the future.)

Happy Friday, everyone!  I hope you have a great weekend.  I’ll be doing a 13-mile training walk, visiting with family, going on location to take pictures for an upcoming blog feature, and attending a crew training event for Avon 2-day Walk for Breast Cancer volunteers.  Please wish me lots of energy and no problems with traffic!

Warm regards,
Melody

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