Monthly Archives: August 2013

Weekly Photo Challenge: Sea

July 24, 2013 – Post-Peru Day 031

The sea is the theme this week from WordPress. As I have lived both near the Pacific Ocean (California, Peru) and the Atlantic Ocean (Virginia), I have plenty o’pictures of el mar.

Today’s selection for this week’s theme comes from a stop on our summer vacation that our family took to California. Specifically, you are looking at the state beach at Corona Del Mar. As a boy, I used to travel down with my parents to the shore and we would soak up the rays while I splashed in the waves. Every once in a while, I even brought a boogie board and tried my best to ride the surf. A generation later, my oldest child takes to the ocean.

Ready to catch some waves

Ready to catch some waves

Time and tide wait for no man.

Very true.

Travel Theme: Distance

May 27, 2013 – Day 675

Distance is the theme this week from the folks over at the blog Where’s My Backpack? and I aim to fit that theme.

During the same culinary tour where I indulged in multiple shots of pisco, our gracious guide also took us sight-seeing.

From Barranco, the artsy district of Lima, we were able to look out across the art galleries, roads, and a section of the Pacific Ocean to see the following landmark in the distance.


The location you are looking at is Morro Solar.

The cross you are looking at in the distance is made of metal, but that metal has some significance. According to our guide, when Pope John Paul II (who is still popular in Peru) came to visit in the 1980s, there were a series of risers built so that people could sit in the streets and watch the Pope drive by. Some of the metal from those risers was recycled and constructed into the cross that now adorns Morro Solar.

Oh, and it also lights up at night.

Travel Theme: Play

May 25, 2013 – Day 673

The wonderful website, Where’s My Backpack?, has posted their photographic travel theme for the week – and if I may quote William Shakespeare (Hamlet to be specific) – the play‘s the thing.

My response to this week’s travel theme takes us once again to Lake Titicaca, the highest navigable lake on the globe. While I and our eldest son were laid up with altitude sickness, the rest of the family enjoyed a great day visiting the floating islands and kayaking on the waters of the Peruvian lake.

After bringing the kayaks back on shore, but before the tour boat arrived to take my lovely wife and my other two children back to home port, my travelling threesome spent some time with a family who lived on a non-floating island. While my group waited for their ride back to the hotel, my two kids and our host’s two children do what kids do naturally. Despite the fact that my brood did not speak Aymara and the local tykes did not speak Spanish, the kids managed to get along just fine anyway.

Flying bear ahoy

Flying bear ahoy

Above is my middle child tossing a teddy bear to one child while trapping a soccer ball that was kicked by the other local child (who is not pictured because he’s being blocked by my son).

Play…the universal language.

In The Hands of My Son

June 26, 2013 – Post-Peru Day 003

Your guest photographer for today’s post is my middle child.

I take no responsibility for the subject of his snapshot. All I do stand accused of is the fact that I have posted them for your amusement.

While we were in Mexico, we stopped in a grocery store where they had the following items on sale. My middle child, being of that age where certain words are deliriously funny (and apparently I am still at that age because I snickered too) asked for my camera so he could capture for all time the below products..

Only twenty-two pesos

Only twenty-two pesos

Get ’em while they’re hot! And just in case, you’re felling tired, try some…

Tony says they're great

Tony says they’re great

In the next post, I promise a return to a maturity level that Sam would find appropriate.

Lone Regret

June 23, 2013 – Day 702

The van is waiting outside. All eleven of our suitcases are by the garage door waiting to be loaded into the van. The house is looking just as white and stark and empty as it was when we arrived 702 days ago.

I am at the front door with my had on the door knob about to close the door for the last time.

We are leaving Lima, our home for two years, and we will never be back to this house ever again. We have had, over the long run, an excellent time in Peru. We have seen new sights, experiencing new things, and ate new foods.

Over a span of seven hundred and two days, we have travelled to Machu Picchu, the city of Cusco, the ruins of Suqsaywaman, and the jungles around Iquitos (to name a few places).

Members of the family have surfed in the Pacific Ocean, sandboarded down the dunes in Ica, and saw a dead pig in a trunk (to name a few events).

We have sampled rocoto peppers, pisco, and cuttlefish (to name a few items).

We have seen a great deal, done a great deal, and eaten a great deal during our time on Peru. In all of our adventures and experiences, I have absolutely no regrets…save one.

As my hand leaves the door knob and I make my way to the vehicle that will whisk me to the airport that will take me to the vehicle that will whisk me away from Peru, I am truly full of regret that I never pushed the button.

Travel Theme: Big

June 26, 2013 – Post-Peru Day 003

It’s so nice to be moderately settled enough in our new home so that I can answer the weekly photographic challenges posed by on-line folk.

This week’s theme from Where’s My Backpack? is big.

On our third day in Mexico – and our third day after leaving Peru – (and once I was feeling better from the insidious effects of altitude sickness) the family, our host, and I travelled into the heart of Mexico City and visited the Museo Nacional de Antropologia.

In addition to many other fascinating artifacts, this museum is home to the Aztec Stone of the Sun (often mischaracterized as an Aztec calendar), replicas of Mayan murals (such as those an Bonampak), and an Olmec head.

As big as those above items are, there is one thing in this museum that fits this week’s photographic travel theme. After paying admission and handing in your ticket, the first thing the visitor sees of this museum is a large plaza. This plaza is not technically an open-air plaza, because there is a roof.

Except it isn’t a roof. It’s an umbrella. The covering that spans the entire plaza is held up by one single pillar. It is the pillar and the umbrella that are my answer to this week’s challenge.

That's a big roof

That’s a big roof

This picture doesn’t quite do justice to the bigness of the pillar and umbrella, so you’ll just have to travel to Mexico City to see for yourself.

A Place for his Stuff

June 28, 2013 – Post-Peru Day 005

After departing Lima, the family and I travelled to Mexico City. Once I recovered from my altitude sickness, all of us were able to enjoy a day of sightseeing around Mexico’s capital.

For this Friday, we took a tour around the Castillo de Chapultepec, a lovely piece of real estate and architecture that I might blog about later.

Okay, here’s one picture from the Castle, but only because my middle child took it and he’s quite proud of it…

Take Five

Take Five

After the visit to the castle, all members of the family (except for yours truly) went out on a paddle boat in the lake that is in Chapultepec Park. See…

Pedal Power

Pedal Power

All that aside, one of the neatest things I saw today was a view from outside our host’s window. As we sat down to a wonderful supper, my eyes caught a glimpse of an odd-looking structure off in the background of the apartment’s view of Mexico City. Take a look…


…and closer…


…and closer still.


This interesting-looking building happens to be an art museum which opened in 2011. However, rather than being the art museum for Mexico City or for the country of Mexico, this shrine to the aesthetic houses the personal collection of one man, Mexican billionaire – and the richest man in the world (as of March 2013) – Carlos Slim. Named the Soumaya Museum, it houses works by Monet, Rodin, and Diego Rivera.

It’s also free to the public.

Nice touch, Señor Slim.

From Lima to Bangkok

August 7, 2013 – Post-Peru Day 045

Our time in Lima has expired, but our time in Bangkok has now begun.

Hop on over to my latest blog, 963 Thai Days, and follow our Thai adventure.

Since I still have unshared pictures and untold stories about our stay in Peru’s capital, I will still stop by this space and publish posts about our stay in Lima.