As a springboard into summer, some of us are banding together and hopping between favorite vacation spots identified on participating blogs. Join us! The wonderful co-hosts below also have special giveaways on their blogs, and who doesn’t like free stuff–especially books?
Lexa Cain: http://lexacain.blogspot.com/
Melanie Karsak: http://www.melaniekarsak.com/
T.F. Walsh: http://www.tfwalsh.com/blog/
Vanessa Morgan: http://vanessa-morgan.blogspot.com/
Jolie Du Pre: http://www.preciousmonsters.com/
Stuart R. West: http://stuartrwest.blogspot.com/
For my favorite, I cracked open my picture folder and sifted through the hundreds of photos I have from my favorite vacation ever. It was 2010, and I was finishing up my Master’s degree program with one final class–the best class ever. The class involved one thing: a trip to Peru, Chile and Easter Island. Seriously. I loved the trip–especially Peru. Easter Island was a once-in-a-lifetime trip, but it’s an island. Once you’ve driven from end to end and everywhere in between, you’ve seen it.
But not Peru. Oh my gosh. We went to Cusco, Ollaytaytambo, Pisac, Machu Picchu and several other cultural sites, and we barely scratched the surface. The people were warm and interesting and the history was spectacular. Take a look at just a small sampling of what Peru has to offer:
A women’s collective organization showed us how they dye and weave the textiles they make from alpaca wool. Afterwards, they cooked guinea pigs for us. They’re considered a delicacy in Peru.
The Maras Salt Mines cover an entire mountainside and make up the income for dozens of families. Individual pools of water and salt that make the hillside look snow-covered. We hiked in along a beautiful path and then enjoyed the subsequent hike out through a valley. This picture cannot even begin to do justice to the view.
Terraces everywhere. The ancient Incas made use of terraces on mountainside after mountainside. We hiked a number of them. Beautiful sites to behold and great for the calves. I may or may not have been lapped by an older Peruvian women carrying a baby coming down the side of one of these.
And Machu Picchu needs no explanation. AMAZING!
If you enjoyed my vacation pics, why not hop on over to more participant blogs. It’s the next best thing to actually going to those locals yourself. 🙂
|1.||Poppy Lawless (INT)||2.||Lexa Cain|
|5.||Vanessa Morgan||6.||Jolie Du Pre|
|7.||Stuart R. West||8.||Fiction and Film|
|9.||Marilyn Parel||10.||Shah Wharton|
|11.||Beverly Stowe McClure||12.||Andrea R. Cooper|
|13.||Write Game||14.||Harper A. Brooks|
|15.||Colleen Myers – thoughtful, sexy, fun||16.||Just Get It Written|
|17.||Bish Denham||18.||Margo Berendsen|
|19.||Elizabeth Seckman||20.||Cherdo on the Flipside|
|21.||Bell of Peace||22.||Kim Lajevardi|
|23.||Maynard’s Horror Movie Diary||24.||Denise Covey|
|25.||Mama Diaries||26.||Alexia Chamberlynn|
|27.||Romance World||28.||Curious as a Cathy|
|29.||Linda Kay||30.||Avalon Media|
|31.||Catherine Stine’s Idea City||32.||messymimis meanderings|
|33.||Kim Graff||34.||Writing Off the Edge|
|37.||Yolanda Renee – Defending the Pen||38.||Albom Adventures|
|39.||Curious as a Cathy||40.||WRITING IN THE CROSSHAIRS|