Favorite Vacation Spot Bloghop

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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.

DSC00212The 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
3. Melanie Karsak 4. T.F.Walsh
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
35. Pempi’s Palace 36. dcrelief
37. Yolanda Renee – Defending the Pen 38. Albom Adventures
39. Curious as a Cathy 40. WRITING IN THE CROSSHAIRS

About kimlajevardi

I am a forty-something-year-old writer. I'm currently drafting my second book. I've also written short stories, poems, and some non-fiction over the last several years. My interest in writing formed during countless hours with my nose tucked in books. I may have even been clutching a novel as I was born. :)
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36 Responses to Favorite Vacation Spot Bloghop

  1. Wonderful pictures. I’d love to go. Such amazing history and landscapes.

  2. Peru is definitely high on my list! But no guinea pigs for me – vegetarian 🙂

    • kimlajevardi says:

      If you get the chance, do it. Worth every penny. As for food, there’s a lot of non-meat items to choose from. Peru actually has an extraordinarily high variety of potatoes farmed locally. If I remember correctly, it’s pushing over two-hundred types.

  3. Nas says:

    Sounds amazing!

  4. Love the photos, and goodness what a trip. Can only imagine the beauty. Thanks for sharing!

  5. pempispalace says:

    Oh you lucky, lucky thing!! Holidays with alpacas – who could wish for anything more? What an experience AND Easter Island!! My own favourite cannot compete with this but maybe it might be another new holiday experience for you – Special Teaching at Pempi’s Palace

  6. OMG you’re making me pack my bags. Seriously, Machu Picchu is on my bucket list.

  7. Rhonda Albom says:

    What an amazing travel adventure. Your photos of Peru are wonderful. Machu Picchu and Easter Island in the same trip would certainly make a dent in my travel bucket list.

  8. It looks like a fascinating place. My parents went to Peru before i was born and we always had little Peruvian objects and artworks around the house as I grew up. But somehow, with all my traveling, South America has eluded me…

    • kimlajevardi says:

      What a great experience for your parents. It’s good that you had the influence of such a rich culture as the backdrop of your home. If you ever get the chance to go, take it. It really is an amazing place.

  9. Denise says:

    What a wonderful holiday experience you’ll never forget. Thanks for sharing it with us, pics included!

  10. That sounds like a once in a lifetime event! I envy you. I would love to see Peru. These posts are all giving me all kinds of ideas.

  11. T.F.Walsh says:

    Wow… how amazing. Would love to visit Peru one day:) loved your photos.

  12. Wow, that really was the trip of a lifetime!

  13. Bish Denham says:

    What an incredible experience! I’d love to go to Machu Picchu.

  14. lexacain says:

    This is fantastic! It would be so cool to see Easter island, but to see Machu Picchu and all those other places would be even more amazing. These setting sound like a great place to set a novel – people love reading about exotic places and you can’t get much more exotic than Peru! Thanks so much for joining the hop! 🙂

  15. kitsyclare says:

    Peru seems like a total fantasy. Must get there some day!

  16. What an amazing trip! These sorts of places are only savored from afar by me. You’ll never catch me traveling anywhere that requires getting there by plane or boat. lol It’s nice meeting you today!

    My favorite vacation spot – the Pine Tree State #bloghop

  17. Sherry Ellis says:

    That would be a fascinating place to visit!

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