Thursday, November 15, 2018


"I know what you are up to, and I will have none of your bullshit, young lady!"
(Dog seen in Cusco)
Our first night in Cusco was really crappy (pardon the pun; you'll understand in a moment.)

Monday, November 12, 2018

Machu Picchu

View of the Andes from Machu Picchu.
And now, ladies and gentlemen, the post you've all been waiting for: Machu Picchu!

Friday, November 9, 2018


Ollantaytambo, pronounced oll-hyan-tay-tam-bo. Say it three times, fast! This picturesque little village was a pleasant surprise on this trip. We stayed for two nights, and I would gladly have stayed longer.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Heading for the Hills

A woman "harvests" salt at the salineras de Maras.
[Please forgive me for the photos in this post. As I intimated in my first post about Peru, I bought a new camera the night before we left Ottawa. Somehow, I set the camera to "Portrait" mode which blurs the image. Intentionally! I've used Photoshop to recover some of the details, but it was extremely frustrating to deal with at the time.]

When I was planning our trip, the travel agent suggested many things — and I accepted them without much thought, really. We ensured a leisurely pace (at least two nights in each location, occasional free mornings or afternoons), but ensured that we made the most of our trip.

Consequently, there were many pleasant surprises for us, including the salineras de Maras  (the Maras salt mines), which was our first stop after flying to Cusco from Lima.

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Orange-Cranberry Sauce

Getting ready to dollop cranberry sauce on a turkey sandwich.
A few facts:
  1. I love turkey.
  2. I love Thanksgiving leftovers.
  3. Turkey without cranberry sauce is like a present without a bow.
  4. I have never had a canned cranberry sauce that I liked.
Over the years, my sauce has evolved from the basic sugar + water + cranberries into a more unique sauce. Having been asked a couple of times for the recipe, I finally decided to put it in print.

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