Winding Through the Peruvian Andes

Travelling to and from Machu Picchu Pueblo (also known as “Águas Calientes”), “PeruRail” is probably the best way  to see the Andean Mountains. All the way, the breathtaking views of the “Valle Sagrado de los Incas” will follow your eyes! As we pass mountains and valleys and open fields where farmers lead their llamas along […]

Uros Floating islands – Lake Titicaca

We traveled by boat from Puno; took about 70 minutes. People have lived on the lake for nearly 4,000 years, which is near the city of Puno and close to the Bolivian border. The stretches of the bay at which Puno is located were densely overgrown with reeds. The Uru use bundles of dried Totora […]

Cusco – Peru

Cusco, a city in the Peruvian Andes, was once capital of the Inca Empire. It is located at 11,152 feet (3,399 meters) above sea level, where lack of oxygen is the only thing that can prevent you from enjoying your trip. We saw several people on oxygen trying to recover.  Coca is a medicine to […]

Machu Picchu – Day 2

The massive yet refined architecture of Machu Picchu blends exceptionally well with the stunning natural environment. With approximately 200 structures set on a steep ridge, crisscrossed by stone terraces. Built in the fifteenth century Machu Picchu, our guide explained it was abandoned when the Inca Empire was conquered by the Spaniards in the sixteenth century. […]

Machu Picchu – Peru

An amazing site to see. We travelled by train from Cusco. Just over a 3-hour journey beginning with a series of switchbacks, known appropriately as the ‘zig-zag‘, out of Cusco. We stayed a couple of nights and were fortunate to skip the huge rain storm. Even though with the Fog it was a sensational site to […]

The Big Five – Africa

In Africa, the Big Five game animals are, Lion, Leopard, Elephant, Rhinoceros and Cape Buffalo. We saw many of these in countries where we have travelled including, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Kenya, Tanzania, and South Africa.

Thorn Bugs – Costa Rica

Saw numerous Thorn bugs ( Umbonia crassicornis) on twigs in Costa Rica.  These thorn-like bugs discourage birds and other predators from eating it as they consider it is a thorn. When I saw the first few, I thought they were thorns!!

Barcelona, Spain

We decide to head into town by train. Much easier than driving into Barcelona and searching for place to park.  Inside the station we ask the employee about how to buy a ticket . He was helpful although it was still difficult to figure out when and where to get off. Las Ramblas We were a […]

Sagrada Familial- Barcelona

This was the highlight of our time in Barcelona. Antoni Gaudi was commissioned to develop the project in 1883. The Temple was built only from donations. As Gaudi said: “The Expiatory Church of the Sagrada Familia is made by the people and is mirrored in them. It is a work that is in the hands of […]

Costa Brava – Spain

Lloret de Mar I think Pat wanted to move on to a different area more than me, as the tour book described it as a tourist madhouse. It is about an hour away from Barcelona. It’s so amazing to see the coast along the way. We stop at the tourist bureau for information on where […]

Monserrat – Spain

Funicular Today is our day to head to Monserrat . This is an easy run only about 30 minutes drive from our location. We didn’t read much about the place and didn’t even know there is a funicular to the monastery . We stumble upon it and rode to the top. It is so beautiful […]

Heathrow to Barcelona – Good and Bad

British Air – Positive On the positive side, British Air gave us a nice little sandwich and lemon bun on our short 1.5 hour flight. British Air – Negative The bad news was they lost our one and almost never before checked-in bag. What a nightmare! They lost people’s luggage who were on our flight […]

Palace Museum Majorca

There is a small fee to enter this gallery located very close to the Cathedral. The courtyard is full of interesting sculptures by renowned famous artists. We see no tourist around when we enter . We enjoy the views from the terrace which has a nice collection of sculptures by varies artists , who we […]

Arab Baths – Majorca

When wandering the narrow streets of Palma’s Old Town, there are a few signs directing to Banos Arabes (Arab Baths). It is tucked away from the main busy streets near the cathedral. On arrival, there is a 3 Euro entry fee …good deal. A tucked-away and well-preserved bath complex dating from the Roman period with […]

Roaming Around Majorca

2015 – Majorca first visit . We started our day roaming around the Old Town. Many ancient churches and narrow streets with shops selling Majorcan pearls. Not sure if these were genuine pearls…..that is why I decided not buy any. A lot of variety of products in food shops with strings of hot peppers at […]