Sunday, January 9, 2011

Happy New Year From Peru!!

 On the last morning of 2010 Daphne is in Peru. As soon as she wakes up checks the weather. Today is a very special day.  Today Daphne and her traveling companions are visiting Machu Picchu.
Peru is such a beautiful country. Daphne happily poses for a couple of pictures before they begin their journey.

Machu Picchu can be chilly even in summer, so before they get on the train Daphne checks out the Ollantaytambo street market for some warmer clothes.
She is happy to find this yellow hand knit sweater and a traditional Peruvian knitted hat. She bargains with the stall keeper until she gets both for just 3 soles (about 90¢)

Inka rail takes visitors from Ollantaytambo to Machu Picchu village where a bus will take them the rest of the way up the mountain. Daphne thought the hats were such bargains she bought more than one. She trys on the brown one on the train.
At the train station in Machu Picchu village Daphne and the others look for their guide.
It is an interesting mountain town. Daphne finds it very different from home.
Machu Picchu at last. It is breathtaking and a dream come true for Daphne and her friends.
Machu Picchu is in the cloud forest and is very misty. The Inka believed that the gods lived in the clouds and visited Machu Picchu everyday.
Daphne climbs higher (despite a bad case of altitude sickness in her traveling companion) and can't take her eyes off the view.
Daphne waits patiently on a wall while her traveling companions finds her breath in the rare air.

After several happy hours exploring the beautiful site the gang must descend to the village. It's getting dark and the town below is preparing for its New Year's Eve celebrations.

The village square is alive with music, fireworks and revelers. There is great excitement and lots of singing and dancing.
Daphne decides to try the famous Peruvian cocktail the Pisco Sour. Pisco is a grape distilled brandy similar to Italian Grappa. It has a bit of a kick.
 Which Daphne finds out very quickly.
 On the first morning of 2011 Daphne is still in Peru. Apparently coffee is her best friend this morning.

I wish all my wonderful blog friends all the best in 2011. May all your dreams come true this year.

Big hugs to all of you


  1. Oh, what a great journey! Thanks for sharing, such wonderful fotos you shot. It is so nice to take the dolls with us on our visits to other landscapes.

  2. What a great trip! That Daphne knows how to get around. Love the scenery, dialog and humor. Happy New Year indeed! CM

  3. Happy New Year, Daphne and Susan! Thanks for sharing these lovely photos. It looks like Daphne found somewhere that likes bright colours as much as she does! Just as well that dolls don't suffer from altitude sickness, or else they'd probably have it a lot of the time - so sorry to hear that Daphne's human companions did. Hope you all still enjoyed the breathtaking views!

  4. For some reason I just don't think Dolls should drink. Your pictures are breathtaking. Glad you toughed it out to get some really classic photos. Fabulous! I think the Gods live there too. The beauty is extreme. Welcome back home Susan. Really great post.

  5. WOW! Great Photos! I think they are even better for having Daphne in them! Those shots from the higher elevation were worth the altitude sickness (says someone near sea level! LOL)
    Thanks for sharing your trip! I LOVE seeing dolls that travel abroad!

  6. Amy, What CM meant to say was "Dolls don't drink - much." They are very small so there's always lots left over for their 1:1 companions.

    Thanks everyone. I am glad you enjoyed the pictures. Rebecca, you are so right about dolls being lucky not to get Altitude Sickness. Just taking them upstairs would effect them.

    I am glad my blogger friends reminded me to take Daphne along. I almost forgot to pack her.