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How Altitude Could Affect Your Travel Plans – Part III

Peruvian Lady Fishing in the Reed Beds Around Uros on Lake Titicaca (©simon@myeclecticimages.com)

Part of a trip to the Andes of Peru should include Lake Titicaca and the floating islands of Uros. And a visit to the world’s highest navigable lake would not be complete without a cultural visit that includes an overnight stay with a family on the island Amantani and a tour of Taquile.  But if […]

Central and South America / Travel

How Altitude Could Affect Your Travel Plans Part II

The Main Terrace of Machu Picchu as the Sun Crests the Surrounding Mountains (©simon@myeclecticimages.com)

After joining up with the Great Escape Publishing (GEP) photography group and spending some time in Cusco we made excursions into the Sacred Valley of the Incas to visit various villages that had something special to offer. Of course our ultimate goal was a visit to Machu Picchu.

Central and South America / Travel

How Altitude Could Affect Your Travel Plans

Dying Alpaca Yarn the Traditional Way in Chinchero ((©simon@myeclecticimages.com)

Tossing and turning in my bed and struggling to get enough air into my lungs I finally had to admit that even after a full week in Cusco I had still not completely acclimatized to the altitude.

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Taking Stock of 2017:

Sunset in Civitavecchia, Italy (©simon@myeclecticimages.com)

The Good, The Great, and the Bittersweet As I write my last post for 2017, it’s 26˚F outside. There’s no snow on the ground, but it’s bloody cold! I’m sitting in the comfy recliner in my warm office, wrapped in a cozy blanket, lap desk and laptop resting securely on my knees. In an odd […]

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Both Hands On the Wheel at Rocky Hill Pottery:

When Fingers Meet Clay, Anything Can Happen It was a two pound lump of clay, reminiscent of the plasticine I played with as a child. But master potter and owner of Rocky Hill Pottery, John Keddy told me it could be transformed into something functional if I followed his instructions, and I believed him. Simon, […]

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In Search of a Panamanian Paradise, Chapter 11:

Welcome to Boquete

Panamanian Paradise Found It’s a sunny day in Boquete, Panama. The temperature is in the mid-70’s with a light breeze. Simon and I are working at the round table on the patio at the casita that has been our home for the past two months. Otto, as usual, is basking in the sun in the […]

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Panama City on a Budget

In Search of a Panamanian Paradise, Chapter 10: Although we’ve spent our four visits to Panama in the Chiriqui Highlands town of Boquete, our first two trips began and ended in Panama City. We haven’t spent much time there since Copa Airlines started a shuttle service between Panama City and Chiriqui Province’s capital of David. […]

Central and South America / Hints for Happier Travels

In Search of a Panamanian Paradise Chapter 9

A Very Special Wheelchair Donated to an FPI client by the Coronado Rotary Club

The People the Travel Brochures Forgot: Over the last three years, I’ve written at length about Panama, and what a happy and friendly country it is, and I stand by it. But, as with everywhere else, there are some less sparkling facets to this Central American jewel. In 2014, Simon and I were in Boquete […]

Central and South America / Weekly Wow!

[Weekly WOW #090] Biomuseo in Panama City, Panama:

An Ecological and Architectural Wonderland. If there’s anything I hate more than being cold and wet, it’s being hot and sticky. And as much as I love Panama City, it will envelop you an an overabundance of the latter year round. I confess that this was one of the reasons I looked forward to escaping […]

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[Weekly WOW #084] The Panama Canal Museum:

How One Dog Had His Day in Panama City. There’s nothing like an air conditioned museum on a hot, humid day. You can feed your mind while your body tries to recover from hours of abuse trudging around outdoors. This was how Simon, Otto and I ended up in the Panama Canal Museum after exploring […]