Beach house 2009

Last weekend we got together with our friends and their kids and their kids' kids for a beach trip to Surfside, Texas. Here is a picture of 14 of the 15 grandchildren (Emma had to leave before we took the group shot). All 32 of us in one big house for 3 nights. Now that's what I call togetherness!

Astros third baseman, # 27 , Geoff Blum

Last week we got to meet Geoff Blum from the Astros at Mitchell's fire house. He is #27 for the Astros and has adopted HFD station 27. He signed baseballs and shirts and let Conner and his friend, Mark try on his jersey. They have a bit of growing to do to fill out that jersey. He was a great guy and has 4 daughters at home, one 5 year old and 4 year old triplets! Evidentally HFD Station 27 is good luck for him because he got the game winning hit in the 9th to beat the Washington Nationals that same night. GO Astros!

Our last days in Peru

We are home now and rested after a 30 hour trip back to the US. We loved the tour and here are a few pix of our last days in Cusco and Lima.
The convent and Catacombs at Lima

Lima's cathedral was so beautiful!

This altar was entirely covered in mosaic murals

Our lunch at Paddy Flaherty's in Cusco

The cathedral in Cusco

The ladies of Ollantaytambo

Peru update 7.5.09

Today we visited a cameloid farm and got to feed the cute wool producing animals and see how they dyed and wove the yarn. It was YARN HEAVEN! After that we went to the market at Pisac, the ruins at Ollantaytambo and had lunch at a beautiful hacienda near Urubamba. We are having a great time! The children of Peru are exquisite.

Peru update 7.4.09

Happy 4th of July to all our friends and family back home!

Yesterday we hiked to the top of Machu Picchu (Joe hiked up twice, but that is a story for another day).
It was so beautiful and impressive and I will try to send a few pictures with this post.
The altitude bothered us more in Cusco than here. It a difference of 3000 feet from Cusco down to Machu Picchu.
Today is shopping and relaxing and then a train ride back through the massive canyon to Cusco.

We love Peruvian people. They are so helpful and kind.

Peru update 7.3.09

Hello from Aguas Calientes,
We had a busy day in Cusco yesterday seeing lots of Inca Ruins and the silver and textile factories. Last night we dined on the traditional Peruvian dish of PIZZA ITALIANO per Susan´s request. It tasted great!

Today we took a beautiful 3 hour train ride to the Machu Picchu area and we are heading out now for our first view of the site. Peru is so interesting and we are having alot of fun.

Peru update

My sweet husband buying me a replacement camera in Cusco.

We had a lovely dinner on the square in Cusco, complete with Andean music from a group of 5 brothers.
Night time on the square in Cusco. That is the Church of St. Francis on the far side. Today we go on a tour and see the silversmiths and weavers in action.

Our Peru Adventure

Buenos Tardes!

We are in the mountain city of Cusco in Peru. Today we took a 1 hour flight from Lima over the mountains and the coastal desert to the Incan Empire city of Cusco. We will be here sightseeing for a few days and slowly acclimatizing to the elevation of 11,000 feet. So far so good. I was instructed by our travel guide, Edwin, today to take a long afternoon nap and so I did. Tonight we go to the town square for a Peruvian meal of alpaca steak and quinoa soup. We have been drinking coca tea and eating the local chocolate to ward off altitude sickness.
I do not have any pictures today because I left my camera on the airplane and when security went to look for it ten minutes later, the camera had ¨disappeared¨. I will be shopping for a new camera soon.
Our group is very friendly and interesting, mostly educators and their families.
Our last night in Lima we saw a folk dancing and traditional music program while dining on ceviche, asparagus soup and yucca balls. I draw the line at guinea pig though.....