Tag: Peru

A Lesson in Colonialism at Cusco Cathedral

So many travelers make haste for Machu Picchu in Peru, they might overlook important sites in Cusco.

Of Gold, Guinea Pigs, Last Suppers, and a Somewhat Swarthy Jesus So many visitors are in Cusco, Peru either on their way to or from the nearby main attraction, Machu Picchu. My own stay in Cusco is little more than…

Bashfully Appreciated Places, 2016

Pisa beyond the Leaning Tower Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

What readers liked to visit over the last year Should it be any surprise that the bashful adventurers visiting these pages have eclectic taste? Their reading habits show their interest—in learning, in history, in practical matters. The most popular posts…

Cruising Cemeteries around the Globe

Grave marker of Anastasia Romanov at Peter and Paul Cathedral in St. Petersburg, Russia Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

Touring Graveyards for History and Understanding I suppose if you are bashful, a cemetery is a great place to visit given that no one is likely to talk to you much. I like cemeteries for the opportunities they provide to…

Bathroom Etiquette 101

bathroom etiquette sign

From the amusing-signs-around-the-planet file comes this latest entry from a men’s room in Cusco, Peru. Don’t vomit or fish in this one. Wise advice, indeed. —Lori Tripoli ~Advertisement~ ~Advertisement~ Entertained by signs? You might like these posts: Cultural Differences: Belize…

Convenience in Cusco

El Arcangel restaurant at the San Agustin International in Cusco, Peru Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

Our stay in room 114 at the San Agustin International is short and functional. In Peru to see Machu Picchu, we stay in Cusco a couple of nights after our great adventure on the mountain. After a couple of pisco…

A Romantic Dinner in Cusco

pink chandelier

By the last evening of our whirlwind adventure in Peru, the Brawny Sherpa and I are running short on time and energy—despite our new affection for coca tea and our hopes of entering a time warp to extend our brief…

A Spiritual Altitude Adjustment at Machu Picchu

Looking out at the world from Machu Picchu, Peru Photo credit: M. Ciavardini

I am so concerned with the physical challenge of Machu Picchu—how much will the altitude affect me? will my head hurt? will I be able to breathe?—that I don’t spend as much time as I should contemplating the spirituality of…